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New York City has the New School, a tangible history of groundbreaking jazz, high-profile jazz clubs and a dense population of potential fans. But Buffalo has a serious jazz scene too, one that rivals any city of its size in the country. We may not be New York, but we have more than our fair share of world-class jazz musicians in town.In Buffalo, jazz – the best of it – st…

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Australian indie-electronica outfit Cut Copy has a new album out titled “Free Your Mind.” If you believe that the best electronic dance music should reference ’70s AM radio pop, disco and ’80s synth pop, then you probably already own the thing, or have streamed it, or perhaps borrowed your brother’s girlfriend’s copy. This is infectious stuff, often infectious enough to ma…

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Talk about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.The members of the all-female pop/ a cappella act Fifth Harmony all participated in the second season of the televised talent show “The X Factor” as individual performers. However, all five of the ladies failed to make it past the “Judges’ House” level of the competition. It only was when they bonded and banded t…

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PopThe War on DrugsLost In the Dream[Secretly Canadian]4 starsAdam Granduciel is a name familiar to anyone immersed in the world of contemporary indie rock. Granduciel’s The War on Drugs emerged into the indie spotlight largely on the strength of its second effort, 2011’s “Slave Ambient,” though by that time, Granduciel had already established underground credibility by wo…

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PopThe War on DrugsLost In the Dream[Secretly Canadian]4 starsAdam Granduciel is a name familiar to anyone immersed in the world of contemporary indie rock. Granduciel’s The War on Drugs emerged into the indie spotlight largely on the strength of its second effort, 2011’s “Slave Ambient,” though by that time, Granduciel had already established underground credibility by wo…

If ever a young jazz musician were a perfect fit for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz series, it’s Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced Ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee). His newest disc, for instance, is titled “The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint” and there’s no question that this is a musician whose remarkable formal inventiveness seems as much sometimes a…

New York City has the New School, a tangible history of groundbreaking jazz, high-profile jazz clubs and a dense population of potential fans. But Buffalo has a serious jazz scene too, one that rivals any city of its size in the country. We may not be New York, but we have more than our fair share of world-class jazz musicians in town.In Buffalo, jazz – the best of it – st…

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Australian indie-electronica outfit Cut Copy has a new album out titled “Free Your Mind.” If you believe that the best electronic dance music should reference ’70s AM radio pop, disco and ’80s synth pop, then you probably already own the thing, or have streamed it, or perhaps borrowed your brother’s girlfriend’s copy. This is infectious stuff, often infectious enough to ma…

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Talk about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.The members of the all-female pop/ a cappella act Fifth Harmony all participated in the second season of the televised talent show “The X Factor” as individual performers. However, all five of the ladies failed to make it past the “Judges’ House” level of the competition. It only was when they bonded and banded t…

If ever a young jazz musician were a perfect fit for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz series, it’s Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced Ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee). His newest disc, for instance, is titled “The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint” and there’s no question that this is a musician whose remarkable formal inventiveness seems as much sometimes a…

Rare Earth. 7 p.m. April 25. The Forvm, 4224 Maple Road, Amherst. 831-3271. www.theforvmbuffalo.com. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show and $50 VIP.Guy Code/Girl Code Comedy Tour. 7:30 p.m. April 1, featuring Jordan Carlos, Damien Lemon and Nessa. Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, SUNY Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave. 878-3005. Tickets are $25 (box off…

The Artemis Quartet, based in Berlin, is an extraordinary ensemble. For one thing, they play on their feet – not seated, as you are used to seeing string quartets perform. The cellist gets to sit, but he sits on a platform, so his eyes can meet the eyes of his colleagues.It makes for a different tableau on stage. And on Tuesday in Kleinhans Music Hall’s Mary Seaton Room, …

The Artemis Quartet, based in Berlin, is an extraordinary ensemble. For one thing, they play on their feet – not seated, as you are used to seeing string quartets perform. The cellist gets to sit, but he sits on a platform, so his eyes can meet the eyes of his colleagues.It makes for a different tableau on stage. And on Tuesday in Kleinhans Music Hall’s Mary Seaton Room, …

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This weekend, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting a concert full of dreams. It culminates in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, a masterpiece that is easy to love. The symphony is best known for a singsong paean to the joys of heaven, which will be sung by soprano Heidi Grant Murphy. With words from German folk poetry, the song has its grotesque aspects (think of the Br…

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This weekend, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting a concert full of dreams. It culminates in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, a masterpiece that is easy to love. The symphony is best known for a singsong paean to the joys of heaven, which will be sung by soprano Heidi Grant Murphy. With words from German folk poetry, the song has its grotesque aspects (think of the Br…