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New Release Rack!

These new albums, reissues, and music DVDs are shceduled for release on Tuesday.

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan, In Session CD/DVD (Fantasy)
Alter Bridge, ABIII (EMD)
Anderson Bruford Wakeman and Howe, An Evening of Yes Music CD/DVD (eOne)
Syd Barrett, An Introduction to Syd Barrett (EMD) Susan Boyle, th Gift deluxe edition (Sony)
Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer (WEA)
Dave Matthews Band, Live in New York City (Sony)
Depeche Mode, Tour of the Universe/Barcelona CD/DVD (EMD)
Eric Clapton, Crossroads 2010 DVD (WEA)
Kid Cudi, Man On the Moon II (UNI)
Mike Gordon, Moss (UMD)
Aaron Neville, I KNow I've Been Changed (EMD)
Elvis presley, Viva Elvis (RCA)
Reba McEntire, All the Women I Am (UMD)
Sufjan Stevens, the Age of Adz (Asthmatic Kitty)
Tangerine Dream, the Epsilon Journey (Cleopatra)
/> The Greenhornes, 4 Stars (RED)
The Rolling Stones, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones! 3 DVD box (Eagle Rock)
Tom Petty & te Heartbreakers, Damn the Torpedoes Deluxe Edition (Geffen)
Van Der Graaf Generator, Live at the Paradiso (eOne)
Cassandra Wilson, Silver Pony (EMD)
Steven Wilson, Insurgentes DVD Edition (eOne)

Levon Helm rambles up to Buffalo!

Legendary drummer, singer, co-founder of The Band, and host of periodic all-star "Rambles" at his barn in Woodstock, NY, Levon Helm will - at long last! - bring his band to Buffalo for a show inside the UB Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre on Sunday, March 6th, at 7:30 p.m. Helm is touring behind his latest effort, the stirring "Electric Dirt," which was nominated for a "Best Americana Album" Grammy last year. Note that former Bob Dylan Band guitarist Larry Campbell has been handling the pickin' for Levon for the past few years, and will be in-house for the Buffalo date!

Tickets for the Levon Helm Band show go on sale next Friday, November 12th, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the Center For the Arts box office. They're priced $46.50 - $56.50.

Here's a little tease to get you psyched.

Theater Roundup

As you plan your weekend schedules, you may want to know that eight -- count 'em, eight -- productions are opening in and around Buffalo this week. Reviews of those shows will be forthcoming in next week's Gusto, but for a preview of what we've reviewed (and liked) so far, check out our weekly theater roundup:

"Cabaret," through Dec. 12 in MusicalFare Theatre. From the review: "In order to give the familiar show a fresh feel, Kramer has wisely sidestepped Bob Fosse’s ingenious 1972 film and Sam Mendes or Rob Marshall’s acclaimed 1998 Broadway revival. Instead, he based the production on a 1975 version of the show in which political undertones become political overtones and employed his actors as cabaret musicians. Kramer also enlisted the gifted choreographer Michael Walline, who put together precisely engineered bouts of choreography that cast the dancers of the Kit Kat Club as half-possessed robots." --Colin Dabkowski

"Dixie's Tupperware Party," through Nov. 14 in Shea's Smith Theatre. From the review (coming next week): "Enter Dixie Longate, that spunky Southern homemaker who talks like Kathy Griffin, sounds like Paula Deen, dresses like “Gilligan’s” Mary Ann, and packs a lunch that would make June Cleaver blush. And when her buttons are pushed, she’s the fiercest Dixie since Carter. Longate, the female impersonation of actor/writer Kris Andersson, stars in “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” an interactive comedy act/Tupperware sale. It is dirty, it is brash, and it is just the perfect slice of life that Middle America can call its own." --Ben Siegel

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Review Jeff Simon's live chat

Do you think the president can be called "dude"? Have any new jazz releases that have caught your fancy? Wonder why "Due Date" is a "comedy wasteland"? Join News Arts Editor Jeff Simon at 3 p.m. today to discuss these topics and more -- anything that's on your mind, really -- during his bi-weekly chat.

GustoTV for Nov. 4: An Expert's Guide to the Weekend

The holiday entertainment season is almost here. What's happening in the world of movies, theater and art? Gusto TV has you covered.

Reviewing Tuesday's music reviews

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Dave Matthews performs Tuesday in HSBC Arena. Photo by Sharon Cantillon / Buffalo News

Voters flocked to the polls Tuesday to elect local, statewide and national leaders. And while some people in WNY were glued to their TVs and computers for outcomes, some music fans decided to relax at one of three concerts in the area at night.

First was a visit by the Dave Matthews Band, which kicked off its Fall 2010 tour in HSBC Arena. The concert was the first of 12-date East Coast jaunt that will carry through mid-December. Matthews has said that the band will take a break from touring in 2011. Here's a photo gallery of News photographer Sharon Cantillon's photos from the show.

Singer/songwriter and Buffalo-native Ani DiFranco stopped by her Babeville venue for a show Tuesday night. "It was simple, beautiful and true — a snapshot of a songwriter at the top of her game," News Contributing Reviewer Joe Sweeney wrote in his review.

And lastly was an appearance by the celebrated Prazak Quartet, which played Czech music in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Here is a review.

Here comes the sun

A photograph of the sun, taken by backyard astronomer Alan Friedman.

Alan Friedman, Buffalo's backyard astronomer, has been getting some great exposure (pardon the pun) on the national blogosphere over the last week. His stunning images of the sun have popped up in the Huffington Post, Discover Magazne, NPR and the Daily Mail, among many others.

Friedman (see his website) shot the images recently with a small but very powerful (and expensive) telescope. His view on astrophotography, the hobby to which he has dedicated so much of his time, is simple: "It’s science, but it’s got to be the sexiest science out there."

Judging by Friedman's scorching-hot images of the sun, we agree.

--Colin Dabkowski

New Music releases this week!

The following discs are released on Tuesday.

The Autumn Defense, Once Around (Yep Roc)

Black Dub, Black Dub (Zomba/Red Ink)
Neil Diamond, Dreams (Columbia)
Brian Eno, Small Craft On A  Milk Sea (Warp)
Good Charlotte, Cardiology (EMD)
k.d. lang, A Truly Western Experience: 25th anniversary edition (Recline)
Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax, The Big Four: Live From Sofia Bulgaria: CD/DVD (WEA)
Paul McCartney & Wings, Band On the Run: Expanded Remastered Edition (Capitol)
Elliott Smith, An Introduction to Elliott Smith (Kill Rock Stars)

Indian novelist Arundhati Roy's home attacked by right-wing protesters

Indian writer Arundhati Roy speaks to a crowd at the United Universalist Church in Buffalo in 2004. Photo by Sharon Cantillon / The Buffalo News.

The private residence of Booker Prize winning Indian writer and novelist Arundhati Roy was besieged and attacked by a mob of right-wing protesters and supporters of India's nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, following the announcement Friday that officials appointed by the nation's ruling Indian National Congress Party would not prosecute the author of "The God Of Small Things" for remarks she made at a seminar in New Delhi last month.

The author was not at home at the time of the incident, though her husband Pradip Krishen was, and reported that television crews and journalists for India's right-wing media anticipated the attack and preceded the arrival of the protestors at the residence by several minutes.

The Hindustan Times first reported on Thursday the Indian government would not arrest Roy, contradicting several media sources, including The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, and the Hindustan Times itself, which had reported earlier in the week that the Indian law ministry was considering sedition charges against the 48 year old author for comments viewed as sympathetic to the cause of the predominantly Muslim Kashmir separatist movement at the seminar called "Azadi – The only way" [Adazi is a Persian word, meaning "freedom" or "liberation"] on Thursday, October 21st in New Delhi.

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