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The Flaming Lips and Mac DeMarco are set to team up for a double bill at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). The long-time Oklahoma City psych-rockers kicked off the new year with the January release "Oczy Mlody," the latest edition to the band's long, ever-evolving discography. As for DeMarco, the Canadian songwriter with a rather w…

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T-Pain will return to Western New York with a performance at 8 p.m. April 28 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Presented by the Niagara University Traditions Committee, the engaging Florida-born musician may be best known for popularizing the use of auto-tune, also known as a "Hard & B" style of music. His distinct vocals have been featured on do…

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Chart-topping rock outfit Blue October will return to the Western New York area at 7 p.m. June 8 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St. Niagara Falls). Formed in Houston, the group has become known for its melodic and emotionally charged brand of post-grunge. The platinum-selling group is best served to fans of Pearl Jam, Puddle of Mudd and Nickelback. Blue October con…

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Acclaimed avant-metal act Gojira has announced a performance at 8 p.m. May 16 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St. Niagara Falls). Known for intricate and highly technical compositions that never shy away from experimenting in unexpected genres and sounds, the French import will be making its Rapids debut to support its well-received, Grammy-nominated 2016 album "Magma.…

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On-the-rise rockers the Struts will perform 6 p.m. May 18 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Earning an opening gig for the Rolling Stones without an album to their names, the retro glam-rockers (think the Darkness) have been labeled as one of the next-big-things to emerge from the UK. The band's 2014 debut album "Everybody Wants" was filled with p…

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With rumors swirling all weekend, the hearts of local music fans skipped beat this morning with the announcement that The 1975's just announced tour a will include a back-to-back stop at 8 p.m. May 30 and 31 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). The ethereal Manchester synth-poppers were one of 2016's breakthrough artists with the release of their sophom…

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Niagara Falls is set to receive a heavy dose of rock this winter. The Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St. Niagara Falls) has just announced a pair of new shows to bookend its 2016-2017 schedule with Daughtry set to perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and a concert by Alter Bridge at 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Led by former "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry, the North Carolina group's 2006…

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1) Buffalo Undy Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m. registration, race at 9 on April 30 in Delaware Park (84 Parkside Ave.). Cost is $35 in advance or $40 day-of for the adult 5K (ages 14 and up), and $30 in advance or $35 day-of for the youth 5K and the 1.7-mile fun run. (I agree, too. Anything longer than 1.7 miles is not fun). Commentary: The fundraising race for the Colon Cancer Alli…

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As contentious as it may be, you cannot deny the impact of nu metal on the evolution of modern hard rock. Disturbed was one of the few bands that exploded onto the metal scene in the early 2000s and helped shape that genre. As time passed, the Chicago quartet – vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, bassist John Moyer and drummer Mike Wengren – promptly pushed pas…

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Indie-rock dream team duo EL VY is making its first trip to the area with a show on May 1 at the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Born during a short tour over a decade ago by National front man Matt Beringer and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Romana Falls, the long-in-the-works side project sheds some of the darkness from its members' main gigs for a catchy ye…

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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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The season of “Straight Outta Compton” continues, as the successful film, the ancillary Dr. Dre “Compton” album, and the general fascination with all things N.W.A. have coalesced to rightly shine a light on a highly inventive, visceral and anger-infused period in hip-hop history. Eazy E., a primary force in N.W.A., passed away in 1995, but his ghost informs the “Compton” f…

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On paper, at least, it looks like a strange marriage.The dense psychedelia and foreboding prog-thrash of Mastodon and the gritty, earthy stoner-metal of Clutch suggest an uneasy union. But when “The Missing Link: Mastodon & Clutch” tour stopped by the Rapids Theatre for a sold-out performance on Wednesday night, such suppositions were proven to be wrong-headed. It worked. …

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This is such an inspired pairing of heavy rock artists. The mighty Mastodon, known for grandiose slabs of psychedelic-tinged heavy metal, joined by Clutch, a band whose forays into the fusion of stoner metal with classic Zeppelin/Soundgarden-style hard riff rock have earned it a legendary status – well, this is the stuff metal dreams are made of.Though either band could ea…

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Alt-rock icons The Pixies have announced a concert for 7:30 p.m. May 19 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) The band – Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering – will perform new songs on this tour, as well as numbers from the entire Pixies catalog in a set “full of distortion howls and all the vivid dissonance a Pixies fan woul…