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It was the night of the drummer: rollicking rock and rolling, spitting-on-the-stage before a solo, testosterone-fueled drumming that was the magnificent surprise of the Chainsmokers' EDM show at KeyBank Center on Saturday night, a stop on their "World War Joy" tour. Among the night's circuslike surprises were flaming drumsticks during the four hours of premium dance and po…

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It's been a dark few days for electronic dance music star Datsik, who's been dropped by his record label and has canceled the remainder of his Ninja Nation 2018 tour as a result of sexual assault allegations made against him by social media users. The Canadian DJ, whose real name is Troy Beetles, was scheduled to play Buffalo on March 30 in Buffalo RiverWorks. But Datsi…

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Philadelphia-born EDM artist Marshmello, a rising star in the genre, entranced the crowd on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Buffalo RiverWorks, organized by MNM Presents. Marshmallow heads were prevalent.

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Saturday night will be bustling with a couple of EDM shows in Buffalo. Make your way to Waiting Room for a night of bass music, or if you’re looking for trance music head to LiFT Nightclub and get ready to dance. Terravita, 9 p.m. April 30 in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) Terravita will take the stage at Waiting Room for “The Fallen EP” tour, along with BARE and Wooli…

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Aaron Dontez Yates, aka Tech N9ne, is known these days as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in hip-hop history, a man whose founding of the independent Strange Music record label and its ancillary merchandising arm have earned him millions minus the efforts of any middlemen. But the reason we should revere Tech N9ne has nothing to do with video games, film soundtra…

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Aaron Dontez Yates, aka Tech N9ne, is known these days as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in hip-hop history, a man whose founding of the independent Strange Music record label and its ancillary merchandising arm have earned him millions minus the efforts of any middlemen. But the reason we should revere Tech N9ne has nothing to do with video games, film soundtra…

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Here are two electronic dance music shows for the week. Datsik, 8 p.m. April 7 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) Datsik, a native of British Columbia, has been a heavy hitter in the dubstep scene since 2007. After becoming good friends and doing some collaborative work with fellow producer Excision, they began releasing tracks together in 2009 under Excision’s label Rottun…

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Whether you are looking for bass music or high energy big room, dance parties can be found both on the West Side and downtown Buffalo this weekend. Snails, 8 p.m. March 31, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The Montreal-based producer/DJ Snails will take the stage to a fanbase crowd that calls itself “Snail-heads.” With bass-heavy tracks as well as dubstep and trap influence…

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1) Buffalo On Tap, 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance or $50 at the door. Here's the list of breweries expected to attend. Commentary: There's nothing tricky about Buffalo On Tap. Three reasons to be pumped: 21st Amendment -- the brewery that makes trendy Hell or High Watermelon, will be p…

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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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Paying homage to former musical greats is a dying art, many music fans would argue. Countless modern hip-hop and electronic dance music artists are obsessed over what's new -- or throwing themselves upon the next trend -- not thanking the building blocks for the platform on which they now stand. EDM stalwart DJ Shadow and Jurassic 5 member Cut Chemist continue to buck tha…

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I've been trying all week to work "get your dupa to Zupapalooza" line into an article. ("Dupa" essentially translates to "backside" from Polish to English. Is the joke less funny now that I've explained it?) While you're surely stimulated -- or maybe your eyes hurt from rolling them at my humor -- Zupapalooza actually is a real event, a Polish soup extravaganza that's a w…

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Calvin Harris is the UK’s biggest electro artist/DJ. Last week, he was paid $1 million to stand behind a table and spin his own songs for a private party in Puerto Rico, funded by Bacardi. It’s not surprising, really, because Harris’ music probably sounds great when it’s being pumped at insane volume levels on a warm beach while you’ve got a belly full of rum, your toes a…

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Roots Collider has the spent the better part of the past decade attempting to rehumanize dance music. Clearly in love with the grooves summoned by EDM, but just as clearly enthralled with the gospel of the funk as preached by the one and only James Brown, the group is, as it says itself on its Facebook page, “proud of being one of the last almost completely analog defense…

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If you’ve ever visited the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, you have some conception of what it is to experience the queue process required simply to get to Sky Bar at midnight on a Saturday. In both instances, clustered masses impatiently await their turn for an elevator ride that is to take them to the main spectacle. Abrasively shril…