Hip-hop legends The LOX have been in the game for more than 20 years now, bursting on the East Coast rapper scene around the same time Notorious B.I.G. blew up. The New York City-based trio — Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P — came out of a 12-year hiatus in 2013 with an epic surprise EP, "The Trinity."


Vineyard Community Space has long been a refuge for bands that skirt the lines between indie rock and emo influences. For musicians like Tennessee-based solo artist Bogues, the result is mature songwriting with a post-emo sheen.

INSTRUMENTAL | David Klinkenberg

Violinist David Klinkenberg is the kind of versatile crossover artist that makes genre distinctions completely unnecessary. The immensely talented instrumentalist is adept at everything from classical music to Celtic tunes and bluegrass — as his live performances can attest.

CLASSICAL | 'Monteverdi's 450th'

Pegasus Early Music gets its 2017-18 season off to a splendid start with a musical birthday party for one of the great figures in Western music: composer Claudio Monteverdi, born in 1567 and died 1643. Pegasus Artistic Director Deborah Fox calls the program "an unabashed personal selection of some of my favorite pieces by my favorite composer."

VOCAL | 'A Splendid Grandeur'

Born in New Hampshire after the Civil War, Amy Marcy Cheney made her debut as a piano prodigy in 1885, the same year she married and took the last name Beach. In 1892, Boston saw the first performance (at age 25) of her Grand Mass in E-flat.

INDIE ROCK | Roz and The Rice Cakes

While its disarmingly sweet name may call to mind the surf rock bands of yesteryear, Providence, Rhode Island's Roz and The Rice Cakes is not a group to take lightly. Led by enigmatic singer and multi-instrumentalist Roz Raskin, the band's latest single, this year's "Do You," smuggles a wonderfully Caribou-esqe rhythm through deceptively simple loops and atmospherics.

HARDCORE | Bodysnatcher

Fully rejecting the nuance and up-tempo groove of more traditional hardcore, Florida beatdown upstarts Bodysnatcher sound like a 10 car pile-up in slow motion. It takes less than a minute into the band's debut record, "Abandonment," for front man Kyle Medina to break free from the seemingly infinite breakdown behind him and bark "YOU KNOW WHO THE F*** YOU ARE, MOTHERF*****.

JAZZ | Michael Sarian & The Chabones

Trumpeter Michael Sarian is a steady study in dichotomy. With a wordless elegance, the New York City-based musician is flexibly firm, loosely tight, and brightly dark.

JAZZ NOIR | Dmitri Matheny

Flugelhorn blower Dmitri Matheny plays as part of a cast of dark characters that inhabit the shadows of his brass-conjured, noir-centric music. A disciple at the feet of flugelhornist Art Farmer — Matheny plays the late legend's horn — he musically and poetically paints a world full of raconteurs, reprobates, and roustabouts.

CLASSICAL | 'Strings At The Strath'

The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester will offer classical music fans a superbly balanced mix of compositional legends and 20th and 21st century composers this Sunday as part of its "Strings at the Strath" concert. Members of the RPO will join the Eastman-Hanson Chamber Players and others in a program that provides the familiar — a Mozart duo for violin and viola as well as Brahms' first string quartet — with the decidedly less familiar: 20th century American composer Walter Piston's "Duo for Viola and Cello," and "Xeletis Xkwechech," written by high school student and composer Jonah Murphy for string quartet and sine wave.

FOLK | Lucy Kaplansky

When I caught Lucy Kaplansky's concert at Café Veritas a few years ago, she had great chemistry with the crowd. Kaplansky mixed deeply personal originals with covers from artists like Townes Van Zandt, and ultimately owned the night with songs like Eliza Gilkyson's piano tune "Sanctuary."

JAZZ | The Corea/Gadd Band

Since working with Miles Davis in the late-1960's, Chick Corea has been one of the top pianists in jazz. After emerging from Rochester with Chuck Mangione in the early 1970's, Steve Gadd (known among drummers as Steve God) has become the most recorded drummer in jazz and pop history.

ZYDECO | Dikki Du And The Zydeco Krewe

You could say it was unavoidable that Troy "Dikki Du" Carrier would have a great Zydeco band. The man is the son of Roy Carrier, an accordion legend in the genre, and the brother of Chubby Carrier, a Grammy-winning Zydeco bandleader.

ROCK | Eagles of Death Metal

It's funny when a band that doesn't take itself too seriously sets its sights on making some serious music. Remember: rock 'n' roll was made for shaking your ass.

CLASSICAL | RPO with Isabel Leonard

Spanish art songs take center stage at Kodak Hall this week, when prominent mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard joins the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Ward Stare. The Metropolitan Opera star will sing Manuel de Falla's "Seven Popular Spanish Songs" as well as a set of works by Enrique Granados.

JAZZ | Alex Skolnick Trio

  If you recognize that some of the best musicians reside in metal and jazz then the Alex Skolnick Trio makes complete sense.


Jazz 'n Jeans Service @ First Baptist Church of Rochester

Featuring Bob Sneider....

Honors Band Festival Concert @ Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center

The Brandenburg Project @ Nazareth College Wilmot Recital Hall

The Brandenburg Project @ Nazareth College Wilmot Recital Hall

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  • Brighton Symphony Orchestra @ The Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality

    • Sun., Oct. 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Pegasus Early Music presents: Monteverdi's 450th in Rochester @ Downtown United Presbyterian Church

    • Sun., Oct. 22, 4-6 p.m. $25-$75
  • The Brandenburg Project @ Nazareth College Wilmot Recital Hall

    • Sun., Oct. 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • The Eddie Money Musical @ RAPA, Kodak Center

    • Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 18 $39-$59
  • Heroes: A Video Game Symphony @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater

    • Thu., Oct. 26, 8 p.m. $24-77

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