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I remember the first time I set eyes on Mary Moser. During the summer of 1993, my band at the time was opening for the Irish group An Emotional Fish at the South Ogden Street concert club known as Impaxx.  A few numbers into the band's set, singer Gerard Whelan paused to acknowledge independent promoter Bruce Moser of Buffalo’s Could Be Wild Promotions, the company that…

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Buffalo's refugee community is ripe with stories of courage, uncertainty, separation and freedom, and there's a desire for more of these journeys to be told, especially in light of legislation that tightens the reins on how many refugees and immigrants the City of Good Neighbors may accept. The News' long-read series "From Buffalo to Burma" is the most in-depth piece de…

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More than 14 years passed between Dave Matthews Band's 2001 show at Rich Stadium and the return of major outdoor stadium concerts in the Buffalo area. But these large-scale shows were a key part of the city's history of major concerts, especially during the glory days of rock-and-roll, and extensive renovations, beginning in 2012, gave the venue legitimacy again. With B…

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The plan, only last week, was to write this column as a light piece, a morning smile. The goal was to spotlight how an ordinary person, in this case a woman known only as "Silvia" to about 45,000 of us in a crowded stadium, could put on a cardboard birthday tiara and sash from Party City in Blasdell and for a few burning minutes ascend to local legend. Finding Silvia Ri…

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In a grand, highly publicized gesture that came in the guise of a gift to fans but was in fact just a major publicity stunt, U2 teamed with Apple on Tuesday to marry the release of its first album in five years, “Songs of Innocence,” to Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 6 and that freaky, Big Brother-like iWatch contraption. The band gave the album away for free to iTunes su…

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Bam. There it was, just waiting for you to grab it. In fact, if you were an iTunes subscriber, it was already in your collection, awaiting your mouse click. During Tuesday’s news conference held to launch the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, U2 made a surprise appearance, and even more surprisingly, announced that its long-delayed new album was ready for release right ther…

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U2 has unveiled its long-delayed new album, “Songs of Innocence,” and is giving the album away as a free download to iTunes customers right now. An official announcement, via the band’s web site directs iTunes customers on the procedure for the download. From the official announcement: “Simply go to the Music app on your iOS device, or to your iTunes music library on yo…