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By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, September 27, 2016

None of the guys live in town these days, and they haven’t for decades, but Moe. has never short-changed its hometown audience. This weekend, the little Buffalo jam-band that could comes home for a pair of shows at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Moe.... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Despite spending countless hours hoping for a return to previous years via Zoltar wish or plutonium-fueled Delorean, it’s not happening. This is a deflating truth, and it makes the “I Love the 90s” tour — starring retro hip-hop luminaries Rob... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tavern lights should dim for an hour in tribute to the great Buckwheat Zydeco, who died Sept. 24. Zydeco, whose real name was Stanley Dural Jr, was only 68. It ain't right. The accordion kingpin, who died in his hometown of Lafayette, La., was here a... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, September 26, 2016

“It’s only music.” These words have made my blood boil since I was old enough to understand what the concept of boiling blood implies. Why? Because throughout my life,the phrase has been employed to shut me up when I am either A) Waxing too... Read More

By Jeff Miers , Jeff Simon » Sunday, September 25, 2016

The release of the Ron Howard documentary film “Eight Days A Week” and the re-release of a remastered version of “The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl” has not exactly restarted Beatlemania, but it has rekindled interest in The Band From... Read More




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By Garaud MacTaggart » Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s inaugural Pops concert of the season was a pretty solid success. There was nary an unfilled seat in the house and the parking lots – and many of the side streets – were filled with cars. Program music drawn from popular soundtrack scores by John Williams was a safe hit with the... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, September 24, 2016

POP MUSIC Randy Newman, “The Randy Newman Songbook, Volume Three” (Nonesuch). In a perfect world, the Pultizer Prize for Music would have decided 30 years ago to forsake, as hopelessly out of date, the idea that it should be won by contemporary... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, September 24, 2016

JAZZ Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band, “The Broader Picture” (Enja, out next week) The key name here is in small type on the front of the insert: “Arranged and conducted by Christopher Schweizer.” He is “Swiss-born, Hamburg-based” and was a student of drummer Billy Hart’s back in New York in 1992.... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, September 24, 2016

Imagine for a moment that you found a magic bottle at an estate sale somewhere, and when you rubbed it, out popped the Pop Music Genie, eager to grant you your biggest wish. You might want to think twice before saying something like “I want to be... Read More

By Ben Tsujimoto » Friday, September 23, 2016

1) Oinktoberfest, 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to dusk on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Great Pumpkin Farm (11199 Main St., Clarence). Sept. 22 is free, cost is $7 for each of the weekend days. Discounted tickets available at Wegmans. Commentary: With all... Read More

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