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I saw the Who with the Clash at Shea Stadium in 1982, on what was supposed to be the band’s farewell tour. (Sorry, mom and dad, I wasn’t really “sleeping over at Trevor’s house” that night. I hope the statute of limitations on this teenage infraction has expired!) I saw the band again at the Glens Falls Civic Center doing “Tommy” in full, on what also was said to be the ba…

Kleinhans Music Hall became a recording studio on Saturday night as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra unveiled the East Coast premiere of Richard Danielpour’s vibrantly effective “Passion of Yeshua," a score commissioned by the BPO in conjunction with the Oregon Bach Festival and the Soli Deo Gloria Music Foundation. The piece is a large-scale work blending the full in…

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In her long-awaited Buffalo concert debut, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, of course, sparkled. Whether you know her from Broadway as the original Glinda in “Wicked,” or from her television role in the adored “Pushing Daisies,” you know that she glitters wherever she goes. Her 4-foot-11 frame and pixie voice are hard to miss. But it’s her opera training and Oklahoma…

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Guess who finally made his way to the anxious, pining and adoring Queen City? After two tour date postponements that were to have Justin Timberlake and backup band the Tennessee Kids rolling through Buffalo late last year promoting his release "Man of the Woods," the entourage at long last played a nearly sold-out KeyBank Center on Saturday night. Timberlake reported…

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Guilt. That’s what I felt about halfway through Tuesday night’s sold-out Fleetwood Mac show at KeyBank Center, at the moment when I realized that the band sounded pretty fantastic in its latest guise, and that the “new blood” on the stage was making the music and the people playing it sound fresh, rejuvenated and at times even inspired. I should have been happy that …

Don’t worry, she’s fine. Ariana is fine, everyone. She’s had a tumultuous year for any person to endure, celebrity or otherwise – the whirlwind romance, engagement, separation and open mockery of her relationship with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson; the tragic death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, with whom she had produced music; and the residual aftermath of the 2…

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“He’s like Kanye West, but on steroids, bro.” I overheard a guy saying this to his concert-mate on the way into Sunday night’s KeyBank Center stop on Travis Scott’s long-running “Astroworld” tour. I ruminated on his words as I waited – and waited – for Scott to take the stage. When he went on around 9:15 p.m., it hit me rather quickly that the guy’s short, pithy desc…

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Commanding of stage, voice, and intersong banter that includes a smattering of adult humor, Michael Bublé played a packed KeyBank Center Wednesday night, part of a tour supporting his 2018 release, "love," his 10th. After a publicized starting time of 8 p.m. sharp (and no opener), the show got rolling after a half-hour delay, ostensibly due to the persistent regional snowf…

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Blake Shelton brought his good ‘ole boy charm and musical chops to the KeyBank Center Friday, delivering without flaw what his fans came to see: nearly two dozen songs from his 20-year country music career. From more recent singles like “Sangria” and “Came Here to Forget” to older fan favorites like “Some Beach,” “Honey Bee” and his sweet, much-loved debut single “Austi…

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“The Town Ballroom is the church of rock ‘n’ roll tonight, and you’re all the non-denominational choir!” That was singer and Energizer Bunny-like frontman Max Kerman of Arkells offering his “We’re all in this together, let’s make it work!” rallying cry to a packed Town Ballroom on Thursday night, as the band dug its heels into the first of two sold-out shows at the venu…

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It’s always interesting when you’re part of an enthusiastic audience, and such was the case for the Postmodern Jukebox (a.k.a. PMJ) concert at the Riviera Theatre on Tuesday night. The excitement generated onstage amped up the attending fan base,  which, to be frank, was already geeked for the show to begin with. For their “Welcome to the Twenties” tour, PMJ could hardl…

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For two days, and over the stretch of two concerts, musical metaphysics reigned in Kleinhans Music Hall. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's current program features works — Alexander Scriabin's “Poem of Ecstasy," or fourth symphony, and Gustav Holst's “The Planets” — that have their philosophical underpinnings in the spiritual worlds of theosophy and astrology. The…

The classical music world is big on composer milestones. Last year saw 100th anniversary celebrations for Debussy and Bernstein, and 2020 is already full of RSVPs for Beethoven’s 250th birthday. A 262nd anniversary? When you're Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, each and every birthday is a musical anniversary worth celebrating. Thus, the BPO’s annual tradition of a January co…

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Though the weather outside was frightful, there was plenty of heat on the Kleinhans Hall stage Saturday night. “The Music of Led Zeppelin,” the latest offering from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in its BPO Rocks series, was the perfect antidote to the winter storm and sub-freezing temperatures. Indeed, the energy onstage was matched by the buzz of the near-capacity…

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Final rock tours – and that decisiveness – are received by fans with a dose of disbelief. So many musicians have stated that intent and then hit adoration highway again. But Bob Seger, out on tour with The Silver Bullet Band, is on an ultimate tour. And he seems to mean it. Seger came onstage beaming and, as in past shows, he dances and moves about when not seated at pi…