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Steely Dan's classic 1976 album, "The Royal Scam," is the selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the monthly series, held on select Mondays. Miers and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American music, spin portions o…

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The staying power of Steely Dan’s canon and fanbase was fully evident Tuesday night at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, as the legendary band’s lone living founder Donald Fagen led his longtime 11-member band through a familiar run of hits amidst a full house, not even a year since its previous visit. Now beyond a year since the death of co-founding guitarist and songwriter Walt…

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The NFL is reportedly considering having Maroon 5 perform for the coming Super Bowl halftime show. Just in case the prospect of watching another Super Bowl the Bills won’t be in isn’t depressing enough for you. The easiest course of action would be to simply skip the whole shebang. The entire affair is so over-the-top anyway. That’s probably part of its appeal for many …

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NIAGARA FALLS – Steely Dan has its own place in music history, for no other group has so successfully married the sophistication of jazz harmony to the song-oriented strictures of pop, rock, funk and R&B. From its beginnings in the early 1970s through the present “The Dan Who Knew Too Much Tour,” which stopped by the Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday, the band has consi…

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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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An embarrassment of riches. That’s one way to describe the Steely Dan catalog. Though what the group has been doing for the past 40-plus years is ostensibly pop music, the Dan’s version of pop involves rich harmony, extended chord voicings and dazzlingly musical soloing, all of which is more often than not the terrain of jazz, not pop, where all concerned seem to be forev…

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We admire you, Western New Yorkers, for being able to choose from the dizzying array of local events scheduled for last weekend. From the Erie County Fair to Buffalo Brewfest to Girl Talk to Edgefest to two guys named Drizzy and Weezy, the second weekend of August seemed like a good time to invent cloning or omnipresence. Because almost all of these events were well-atte…

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Jazz-rock ensemble Steely Dan, fronted by co-founders/co-creators Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, with sterling touring band, played Seneca Events Center on Friday night. The show, part of a three-month theater tour (as it’s called in the industry), fell midway between a large club gig and stadium spectacle, and was ultra-produced show business with tinges of improv. The …

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At least for this week, your entertainment comes in pairs. Whether it's the Wilson sisters from Heart, two mid-week Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performances or Drake and Lil Wayne spitting verses back and forth on the same stage, you'll swear you're seeing double. Plus, the Erie County Fair -- which will later greet Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum and Bridgit Mendler …