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BY KRIS KIELICHSpecial to The NewsOnly a few bands from Buffalo have made as big an impact in music as Every Time I Die. The band, founded by brothers Keith and Jordan Buckley, took a traditional hardcore foundation and mixed it with a tinge of Southern rock that caused ripples in the underground music scene and put ETID on the map.The group’s sharp and poetic lyric…

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The singing group Harmonia’s last concert was “rained out” – that is, cut short because of a sprinkler malfunction in the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The group has rescheduled the truncated concert for 7 p.m. Sunday. It’s a colorful program, called “Echoes of the Present” because all the arrangers are living. The music cov…

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Lazy summer Sunday afternoons are made for jazz. And the Central Park Grill is filling that need in a pattern that is emerging as every other Sunday. Best of all, there’s no cover.The featured group is Western New York’s Odyssey Jazz Ensemble, with guest singers Pamela Reese Smith of Rochester, and/or Buffalo singer Inez Kimble. There will be music Sunday, an…

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John Mellencamp, one of the most notoriously cranky and curmudgeonly men in all of rock ’n’ roll, is really a romantic at heart. Which may be why he has been able to pen tales of the doomed aspirations of world-weary travelers with such devastating incisiveness for so long. Seriously. Mellencamp’s best songs make the Book of Ecclesiastes seem like ligh…

Whenever Dave Alvin comes to town, I’m invariably reminded of my late friend and former Buffalo News colleague Jay Bonfatti.He was a serious fan of both Alvin’s solo work, and his efforts with the Blasters, the band he co-founded with his brother, Phil Alvin.Twelve years ago, I was still “the new guy” at The News, and Bonfatti was one of the fir…

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Three Grammys, 14 CMAs, a Grand Ole Opry membership, 22 No. 1 singles and three ASCAP Country Music Artist of the Year awards. Any questions?While it is more than true that popularity does not always equate with musical integrity, in the case of Brad Paisley, the twain shall indeed meet, and often. As an artist capable of marrying traditional country musical values with th…

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Spoken word and musical provocateur Lydia Lunch comes to Buffalo with her noise-rock outfit Retrovirus for a show at 8 p.m. June 30 in Hallwalls at Babeville. A famed pioneer of the grimy downtown Manhattan No Wave scene, Lunch hit clubs and adhoc venues in the late 1970s with her band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks.Backing the DIY performer are guitarist Weasel Walter, drumm…

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For once, the weather won’t be a factor.The seasoned summer concertgoer is accustomed to taking in shows at the many outdoor and partially covered stages in our region, where basking in the sunshine is half the fun, and dealing with the potentially nastier elements is accepted as part of the gamble. But this summer, three of the biggest shows on the docket will be i…

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It’s in style to take music from the past, and pair it with music from the present day. A free concert in Williamsville is doing that at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 29, with a concert called “The Buffalo Bach Project.”“The Buffalo Bach Project” is described as “a unique program of spiritual and meditative works, pairing selections from Joh…

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Sevendust has earned a reputation as one of the more inventive bands in the world of contemporary heavy metal. Intensely aggressive at one turn, abundantly melodic at the next, the group has cultivated a loyal following over the course of its 20 years together. It should also be noted that Sevendust presented a multiracial face to the world of metal at a time when the genr…

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Whatever your musical taste, it’s likely that at least one show of the many scheduled between now and mid-September at Artpark in Lewiston will hold some appeal for you. From country music to heavy metal to jam bands and back to folk again, Artpark has crafted an impressively diverse roster on both its outdoor and indoor amphitheater stages.The season kicks into hig…

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After a week that featured Willie Nelson, Vampire Weekend and a Canalside appearance by “Mr. Boombastic” himself comes a summer weekend full of festivals, Coca-Cola Field free-for-alls and Father’s Day. Expose your dad to First Ward history at the Buffalo River Fest, or buy him a framed panoramic for the den at the Allentown Art Festival. Meet him at M…

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If you’re under the illusion that it is not possible for a jazz bass player to play an absorbing recital of solo bass, then you’ve never heard Juini Booth.A solo bass section is only one section of one of the great Buffalo Jazz Celebrations of 2014 which takes place Friday evening through Saturday morning in the Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St.At 7 p.m. Frid…

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If you put Deep Purple/Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in a blender with Baroque composer Johannes Sebastian Bach and Italian Classical-era violinist Niccolo Paganini, sprinkled with a dash of Jimi Hendrix, and dressed the mixture in black leather pants and a swashbuckler’s blouse, you’d have something pretty close to Yngwie Malmsteen. As the pre-eminent …

Why, Carlos? Why? I’m pretty sure I said it aloud, and quite possibly buried my head in my hands afterward. When I heard that Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart were teaming for a summer tour I was baffled. “What’s next?” I asked myself. “Michael Bublé with Phish?”Social media was alight, locally, on the day this superstar pairing…