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When you’re busy creating music no one’s ever heard before, life can get a little hectic. Such is the life of Flux Pavilion (aka Joshua Steele) a dubstep DJ/producer who has played and worked with the best and brightest of the modern EDM (electronic dance music) scene. He’s crafted three massive EPs and is getting ready to debut his first full length album, “Tesla.” After …

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Jazz musicians are joining forces Friday at Pausa Art House for a good cause.The Magdalene Project, headed by Joanne Lorenzo, combs the streets of Niagara Falls, N.Y., for people in need. Among the folks they help are people who suffer from drug abuse, prostitution, domestic abuse, alcoholism and an inability to care for children. Working with local Christian churches, the…

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Mohawk Place is set to host buzzing Nashville quartet Bully on Saturday. The college-rock-channeling quartet dropped its NPR-approved debut album “Feels Like” in early summer, leading many critics to compare the group to ’90s alt-rock stars like PJ Harvey and the Breeders in addition to being deemed the “female Cloud Nothings” due to its rough around the edges, hook-heavy…

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The neo-soul/jazz movement continues to yield some rather brilliant new hybrids, as a whole generation of young musicians schooled in jazz harmony and seasoned by exposure to the finest R&B and hip-hop set about blending these supposedly disparate elements like mad scientists run amok in the lab. Names like Robert Glasper, Cory Henry and Thunder Cat stand at the top of the…

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Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi, is a tough artist to pin down, and he seems to like it that way. Though he earned himself the loyalty of sizable underground audience based on a series of synth-based releases that, apparently, needed to be referred to as “Chill Wave,” by folks who just can’t seem to enjoy music unless it has been given a genre classification, Bundick threw a …

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“We started the band with one constant intention of always being experimental, and never setting limits or boundaries." That experimentation, according to Sleepy Hahas’ Pat Butler, will soon continue as the ever-evolving group is ready to release its latest LP “From the Bottom of a Wake Lake” later this fall. Led by the founding members Butler on guitar/vocals and Phil Sh…

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Sturgill Simpson is a searcher; not the kind who finds idols to worship, as so many see him to be on the mantel of modern country music, a pillar of purity standing tall against the temptation of pop appeal.While the Kentucky native is still searching for the country credo of “three chords and the truth,” he’s digging deeper than most to do so as he brilliantly displayed i…

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So far, so good.If the rest of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Classics concerts this season are anywhere near as good as the opening concert was, we are in for some real excitement.There was a lot to celebrate Wednesday at Kleinhans Music Hall as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kicked off its season. We were welcoming superstar pianist Lang Lang. He was playing th…

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Bloomington, Ind. roots outfit Murder By Death is set to pay a visit to Waiting Room Wednesday evening. The new year saw the brooding band release its latest record, the Kickstarter-funded “Big Dark Love,” quietly adding to a catalog that is approaching double-digit releases, something that should come in handy once the five-piece takes the stage. With influences ranging…

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Two years ago, those in Buffalo still turning radio dials needed patience and a clear day to hear the type of under-the-radar alternative rock regularly rotating inside Toronto radio stations.But that was before the birth of 107.7 Alternative Buffalo. Now approaching its second anniversary – marked by Thursday’s X Ambassadors-headlined birthday show inside Grant Street’s S…

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Since stepping out from the shadow of high school buddy and former band-mate/collaborator Ty Segall, California singer-songwriter Mikal Cronin has spent the first half of this decade releasing a trifecta of fuzzy and anthemic power-pop records. His most recent release, 2015’s “MCIII,” has continued to see Cronin’s lo-fi garage/psych rock chip away for a more polished pop …

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Not every band can borrow elements of disco pop, a Peter Gabriel-led Genesis show and an amplified zoo carnival to create a theatrically costumed club phenomenon that’s now tripping through its second decade. Athens, Ga.-born of Montreal has done it, and it’s just one reason the group continues to shine separate from its contemporaries.Invented as part of the endlessly ima…

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It’s hard to enjoy music while in the middle of monsoon-like conditions –no matter who is on stage. It’s tough to dance and sway in a five-dollar poncho, crowd-ride in a pair of mud-caked Wellies, or shout lyrics through buckets of Lake Erie rain being blown in your face.But if Saturday’s messy WEDG-generated Edgefest on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor proved anything, it validated…

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Fans of free shows (and libations) should head to Dreamland Saturday evening as the fuzzy garage rock three-piece Kharlos will celebrate the release of its debut cassette tape, “Don’t Think About Dying at My Party.” The until-now quiet trio (Ben Maries, Chris Scamurra, Steven Gordon), featuring present and past members of Space Wolves, ronaldraygun and Merchants, released…

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They’re not dead yet.Dead & Company, which features Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir and singer/guitarist John Mayer, will take the stage Nov. 11 at First Niagara Center and will perform two sets of music drawing largely from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs. Dead members Hart, Kreutzmann, Weir, and bassist Phil Lesh reunited this summer …