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It's a strong week for concertgoers in Buffalo, as both Kiss 98.5 FM and Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM host concerts with deep bills, while the City of Buffalo Artists Market, in the seasonally spectacular Ellicott Square Building, is a chance to feel both festive and productive. Find out what is on tap for Monday through Thursday. 1. Kissmas Bash, 6 p.m. Thursday, De…

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Electronic DJ and producer Marshmello has been announced as the headliner for Kiss 98.5's long-running holiday showcase Kissmas Bash, returning to downtown Buffalo at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza). Pop singer and Disney Channel staple Sabrina Carpenter, R&B/electro-pop singer LAUV and electronic dance trio Cheat Codes will also perform…

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A holiday tradition like no other, Kiss 98.5's annual Kissmas Bash returns Dec. 9 in the KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza). The radio station has yet to announce the lineup, but promises to share the list of national recording acts in the coming weeks. Tickets are $25-$85 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 (box office, Tickets.com or charge by phone at 888-…

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If you were of a certain age during a certain recent era, then you remember the importance of going to the mall. It was everything. The stores you walked into cemented your class, the people you walked with cemented your status, and the things you purchased cemented your value. The mall was everything, or nothing; it was something. Memories of these teenage investments fl…

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One morning a couple of weeks ago, 17-year-old Sydney Sierota was buying food at the airport before catching a flight. The hour was early; Sierota’s ombre hair wasn’t done and wide eyes weren’t made up. But that didn’t stop the cashier from recognizing her. Sort of. “Has anyone ever told you that you look like that girl who sings that song?” the worker asked. Sierota s…

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Here's a quick interview with singer Jake Roche, 22, and drummer Lewi Morgan, 26, of Rixton, one of the bands performing at Kissmas Bash on Dec. 19 in First Niagara Center. Question: You’re working with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s manager Scooter Braun. What’s that like? Roche: He wants you to learn for yourself on the job. Any mistakes — and fortunately we haven’t…

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Here's a quick interview with Sydney Sierota, the 17-year-old lead singer of Echosmith, one of the bands performing at Kissmas Bash. Question: How has life changed for you and your brothers since “Cool Kids” became such a smash hit? Answer: It’s 100-percent different. We’ve been a band for so long – seven years. You, of course, hope your song will be played on the radio,…

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An interview with rapper/singer Jake Miller, 22, who performs Friday as part of Kissmas Bash. Question: You spent a few years building a strong following as an independent artist. What prompted you to sign with Warner Bros. Records last year? Jake Miller: I did as much as I could independently. I grew an organic fan base, I put out a lot of music, a lot of independent mu…