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This weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is playing Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The word is that Meyers will be coming to Kleinhans with a legendary violin, the “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu, an instrument once owned by the virtuoso Henri Vieuxtemps. The Guarneri was lent to her recently by an anonymous be…

Hugh Cornwell. 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. 852-2860. www.tralfmusichall.com. $15 (box office, www.ticketmaster.com).Reverend Horton Heat. 8 p.m. Jan. 19, featuring Deke Dickerson with Nekromantix and the Creepshow. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. 852-2860. www.tralfmusichall.com. $24 advance, $27 day of show (box office, www.ticketmaster.com).The BBC Band…

Buffalo’s popular Viva Vivaldi Festival has two Sundays to go in its 35th anniversary season. And festive Sundays they are, as the Ars Nova Musicians and their music director, Marylouise Nanna, continue to bring some of the best talent around to the city’s most beautiful churches. This year, Maestra Nanna is presenting “The Four Seasons,” one season per concert.Sunday’s co…

OK, so it’s a tough sell to suggest that anyone should feel sorry for Dave Davies. The guy’s a legend, he’s one of the most influential electric guitarists of all time, and he was a significant part of one of the greatest bands in rock history, the Kinks. Surely, the man has had a great life, right? Money, women, limos and so forth?Bear with me for a moment, though, and im…

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At 81, Loretta Lynn is perhaps the longest enduring female singer in country music. She’s been at it since 1960, when she launched a career that would prove to be one of the most inspired and inspiring in the idiom’s history. A remarkably strong woman, Lynn rose from humble beginnings in the coal mining town of Paintsville, Ky., to the heights of country stardom. Along the…

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We all love our short lists – especially this time of year, when the world, like a whirling CD, seems to be spinning faster and faster.Still, naming only five essential albums is an impossible task. Rock and pop have been around since the 1950s. Jazz has been around even longer. And classical music – trace its history, and you are talking a millennium.That’s why our critic…

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One of the finest American power-pop outfits to emerge from the 1990s, the Gin Blossoms carved a niche on the basis of buoyant, sunny melodies, impossible-to-forget chorus hooks, and the layered, jangly guitars that can be traced back to work by the Byrds and Big Star.Though the band had to overcome crushing tragedy in its earliest days – co-founder Doug Hopkins committed …

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Everything seemed to be going so well, from the vantage point of the audience. Yet Sinead O’Connor’s highly anticipated return to Western New York after more than 20 years concluded a mere hour after it had begun, with the singer in what appeared to be a highly distressed state.O’Connor and her band arrived on the stage of the Riviera Theatre on Tuesday in seemingly good s…

Flutist Carol Wincenc is one of many distinguished musicians born in the Buffalo area. But she is inarguably the one who most frequently favors her hometown with return visits.Tuesday evening, as a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, she was back for the umpteenth time for a performance in the Buffalo Chamber Music Society series. Her colleagues in the famed quintet a…

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LOS ANGELES – Miles Davis died here more than 20 years ago, but in some ways he remains as much a presence as ever, and not just because recordings continue to be issued under his name. A book of his paintings and drawings was published last week, a biopic about him is in the works, a stamp with his image circulates, and a museum exhibition devoted to his life is traveling…

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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Bette Midler may not have been up for a full concert series at the Avalon Ballroom, but she knew she couldn’t get away without singing at all.Two quick numbers, one freshly learned and one famous, closed out her hourlong “Conversation with Bette Midler” at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort on Sunday night. And yes, the crowd went wild.Before that, t…

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s “Gift to the Community” concert series is an example of truth in advertising and a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. This set of concerts is an exclusive showcase for young performers filled with promise, ambition and talent.Ji-Yong, a 22-year-old pianist, is definitely one of those people, but the arc of his artistic career is…

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Nearly 450 million people have visited YouTube and clicked on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ video for the uber-fun novelty tune “Thrift Shop.” Yet only 5,000 of them showed up to support the duo on Saturday, when M&RL showed up in First Niagara Center for a show on their “The Heist” tour. Clearly, we are still working out the kinks when it comes to this whole “turning Internet…

Classical CrossoverOut of Africa and Around the World, performed by Denis Azabagic, guitar (Cedille Records). Every culture has stringed instruments that are cousin to the guitar: the balalaika, say, or the zither. This quirky, often sweet contemporary music approaches classical guitar from cultures not often associated with it. Vojislav Ivanovic is a Slavic composer, and …

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Rock...Ted Nugent, “Ultralive Ballisticrock – Deluxe Edition” (Frontiers Records, two discs plus DVD). No, Ted. You can’t do what you’re trying to do here. You can’t go from Motor City disorderly musical conduct to troglodyte Obama-bashing politics without turning into the brain-addled, quasi-seditious buffoon that former fans have long suspected all that onstage noise wou…