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Freak folk outfit turned Americana rockers Blitzen Trapper are back in Buffalo for a show Saturday in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The Portland act has made the Buffalo rounds since dropping its well-received debut, “Wild Mountain Nation,” back in 2008, with shows at Mohawk Place, Babeville and the Tralf already under its belt.The genre-bouncing five piece has tinkered wi…

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Josh Groban has a perfect voice.It’s a glorious instrument, simply put: pristine, focused, polished and robust. The 34-year-old star of PBS, of arenas and stadiums worldwide, of retail store speaker systems, of all your aunts’ dreams for you, is an undeniable talent. With seven albums over the last 14 years under his belt, and tours, concert specials and numerous appearanc…

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The popular Alternative Buffalo 107.7 Kerfuffle Before Christmas concert is returning to the First Niagara Center with a packed lineup of modern and alt-rock radio favorites. Borns, Matt and Kim, Sublime with Rome, SomeKindaWonderful, Third Eye Blind and Wolf Alice will all perform as part of the second annual event scheduled for Dec. 18 in the First Niagara Center. Doors…

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One of Rochester’s next great hopes returns to Western New York when Joywave plays a show Oct. 9 in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). The electro-pop band has been on absolute fire since the release of the viral music video to its KOPPS collaborative single “Tongues,” back in the spring of 2014. Since then, the five piece has toured the world behind the steam of its full…

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You know the big brick house on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and North Street? The one where, on a sunny summer day, you may find residents on the lawn and spacious porch dancing or reading, or while taking an evening stroll, notice cooks preparing meals for their weekly potluck dinners through its street side basement kitchen windows? Well that’s Ol’ Wondermoth at 208 No…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s celebration of Finnish music, in tandem with FinnFest USA, comes this weekend to a colorful conclusion when the BPO presents three exotic works from the frozen north. The Symphony No. 1 of Einojuhani Rautavaara is on the program, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor. The true curiosity will be the U.S. premiere of Jaako Kuussisto’s V…

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Chris Cornell earned his reputation as the finest heavy rock singer of his generation by bringing the influence of soul and R&B vocalizing to bear on what otherwise might merely have been referred to as grunge or the post-Black Sabbath riff-o-rama that reared its head as “stoner-metal” in the early ‘90s. With Soundgarden, Cornell managed to suggest what the end product mig…

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Habitat For Humanity is raising money to build a house in honor of Pope Francis. Such a grassroots campaign calls for a grassroots band to kick-start the fundraising. And Habitat for Humanity has found a legendary band that fits the bill: the veteran country rockers Pure Prairie League. Even if you have not heard Pure Prairie League in person, you have most likely heard th…

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For his current tour, which stops by Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Oct. 7, multiplatinum singer Josh Groban decided to scale things back. Fans have grown accustomed to experiencing Groban in the arenas he routinely fills, but this time around, Groban is concentrating on theaters, and promising a more intimate experience than fans have been afforded in the past.That’s f…

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Eskimeaux, the Bob Boilin-approved, bedroom-pop project of Brooklyn musician Gabrielle Smith, will be gracing the grounds of Sugar City on Oct 9. Smith’s project has been gaining steady steam throughout 2015 after the release of her spring album “O.K.” and feature on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series near the end of summer. Eskimeaux’s charming music evokes a playful nostalg…

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Steadily releasing albums since its Frenchkiss debut, “Visiter,” back in 2007, San Francisco-based duo the Dodos returned earlier this year with its sixth studio album “Individ.” The exuberant record carries on the pair’s brand of unpredictable melodies mixed with experimental, West African drumming, leaving listeners no choice but to get lost in the group’s joyous instru…

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Lehrer Dance and folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs are joining talents to present an eclectic combination of dance and music to kick off the 2015 M&T Bank Dance Series on Oct. 3 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.The program by Lehrer Dance, a Buffalo-based dance company founded in 2007 by Jon Lehrer, with musical back-up by 10,000 Maniacs, includes two world-pre…

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UB’s Music Department is going full steam into the new semester. Friday, the faculty recital series gets off to a dramatic start, with an all-Beethoven evening featuring Stephen Manes.Manes, professor emeritus, was for years the head of the UB music department. He lives in California now, but he happily schedules occasional homecomings. This concert is something of a tour …

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is exploring the starkly beautiful music of the north with two pairs of concerts dubbed Finnspiration.A multi-artistic celebration of all things Finnish, Finnspiration is inspired by the 75th anniversary of Kleinhans Music Hall, designed by Finnish architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen. The festivities are in partnership with FinnFest USA, a…

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So this will be it for Shania Twain, one of the biggest success stories in latter-day country pop, as well as one of the progenitors of a style that willfully married country music to rock and pop tropes, paving the way for everyone from Taylor Swift to Florida Georgia Line, and selling some 75 million records in the process. When Twain brings her appropriately christened …