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Each year, the WYRK Taste of Country festival does big business, bringing some of the idiom’s biggest stars together for a mini-festival. The Taste of Country gig always seems to be a sellout, and part of the reason for its success comes down to the diversity of the lineup. For a reasonable ticket price, fans can catch a whole lot of country in one spot, from up-and-coming…

They’ve been holed up in the recording studio outside of Fredonia with producer Dave Fridmann for many a month by now, but Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Godlwasser – known collectively as MGMT – will take a break to play some live shows this summer. One of these takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Artpark, as part of the Coors Light Wednesdays concert series. Whether …

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LEWISTON – Joan Jett has been proving it all night since she was 16 years old, at that point as the principal songwriter and rhythm guitarist with the Runaways. She struck commercial gold in the ’80s with her own blend of ’60s pop hooks and punk-rock grit.She and her band, the Blackhearts, haven’t had similar commercial success since, despite the fact that Jett is widely h…

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It’s been an awfully long time since the Goo Goo Dolls truly belonged to Buffalo.When the band played the Continental regularly, could be seen around town on a consistent basis and seemed poised to fulfill our hopes as Western New York’s own version of the Replacements, we felt like we owned them.With the release of album No. 10, “Magnetic,” (out today) it’s more than obvi…

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Primus tacked a date onto the end of their current tour to play the inaugural show of the Niagara River Rocks Concert Series at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda on Sunday evening. It was a free show. Needless to say, the place was packed. Though no official numbers were available, a sea of people greeted Primus as the three-piece avant garde funk and prog-rock trio took th…

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“Well well, Buffalo. Y’all don’t mess around, do ya?”This was Marcus Miller addressing the sold out Bear’s Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday night. The revered jazz bassist, composer, bandleader and producer was simultaneously acknowledging the enthusiastic response of the audience, and giving our town some serious props – Miller told the assembled that audiences …

This year marks a first for June in Buffalo. The UB-based contemporary classical music festival introduced its inaugural Performance Institute, designed to further develop the interpretation of contemporary music through seminars, master classes, and the resulting concert, which was given in the intimate Baird Recital Hall on UB’s North Campus on Friday night.The program …

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A few minutes into this summer’s first Thursday at Canalside concert, an announcer greeted the 20 or so people straggling around the harbor and said he anticipated a “small but mighty crowd” for the rest of the evening.What gave that away? Oh, right – probably how most of Thursday was plagued with some of the harshest rain we’ve seen this season. Brooklyn’s much-loved rock…

Is it possible for the average trip to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to feel even classier than it usually does? Well, of course: The schedule for the annual Jazz at the Albright-Knox summer concert series has been announced.The jazz series, presented by The Buffalo News, returns this summer with five free concerts featuring local and national jazz artists. Whether you’re …

It’s as much of a tradition as the art fest itself. For the 31st time, Nietzsche’s will host its annual Allentown Art Festival Music Fest. The all-day, all-night affair spanning Saturday and Sunday features a full-stocked roster of Buffalo artists performing on two stages inside the venerable Allentown club.On Saturday, the music runs from 2 p.m. until closing, and $2 gets…

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Did he still have the banshee howl?It’s been a long time since Axl Rose was the undisputed king of the underground Los Angeles rock scene. Back then, his band, Guns N’ Roses, was the ‘it’ band, the group that had been able to navigate the terrain between punk, metal and glam rock. It has been 20 years since Guns N’ Roses played Buffalo, the last time being a headlining slo…

The Modigliani Quartet did us all a favor in Tuesday’s Buffalo Chamber Music Society concert when they opted to conclude with the unfamiliar Dohnanyi 1926 Quartet No. 3.The music is so attractive that it’s hard to believe this performance was its Buffalo premiere. The early music of Dohnanyi (1877-1960) was clearly flavored by Brahms and Hungarian folk influences, but this…

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"Jazz needs a wake-up call." That's renowned jazz keyboardist Robert Glasper's take on the art form he has spent his already-storied career exploring. With his own piano-led trio, Glasper, a 34-year-old native of Houston and graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, made it plain to the world that he has the chops, the vocabulary an…

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Much has changed over the two years since Roger Waters last presented his masterpiece "The Wall" in Buffalo. And yet, nothing has really changed. And Pink Floyd's "The Wall" remains one of the most stirring 20th-century exegeses on the alienation engendered by the above. In Buffalo, our love for Waters, Pink Floyd, and "The Wall" remains undiminished. Just like last …

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"If you're here, and we're here, then they're here." With this simple sentence, Bruce Springsteen turned Friday night's sold-out show at the First Niagara Center into that rarest of rare arena-rock experiences -- a concert that offered transcendence to those looking for it, a musical experience that moved beyond the music itself and toward a sense of shared community. …