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For 12 years, Railroad Earth has made the marriage of folk, bluegrass and jam music accessible to those who more than likely didn’t grow up listening to bluegrass, while simultaneously grabbing their share of the popular music audience that favors improvisation in its musical choices. That’s something higher-profile “pop grass” acts like Mumford & Sons have failed to do.Th…

The Security Project. 8 p.m. March 3. Featuring members of the Peter Gabriel Band and King Crimson performing the music of Peter Gabriel. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. 852-2860. www.tralfmusichall.com. Tickets are $21 advance, $24 day of show (box office, www.ticketmaster.com).USS. 8 p.m. March 14. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. www.buffaloironworks.com. Ti…

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PopDavid Crosby, “Croz” (Blue Castle). David Crosby’s first solo album in 20 years flies in the face of the old saw that rock’s first great generation, most of its members now in the area of 70 years of age, can do nothing but imitate past triumphs and, more often than not, fail at the effort. Crosby should be dead at this point, to say nothing of making sturdily elegant j…

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Comedian, radio personality and author Adam Carolla is widely accepted as the godfather of podcasts.He is to your iPhone app what James Brown is to soul; what George Clinton is to funk; and what Vito Andolini was to the Corleones.How was Carolla’s designation determined?He popularized the medium in 2009 when his show’s ad-libbed structure earned millions of listeners and l…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is about to wake up those sleepy snowbirds down in Florida. This weekend, the orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, joined by pianist Philippe Bianconi, are giving Buffalo a preview of the concert they are taking on the road.What a concert it is. Bianconi is playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In the right hands, the “Rach…

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10:30 a.m. Oct. 10; 8 p.m. Oct. 11: A Rachmaninoff Festival begins with the Russian master’s Symphony No. 2, “The Sea and the Seagull,” and the Piano Concerto No. 4, with Fabio Bidini as soloist. 8 p.m. Oct. 18; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19: The Rachmaninoff continues: Gabriella Martinez plays the Piano Concerto No. 1. Also, “The Isle of the Dead” and “The Bells,” with soprano Rebecc…

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Singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl isn’t enough for soprano Renee Fleming. Later this year, her rich, warm voice will be heard at another kickoff.Fleming will be singing at the Sept. 13 opening gala of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014-15 season. It is a coup considering that at the moment she is the world’s most-talked-about soprano. “We’ve been trying …

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Man, what is hip-hop?Everyone has a different answer. For me, it’s funk, with a real band playing, and a poet crafting poetry in real rhythmic time.So I left Jay Z’s show at First Niagara Center on Thursday a happy man. He may be an entrepreneur, he may be signing the best athletes to his personal sports agency, he may be married to the woman who is most likely the most be…

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MILWAUKEE – It should have been one of those nights musicians live for. Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for nearly two decades, had just closed a chamber concert in his own “Frankly Music” series with Messiaen’s hushed, eerily intense “Quartet for the End of Time.” Almond drew the graceful, ringing high notes of the finale from his prized 17…

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MILWAUKEE – It should have been one of those nights musicians live for. Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for nearly two decades, had just closed a chamber concert in his own “Frankly Music” series with Messiaen’s hushed, eerily intense “Quartet for the End of Time.” Almond drew the graceful, ringing high notes of the finale from his prized 17…

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When French pianist Philippe Bianconi last played with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, in 2010, he made quite an impression. Bianconi, a winner of the Van Cliburn Competition back in the ’80s, played Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.“He appears to be an artist of the old school,” ran the review in The Buffalo News. “He radiated confidence – happiness, even, walking out…

Hayden Fogle spent some time In Mississippi while growing up. Now – at the ripe old age of 13 – that early experience in the American South has seeped into what is already a blossoming musical virtuosity. Fogle plays the electric blues like a seasoned journeyman. His depth of soul, incisive phrasing and tendency to favor subtle nuance over flash suggests a musical maturity…

No matter what they do, the Grammys just can’t seem to get it right. For every step forward, there are two awkward stumbles backward. It’s sad. And yet, it’s also hilarious.But the humor is delivered in a bouquet of razor blades, if you count yourself among those for whom music is something more than an occasional diversion. You can giggle at the absurdity of Katy Perry’s …

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The Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin can do it all, from Appalachian back-porch picking to blues to the outer reaches of classical music. Once, in Buffalo, she proved herself especially versatile navigating the twists and turns of a score by Lukas Foss. Isbin surrounds herself with like-minded artists. On her latest album, “Guitar Passions,” she is joined by fri…