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Over the past five years or so, the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) has grown from a fun and funky hole in the wall, where you just might catch an intimate show from one of the finest roots musicians in the country, into a beautifully remodeled and expanded central hub for lovers of Americana music and those abundantly talented musicians who play it.Roots music helped…

The arrival of Philadelphia-based company Global Spectrum as the new managers of Canalside – and therefore, of the summer concerts that happen there – has some area concertgoers concerned. There is the worry that we’ve given away something precious – local control of a local event that reflects the diverse tastes of our community. What will happen at Canalside over the nex…

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PopYoung the GiantMind Over Mattter[Fueled by RamEn]3 ½ starsI’ve been blindsided. There was just no way to be prepared for the growth exhibited by Young the Giant between the band’s 2010 debut and “Mind Over Matter,” its sophomore nod. That first record had its moments, to be sure, but its default setting seemed to be an only slightly above run-of-the-mill alternative roc…

Swear and Shake. 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. www.buffaloironworks.com. $10 advance, $12 day of show (box office, www.ticketfly.com).Jay Leno. 8 p.m. April 5. Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. 278-4944. www.senecaniagaracasino.com. $50-$120 (box office, www.ticketmaster.com). Queensryche. 8 p.m. April 18. R…

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We’ve met Nik Wallenda. Now it’s time to meet his family. Several Flying Wallendas, The Buffalo News has learned, will be flying off the rafters at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall when the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents Cirque Musica.The show features aerial artists and acrobats from Cirque de Soleil and Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey, and they will b…

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He did it.Kent Knappenberger, a Westfield Academy and Central School District music teacher, was named Tuesday as the recipient of the inaugural Music Educator Grammy Award, beating out 30,000 other music educators to win the honor.“I cried when I heard the announcement,” Knappenberger told The Buffalo News, shortly after landing in Los Angeles to commence several days of …

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Westfield Academy and Central School music teacher Kent Knappenberger has won the first annual Grammy Music Educator Award. The winner was announced live during today’s edition of the CBS Morning Show.

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EDMThe Crystal Method, “The Crystal Method” (Tiny e Records). Scott Kirkland and Ken D. Jordan of the Crystal Method have been making electronic dance music longer than most of the current crop of EDM superstars have been alive. They get points for authenticity, then – the duo’s efforts in this area helped pave the way for the current movement, and in most instances, the C…

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When was the last time you found yourself immersed in an art house-hosted double set of folk originals, Badfinger covers and sublime interpretations of Puccini opera offerings – all from the same trio of seasoned Buffalo musicians? Those who squeezed into a packed Pausa Art House on Friday night now have an answer to that question, as local performance royalty John Lombard…

NIAGARA FALLS – The call is out to area musicians for two upcoming events in Niagara Falls.The Niagara Falls Music & Arts Festival is accepting applications for bands, musicians and street performers for the fourth annual festival, scheduled for June 20 through June 22 on Old Falls Street.Interested parties can submit their information at www.festivalatthefalls.com. Vendor…

The words of a mystical 19th century poet will ring forth in a new setting at 2 p.m. Sunday in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.In an adventurous move, the church choir will be joined by 26 musicians from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by BPO Associate Concertmaster Ansgarius Aylward, in performing the Transcendental Sonnets of Kyle Gann, written to poetry…

The concert featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Mozart and Salieri,” at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, gets the BPO’s spring Classics season off to a riveting start. Here is your cheat sheet to what follows. Concerts are in Kleinhans Music Hall, and unless indicated, JoAnn Falletta conducts. For more information, call 885-5000.8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2: Rachmanin…

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AlternativeThe Pixies EP 2[Pixies]2 starsFor many diehard Pixies fans, the release of “EP 2” will offer proof positive that you can’t go home again.This seminal post-punk/alternative band meant so much to the development of American music’s underbelly during the ’80s that it’s almost as if those who venerated the band back then would rather it be left alone in their memori…

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It is one of history’s most enduring questions, up there with the lost continent of Atlantis and the JFK assassination.Was Mozart poisoned?Specifically, was he poisoned by rival composer Antonio Salieri?Old whispers resurfaced in the 1980s, with the success of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” as a play and a movie about deadly envy. But Shaffer did not come up with the idea.A cen…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s new Know the Score concerts might be designed for folks new to classical music, but everyone can enjoy them. And because they’re brief events, without intermission, they can most likely fit into your hectic post-holiday life.Next Thursday, Know the Score zeroes in on the colorful music of Aaron Copland. Copland, who spent some time here…