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For the first time in his 50-plus year career, Paul McCartney will perform in Buffalo. McCartney, a founding member of the Beatles and arguably the greatest living rock songwriter and performer, will take the stage Oct. 22 in First Niagara Center for what is destined to become one of the most memorable concerts in Western New York in the rock ’n’ roll era. Tickets will r…

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Mick Jagger. Keith Richards. Charlie Watts. Ronnie Wood.These faces belong on currency. Their names belong in stone. Their sweat belongs on our hands.On Saturday night, some of those pipe dreams came true, as the legendary Rolling Stones touched down in Ralph Wilson Stadium for the penultimate stop on their Zip Code Tour with 15 shows in 15 North American stadiums, coincid…

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For the first time since 2004, there will be a new album from Buffalo modern rock outfit Klear, a band that crafts what Vanity Fair called “blistering, bold guitar-driven rock.” “Eyes Wide Open,” the band’s first release since the Robby Takac-produced “Makin’ Noise,” has five new studio tracks, a Takac-produced cover of the Bryan Adams hit “Cuts Like A Knife,” and four pr…

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Darien Lake Performing Arts Center is one of the summer tour stops for the legendary hard rock band Van Halen. The Aug. 25 date in Darien Center comes just past the halfway point in a 39-date North American tour that begins July 5 in Seattle and concludes Oct. 2 in Los Angeles. The group next week also will be giving its first major TV performances since original singer …

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It is simply not possible to dislike Dave Grohl, unless you have grown so cynical toward rock music, and have grown so thoroughly distant from the young version of you that first fell hard for (insert name of band that changed the game for you here) that watching Grohl tread the high wire between fan boy and millionaire rock star is pushing on nerves you wish were dead. G…

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Every generation needs a band like Crobot. The Pennsylvania-born quintet of 20-somethings is tapping into the rich soil of “Master of Reality”-era Black Sabbath throughout its new “Something Supernatural” album, but it’s channeling the mighty Sabbath’s ’70s riff-age through an understanding of what came later – namely, subsequent generations’ plundering of Sabbath and reim…

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Unless you frequented Mohawk Place often during the earliest days of the previous decades, you might not have known that Buffalo had developed a strong stoner-rock and hard-boogie movement, one that found some seriously talented young guitarists and songwriters cranking up their vintage amps and getting their gritty garage rock on. On the heavier side of this equation was…

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have very few peers these days. As one of the greatest living proponents of tried and true rock ’n’ roll tropes, Petty and his long-serving bandmates continue to exist in a world where great songwriting, chiming guitars, and an addictive backbeat are the keys to transcendence. Petty, as he proves repeatedly throughout the group’s freshly …

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It’s been a wild and highly productive 18 months for the Goo Goo Dolls. Last year, while marking its 28th anniversary, the band released a new album, “Magnetic.” It was the first to find guitarist/vocalist John Rzeznik working with a host of collaborative songwriters, and the collection was marked by lush, ornate production. The album was a hit, but the Goos surprised fa…

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With an elaborate set that blasted retina-searing flames, zip lines and trademark costumes and face paint, Kiss delivered a solid night of hard rock ’n’ roll kabuki theater. If the band’s Wednesday night gig in the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center was shy of a sellout, the sheer volume of fan adoration – the Kiss Army as they are called – made it a mega sonic triumph. A…

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Since Spoon is clearly a critical darling of a band, one might feel compelled to treat the group’s output with a certain amount of skepticism. When you, unless you are a slavish follower of fashion, are told over and over again that something is great, you just don’t want to believe it, and you long to present a strong case for the opposite belief. Very often, this is a he…

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Well, they made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at long last. So the legion of Kiss Army members can check that one off their list of gripes. Finally. Of course, it all didn’t go so well on that induction night, did it? The four original members of Kiss appeared together to accept the honor, but it seemed fairly clear that doing so was an awkward and uncomfortable ex…

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have been one of the most dynamic and consistently exciting live bands of the past four decades of American rock. So it’s not exactly surprising that “Hypnotic Eye,” Petty and the band’s first album in four years, capitalizes on the ensemble’s in-concert prowess by exploiting a live-off-the-studio-floor feel. What is perhaps a bit surpris…

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Singer, guitarist and tequila purveyor Sammy Hagar, consummate party guy, radiates with a magnetic casual jubilance. He may store positive energy from the sun when he’s not doing his nighttime gig as frontman for one of earth’s best rock bands under the light of the moon. Hagar and bandmates presented his ultra-subjective history of rock ’n’ rol…

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OK, we can practically hear you from here: “by now, we ought to make it a contest – which record label has most mercilessly recycled the same hits over and over and over again? Even if no one is ever going to exceed what RCA has done to squeeze every drop of the lemon out of Elvis Presley’s recorded legacy, should Warner Brothers’ constant versions of the ZZ Top catalog be…