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Joe Pug isn’t the first singer/songwriter to deal with Bob Dylan comparisons. It’s a convenient label to put on a contemplative guy with an acoustic guitar, sweet head of hair and narrative lyrics that enthrall listeners with their literary vividness and punctuating cadence. (See: Bruce Springsteen, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”) But the Maryland native isn’t the n…

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1) Holiday Valley Wine & Beer Festival, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $65 and may be purchased here. Admission includes a $5 voucher for food. Commentary: For most people, Ellicottville is a destination, and in the gap between Fall Fest and the start of ski and snowboard season, you might th…

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There’s so much depth to both “Proper Dose,” the pop-punk-transcending album recently released by rock band The Story So Far, and the tour supporting it that lands Nov. 13 at the Town Ballroom. Joining the six-piece California-based band are three other equally notable acts within the pop-punk scene: Turnover, Citizen and Movements. Most impressively and intriguingly, …

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The Joy Formidable, 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa), $25-$55. Former buzz act the Joy Formidable will be posting up at downtown Buffalo's newest music venue. After a short batch of West coast dates opening for the Foo Fighters ended in September, the Welsh act returned to the road in a headlining role to support its fourth full-length record, the cathartic "…

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Here’s a special show that, somewhat inexplicably is flying well beneath the radar. We’ve got some serious musical royalty passing through town to perform an unusual show in an incredibly intimate venue. Billed as “The Rumble Tour,” the event slated for 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, will feature a performance by what is essenti…

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Few modern rockers effectively capture the timeless sound and soul of pure, unadulterated rock 'n' roll. When done right, rock 'n' roll needs no synthesizers, atmospherics, or hi-fi production. Ty Segall does rock 'n' roll right — and he'll perform it in its purest form when he plays an acoustic set at Buffalo Iron Works on Nov. 4 with William Tyler, an indie-folk guita…

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This weekend, two of the biggest popular music acts of the past 25 years-plus will take over KeyBank Center on subsequent evenings. Conventional logic suggests that love for these acts is mutually exclusive. Hard-boiled Metallica fans are not likely to follow Saturday’s likely tour de force by returning to KeyBank Center on Sunday for Justin Timberlake’s stop on the “Ma…

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If you’re familiar with rock history and are aware of who the major players, unless you’re heading to Rochester’s Kodak Theatre to see Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul on Oct. 20, I’d better see you at Johnny Marr’s Town Ballroom gig, the guitarist and band-leader’s first appearance in Buffalo in more than a decade. Marr, as co-founder and musical director of t…

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Scene-pioneering electrogaze outfit the Glitch Mob will make a stop during its “See Without Eyes” tour at the Town Ballroom on Oct. 13. While bassheads will certainly get their fix, the Glitch Mob - edIT (Edward Ma), Boreta (Justin Boreta) and Ooah (Josh Mayer) is more refined and technical than rave-style EDM music. Often referred to as intelligent dance music (IDM), …

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Here are some of the biggest events in the Buffalo area for Monday through Thursday. Stay tuned for The 10, which publishes Thursday morning, for the weekend's top events. Neko Case Doors at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in Asbury Hall in Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $32.50 in advance here, $35 day of show. Country-folk singer-songwriter Neko Case is touring off her s…

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Welsh pop-punk five-piece Neck Deep and three notable sidekicks will play angsty, mosh-pit-prompting music on Sept. 25 at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Trophy Eyes, WSTR, and Stand Atlantic round out a powerhouse bill on "The Peace and The Panic USA Tour 2." Breakthrough effort “A Part of Me" (featuring Laura Whiteside) from Neck Deep’s debut 2012 album, “Rain in July,”…

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Let’s face facts – for music lovers around here, the whistle blows in mid-May, and then it’s a breathless race to Labor Day, the winner defined as the fan who has collected the most concert ticket stubs when the dust finally clears. When this flurry of purposeful motion ends, you feel like you’ve fallen into a bit of a vacuum, and a mild depression sets in. I’m here …

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Aging gracefully and knowing when it’s time to call it a day are not part of the purview of rock ‘n’ roll, generally speaking. Case in point: I saw the Who on what the band was calling its “farewell tour” in 1982. At the end of 2017, that band – what’s left of it – was still touring. Cher, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne – countless musicians have insisted they were kicking the who…

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After a busy weekend of events in Buffalo, the pace slows down considerably from Monday through Thursday; intimate concerts, a flashy food fundraiser and two three-star local plays stand out from the rest. An Evening with Yo La Tengo Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 Sept. 13 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $26 in advance here and $30 at the door. New Jersey cu…

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Think of blues-based hard rock and heavy metal as sounds that rattle dashboards in their own separate ways. Hear the deliberate and dynamic guitar forays, the undercurrent of bass and barrage of snares and cymbals. Envision the musicians behind these separate forms of nuanced mayhem, and you may see the lineups of the pulsating Deep Purple and Judas Priest. The English-bor…