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Were you there at Canalside in June, when Buffalo’s jam band ambassadors to the world, moe., returned to the city of its birth for a concert-slash-party? Did you stay until the very end, when the band was joined by a horn section, tearing through a take on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” as well as moe.’s own “Akimbo” and “Threw It All Away,” before conc…

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Max Cavalera is the real deal. A Lifer. A guy who, should he happen to cut himself, will bleed metal. If you doubt this, you should ask Max directly. Go ahead. I dare you. By the time he formed Soulfly, Cavalera’s metal credentials were already in order, seeing as he’d served as frontman for underground legends Sepultura for a good chunk of time. But that former gig would…

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Max Cavalera is the real deal. A Lifer. A guy who, should he happen to cut himself, will bleed metal. If you doubt this, you should ask Max directly. Go ahead. I dare you.By the time he formed Soulfly, Cavalera’s metal credentials were already in order, seeing as he’d served as frontman for underground legends Sepultura for a good chunk of time. But that form…

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Route 219 to Ellicottville gets busier when the calendar turns to fall. Whether jammed with Oktoberfest partiers, EBC Blueberry drinkers or leather-clad Harley riders, the route starts to welcome more traffic on September and October weekends before becoming legitimately crowded after the season’s first snowfall. That’s why a trip to this weekend’s Rock n’ Oldies event in…

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Melodies. When it comes to indie-rock, that’s what separates men from boys and girls from women. You might have all the indie cred in the world, the proper guitar sounds, the approved anti-mainstream establishment attitude, and even the right beard, but if you don’t have killer melodies, you end up all dressed up with nowhere to go, musically speaking – you know, like Cour…

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We’re about to begin one of those packed Buffalo weekends, one you can point to when that moping, pessimistic friend of yours says things like, “there’s never anything to do around here.” If the next few days were simply build-up to arguably the most anticipated home opener in Bills history, they would be enough to note. Throw in the unexpected return of Queen City rock h…

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If you think Buffalo’s three-day St. Patrick’s Day hooley in March is enough to celebrate one of the region’s most prominent ethnicities, then you’ve thoroughly underestimated this city’s love of the Irish (and festivals). Starting at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 with its Parade of Ireland’s 32 Counties – which will welcome attendees to march with the flags of their ancestors – the Buf…

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Our Lady Peace has done what so many of its Canadian rock peers from the 1990s have failed to do – endure with integrity and relevance intact. Back in the mid-’90s, OLP was part of a class of emerging Canadian rock bands that seemed poised to follow in the path paved previously by the Tragically Hip. Acts like I Mother Earth, Moist, Pure and Moxy Fruvous represented a vibr…

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Buffalo residents love their live music – but not as much as their food. For evidence, visit this weekend’s Taste of Buffalo munch march up Delaware Avenue. Over 48 hours, tens of thousands of hungry revelers will descend upon downtown for America’s largest two-day food festival. On one lazy hike from Niagara Square to Chippewa, visitors can double-fist ribs from BW’s Bar…

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I miss Mohawk Place. I miss its cans of beer and the smell of each spilled on the floor. I miss the Anvil and Trashcan Sinatra stickers on its walls; I miss the framed glossies, the bedazzled archway and the Elvis in Buffalo placard. I miss the bar’s awful duct-taped toilet seat inside the city’s worst men’s room. But most of all, I miss the music. And…