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By Matt Chandler » Saturday, February 28, 2015

In 1975, when Harold Elwin Bice Jr. was born, the now-legendary jazz-rock band Blood Sweat and Tears was eight years and eight studio albums into its assault on the American music scene. By the time ... Read More

By Matt Chandler » Sunday, February 22, 2015

Casino concerts have a rightfully earned the reputation of being a bit on the tame side — the crowds are older, the shows shorter, and the venue not always conducive to rocking out. The same coul... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, February 14, 2015

“We love you for keeping R&B alive,” Kem roared to the crowd halfway through his opening set at First Niagara Center on Friday. The Detroit-born neo-soul singer was knee-deep in his duties ... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Friday, February 13, 2015

Who cares if it’s zero degrees? We’ve got our love to keep us warm. Our love of the Great American Songbook, that is. And a winner of a Valentine’s Day show in Kleinhans Music Hal... Read More

By Kris Kielich » Wednesday, February 11, 2015

“Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon.” This quote, delivered in the famed graphic novel “Watchmen” by the vigilante Rorshach applies perfectly to the status of Texas hard rock... Read More

By Michelle Kearns » Sunday, February 8, 2015

A free opera ticket to see Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in Toronto attracted me for reasons that may not be sensible and proper opera reasons. As a lover of trips, escape from the daily routine, rest... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Wagner’s “Die Walküre,” on stage for the next few weeks at the Canadian Opera Company, are both new productions, and they... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, February 7, 2015

This weekend, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting a romantic toast to winter. The sunny, Russian-born pianist Natasha Paremski is the soloist in Brahms’ glorious Piano Concerto No. 1. A... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, February 7, 2015

Midnight, and I am brooding in a Toronto hotel room, wondering if I made a mistake. Have I turned my friend Michelle off to opera for good? It sure looked that way when she went off to bed, sayi... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, February 4, 2015

“Thank you, beautiful church, for allowing us to be ourselves.” Simple and perhaps innocuous words, but when Ani DiFranco delivered them halfway through her “homecoming” gig Wednesday at As... Read More
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