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By Jeff Miers » Friday, June 24, 2016

It sometimes seems that love for the electric blues above all forms of music is a test one must pass to enter some sort of cult. People who truly love this music often seem to subscribe to the “blues or nothing” mentality. I’ve never been a fan of reductive views of the rich pageant offered by all music, and since... Read More

By Matt Chandler » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Over the last year, Miranda Lambert has been making headlines less for her music and more for her high-profile divorce from fellow country music superstar Blake Shelton. But on Thursday night at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Lambert’s personal life took a back seat to a raucous night of country music as the... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gravitas. You can’t just grab it, steal it and claim it. It has to be earned. Chuck D has earned it, and throughout Public Enemy’s packed, boisterous and politically charged show at Canalside on Thursday, he made it plain he is the most authoritative voice in hip-hop. Public Enemy changed hip-hop in the late... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A long time ago – back when commercial music success depended on selling trailers full of cassette tapes and compact discs – bands that leased out their art to move burgers, video games or films about pet dragons would be saddled with the term “sellouts.” But with diminished traditional album sales and Internet... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Once upon a rock-and-roll time, fans had to camp out in line to nab tickets to a hit show. Technology and ticket-buying bots changed that, but Twenty One Pilots’ Tuesday night visit to Buffalo was a mile-long reminder that lines are still a part of the music scene. Not for tickets, in this case. Twenty One... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Thursday, June 16, 2016

In the middle of a blistering opening salvo on single “I Still Believe,” English folk rocker Frank Turner looked out over Canalside’s usual late-week gaggle of bouncing occupants and lyrically considered whether “something as simple as rock and roll would save us all.” For one jubilant June night? Maybe, as... Read More

By Nancy J. Parisi » Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LEWISTON – Balmy and bright, the sold-out Tuesday in the Park at Artpark concert featured a triple bill infused with playful lyricism, longtime fandom and dance floor-ready synth strains. Out on their extensive “Last Summer on Earth” tour, headliners Barenaked Ladies have invited out on the road with them two... Read More

By Garaud MacTaggart » Monday, June 13, 2016

Throughout its 31-year period of shepherding by Artistic Director David Felder, June In Buffalo is and always has been, a place and time for like-minded musicians to get together and work on their craft, creating new ways of making music by writing it, playing it and listening to it.It’s a week-long venue for teaching... Read More

By Seamus Gallivan » Monday, June 13, 2016

LEWISTON – At age 70 and widely known for the qualities that have earned her the nickname “Backwoods Barbie,” Dolly Parton often jokes that her heart is the only thing about her that’s real; for all that’s obviously unreal about the country music star and American icon, her performance before an adoring crowd of... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, June 11, 2016

By the end of “Shot!,” you will know all about the assassination of President William McKinley. It will be in your head and under your skin. The ambitious two-act opera, composed by Persis Vehar and being premiered at Shea’s Performing Arts Center by Nickel City Opera, was meticulously researched. The libretto, by... Read More

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