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Country superstar Dierks Bentley rolled into the Darien Lake Amphitheatre Saturday night for the latest stop on his “Mountain High” tour and delivered an evening of feel-good, rockin’ country music to a packed house . Bentley took the stage just after 9:20 p.m., under a starry sky with a cool breeze easing through the amphitheater. Dressed in black jeans and a plaid shi…

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Country megastar Dierks Bentley is one of the genre's biggest stars visiting the area this summer. He performed on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Darien Lake Amphitheatre.

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Slayer's reign as the undisputed overlords of dark, aggressive thrash-metal is coming to an end after 38 years. Unsurprisingly, the band is not going quietly, as an Aug. 3 stop at Darien Lake Amphitheatre, part of the band's farewell tour, made plain. If this was indeed the end, then Slayer departed at the height of its powers - grimly defiant, dangerously loud, awash i…

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Frustration with life's particulars doesn’t cease with age, nor does the simmering angst that accompanies the feeling. It’s always there, somewhere in the stomach or recesses of one’s memory, begging to be relieved by a savior or a sound. For many, both can be found in punk rock. And for those who understand the genre’s potency at its adolescent best, there’s the cheris…

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When punk rockers survive four decades in the business, they're worth checking out. That's the case with Descendents, who created a stir when they announced a trip to Buffalo RiverWorks for Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. See who enjoyed the show.

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Part of the Buffalo Infringement Festival, the Prince vs. Bowie Dance Party on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Mohawk Place got delightfully weird in remembering the music of the two late performing legends.

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1) Dierks Bentley, 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets begin at $39.50 and may be purchased here. Commentary: When it comes to Grammys, Dierks Bentley might be the Buffalo Bills of country artists. The Phoenix native has been nominated for a whopping 13 of the prestigious awards across eight years – and has yet to claim his f…

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It started, as so many amazing artistic ideas seem to, in a dorm room. At UB, Tony Caferro and Robert Hill envisioned Deep Thinka Records as a Buffalo-centric hip-hop label with an emphasis on fresh beats, forward-looking material and a positive ethos. Twenty years later, the label is booking hip-hop artists in 250 markets, while simultaneously nurturing Buffalo artists…

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Congressman Brian Higgins and his Exchange Street Band - a play off of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band - led the charge on South Buffalo Night at Live at Larkin on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Buffalo Celtic band Crikwater performed in front of the crowd, too.

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Buffalo Booze & Brews Music Festival, noon Aug. 4, Buffalo Distilling Company & Flying Bison Brewing Company (860 and 840 Seneca St.), $10. Between the weekly Live at Larkin series, an upcoming Beatles Rooftop Tribute and countless lunch-time accompaniment sets for the business district's many employees, Larkinville continues to make a push to be the go-to local…

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Chicago and REO Speedwagon have been performing for decades. Each outfit has a sound that’s not exactly intertwined with the other, and neither needs the other to fill an amphitheater—yet here we are. What does this mean for fans of both bands? A two-for-one special, scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater. Here's a quick look at where both bands have b…

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Thousands of faithful descended on Darien Lake July 30 for the first full day of Kingdom Bound, the annual Christian music and arts festival. The day was filled with music and worship led by local and national speakers and performers. Taking center stage at the Performing Arts Center was former “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey. Remembered as much for his tragic back…

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Wilson Buffalo date announced Steven Wilson has added dates to his "To the Bone" tour, and one of them just happens to be a Nov. 27 stop at the Town Ballroom. Happy Thanksgiving! Kick out the Words MC5 founder Wayne Kramer's biography "The Hard Stuff" (Da Capo) is often harrowing, sometimes hilarious and always compelling. The other Beck If you've seen J…