ROOTS ROCK-SOUL | Dustbowl Revival

Without a percussive strike, spike, or slap of an instrument, or even a harsh puff from a singer's lungs, it's hard sometimes to distinguish a note's origin. The music of California sextet Dustbowl Revival is full of this mysterious phenomenon, especially with the fiddle, which seems to appear out of thin air.

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JAZZ | Joe Fiedler's 'Big Sackbut'

Trombonist Joe Fiedler has explored his instrument's important role in Latin music with Celia Cruz and Eddie Palmieri, as well as in the pit band of "In the Heights" on Broadway. He's also embraced his role as an arranger of hundreds of tunes for "Sesame Street" on his recent album, "Open Sesame."

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Album review: 'Unsubscribe'

Diluted 'Unsubscribe'

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COUNTRY | Alyssa Trahan

She likes dogs and she has a thing for boys who drive trucks. But the country clichés abruptly stop there.

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Fast ain't the word, chum. Guitarist John 5 plugs in and rides the lightning for Rob Zombie, just like he's done for David Lee Roth and shock rocker Marilyn Manson.

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CLASSICAL | RPO with JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta, the lauded music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, makes a welcome visit east this week to lead the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert begins with a brief but delightful Overture by Germaine Taillefaire (1892-1983), the female member of the composer coterie Les Six.

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Known for its striking light show and improvised setlists, Denver-based electro-jam quintet Lotus has been making waves for two decades now. Its newest release, "Frames per Second," is both a 19-song album and a studio documentary showcasing the band's raw performance style up close.

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Joe Locke at The Little, and celebrating Joe Dady

From Jeff Spevak's 'Across the Universe' column
Jeff Spevak previews vibraphonist Joe Locke's return to The Little Theatre and shares more on Saturday's memorial concert for Joe Dady.

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Album review: 'Hideout'

The Stedwells 'Hideout'

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Music school project gets creative with fundraising

It's 8 p.m. on a snowy Wednesday night in November, and a crew of musicians is gathered in the cozy third-floor attic of Ben Morey and Katie Morey-Preston's home, which doubles as a recording studio and rehearsal space. The group is gathered to rehearse for a rather unconventional event: a live performance of Harry Nilsson's "The Point!," which will take place at the Cinema Theater on South Clinton Avenue on November 23 and 24.

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