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It’s the oldest battle in the Buffalo band business – the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between cover bands and original artists. The artistic credibility card is generally played by the original bands and songwriters. Meanwhile, the cover and tribute bands pack the house and make the money. Or so the old saw goes. The truth is more complex and nuanced. I’ve yet to meet …

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The World's Largest Disco, running Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, is the weekend's biggest event, but alas, it sells out well in advance every year, with 2018 no exception. But if you're looking to fill out your weekend or battle the FOMO of a disco-less year, here are several other Buffalo-area activities worth considering as part of this week's "Th…

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After a postponement delayed Juice Wrld's Buffalo appearance by more than a month, Tailor Made Music Festival - a fan-influenced show run by Fanbassador - took over Buffalo RiverWorks on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.

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The Beatles' legendary mid-'60s albums "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" are the selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the monthly series, held on select Mondays. Miers and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American musi…

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Indie-rock curmudgeon Mark Kozelek will be passing through town for a show at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.). Formerly the frontman of sadcore favorites Red House Painters, the melancholy singer-songwriter has been performing under the Sun Kil Moon moniker since sharing his fantastic debut album "Ghosts of the Great Highway" back in 2003. His latest …

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When Lindsey Buckingham – who comes to the Riviera Theatre with his band at 8 p.m. on Nov. 27 - was rather unceremoniously dismissed from Fleetwood Mac in January, like many of the man’s fans, I felt a sense of ethical outrage. After all, Fleetwood Mac had just announced a massive (and high-priced) tour, and undoubtedly, the band would be stuffing its set lists with son…

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PastMasters, 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $8. PastMasters, Buffalo's premiere Beatles tribute act, will return to the stage for a holiday installment of its Fab Four review. Since 2016, the seasoned crew of local musicians have been delivering faithful renditions of the deep catalog of rock music's most influential and popular act all around the…

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Happy Thanksgiving Week, Buffalo. Even though the Turkey Trot has sold out as usual, a smattering of strong events remain for Nov. 19 to 22, ranging from compelling live shows on Thanksgiving Eve to one of the biggest Broadway productions ever to visit Buffalo. 1. 'Hamilton' begins: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20; 1 and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21; continues Nov. 23 throu…

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Welcome home, everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving week. We’ve missed seeing you around, but we hope you’ve been well wherever you’re living these days. Now that you’re back, we’re sure you have plans. Black Friday shopping, a Tom & Jerry or three at The Place, and you probably want to tour some of the places you’ve been reading about since the last time you were home. …

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Every live show doesn’t have to be a marathon affair, with sweat-drenched musicians testing the depths of their catalog, and concertgoers wondering whether the gig will ever end. Some nights, a short and sweet evening of genuine communion between artist and attendees is more than enough. For the latter, see Joe Pug, who played a comparatively brief but engaging 70-mi…

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To an international fan-base comprised of listeners attuned to his ever-evolving vision, Steven Wilson represents the triumph of artistic integrity over the deadening aspects of musical conformity. Since launching Porcupine Tree as a one-man-band 30 years ago, Wilson has been a tireless advocate of musical wanderlust, moving through several musical landscapes before eme…

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It's finally time to see "Hamilton" at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. But whether you're a regular Shea's-goer or someone who doesn't get downtown often, you may have questions about attending the Broadway spectacle. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. What if I haven't received my tickets? If your tickets haven't come in the mail yet, contact the Shea's box o…

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Like all great band leaders throughout the history of jazz, Pat Metheny has long been savvy enough to keep his ear to the ground, to remain open to new ideas, and to work with fresh blood. It’s a philosophy that has served the multiple Gold Album-awarded, 20-time Grammy winner incredibly well. For his new project – Pat Metheny Side Eye, which he has described as a new p…

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Some members of the busy cast of "Hamilton" are using a night off during their Buffalo stay to help others. The vocalists, accompanied by the band also from "Hamilton," will put on a holiday-themed benefit concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. All of the proceeds benefit Broadway Cares, an indus…

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As "Hamilton" arrives for its local debut, Buffalo News staffers Jeff Miers and Colin Dabkowski along with contributing writer Ben Siegel participated in a sparring match in an attempt to ascertain the true merits of this groundbreaking play’s radical use of music. Jeff Miers: I was suspicious of “Hamilton” before I heard the music. Hip-hop and musical theater make str…