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PopDavid Sylvian, “Do You Know Me Now: Digital 45” (SamadhiSound). In mid-2013, David Sylvian was invited to participate in an installation by visual artist Phil Collins - no, not the drummer from Genesis - in which artists were asked to interpret anonymously recorded telephone conversations as raw materials for a composition. The conversations were generated from a phone …

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The cult of Clutch was out in full force Friday, filling the Town Ballroom to capacity, and celebrating the wonderfully weird heaviness of the Maryland stoner metal icons with fist-pumping enthusiasm.Never heard of Clutch? Well, that’s part of the fun for the band’s fans, who are quite content to bask in the group’s underground status – Clutch is their band, and those who …

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PopDavid Sylvian, “Do You Know Me Now: Digital 45” (SamadhiSound). In mid-2013, David Sylvian was invited to participate in an installation by visual artist Phil Collins - no, not the drummer from Genesis - in which artists were asked to interpret anonymously recorded telephone conversations as raw materials for a composition. The conversations were generated from a phone …

PopVarious ArtistsPeter Gabriel: And I’ll Scratch Yours[Real World]3½ stars (Out of four)Peter Gabriel always has been an artist concerned with “the big idea,” be it a prog-rock concept album, a complete collection where the drummer is forbidden to use cymbals, or an entire song-cycle dealing with the dissolution of a marriage. Several years ago, Gabriel initiated yet anot…

PopVarious ArtistsPeter Gabriel: And I’ll Scratch Yours[Real World]3½ stars (Out of four)Peter Gabriel always has been an artist concerned with “the big idea,” be it a prog-rock concept album, a complete collection where the drummer is forbidden to use cymbals, or an entire song-cycle dealing with the dissolution of a marriage. Several years ago, Gabriel initiated yet anot…

Detroit Cobras. 8 p.m. Jan. 26. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. www.waitingroombuffalo.com. $12 advance, $14 day of show (box office, www.ticketfly.com).John Corabi with Brandon Gibbs Acoustic Show. 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Braun’s Concert Cove, 11891 Main Road, Akron. 542-2425, www.braunsbar.com. $10 advance, $12 day of show.Lisa Lampanelli. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7 an…

The Topper Social Club was a popular bar and live music spot in Niagara Falls that opened in 1926 as the go-to joint for swing-era sounds. The club moved through many guises – including a tenure as a genuine speakeasy – before finally closing its doors in 1996.Late in 2012, the club was reopened under new management, after undergoing significant restoration of woodwork and…

It was fitting that Girlpope was the last band to take the stage at Mohawk Place. The group had been a mainstay of the club during its peak years, and for that January 2013 finale, no band more suitably served the purpose of the delivery of a fond, boozy and emotional farewell, with various miscreant characters, musicians and fans flooding the stage to share the final curt…

If you, as a regional fan of heavy rock and metal, have felt a little bit underserved for a while, well, Friday night belongs to you. Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) will be given over to a psychedelic metal/stoner rock triple bill, headlined by the mighty Clutch, and also featuring relative upstarts the Sword and Crobot.The drought has been a …

Alternative rockers from the 1990s are gradually morphing into “classic rock” icons before our very eyes. Of course, none of these musicians is doing anything particularly radical by way of transforming themselves and hopping demographic descriptive borders. Rather, simply by dint of surviving, bands like Eve 6 are finding themselves viewed as elder statesmen of ’90s alt-r…

The Topper Social Club was a popular bar and live music spot in Niagara Falls that opened in 1926 as the go-to joint for swing-era sounds. The club moved through many guises – including a tenure as a genuine speakeasy – before finally closing its doors in 1996.Late in 2012, the club was reopened under new management, after undergoing significant restoration of woodwork and…

It was fitting that Girlpope was the last band to take the stage at Mohawk Place. The group had been a mainstay of the club during its peak years, and for that January 2013 finale, no band more suitably served the purpose of the delivery of a fond, boozy and emotional farewell, with various miscreant characters, musicians and fans flooding the stage to share the final curt…

If you, as a regional fan of heavy rock and metal, have felt a little bit underserved for a while, well, Friday night belongs to you. Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) will be given over to a psychedelic metal/stoner rock triple bill, headlined by the mighty Clutch, and also featuring relative upstarts the Sword and Crobot.The drought has been a …

Alternative rockers from the 1990s are gradually morphing into “classic rock” icons before our very eyes. Of course, none of these musicians is doing anything particularly radical by way of transforming themselves and hopping demographic descriptive borders. Rather, simply by dint of surviving, bands like Eve 6 are finding themselves viewed as elder statesmen of ’90s alt-r…

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NEW YORK – Before midnight on New Year’s Eve at Barclays Center, in his first Brooklyn concert since he played in a Long Island garage band, Billy Joel sat at a Steinway grand between two guitarists. He wore a dark suit and tie, sang clearly and evenly, and spoke to the audience by announcing the name of a song, the album it came from, the year it was released. About a thi…