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Sounds of the City: Elvis Costello

Here is the only artist truly worthy of the “New Dylan” mantle. Not just for the depth and breadth of his songwriting talent or the length and diversity of his career, but for his ability to incite heated debate: He’s a genius! He’s lost his way! He’s found it again! But it’s a different way now, and I prefer the old one! Dylanologists will recognize all of these arguments, along with the way the passage of time has mellowed Costello without diminishing his brilliance. Also Dylanesque is the way every new Elvis tour becomes an opportunity for rediscovery; for Gusto at the Gallery a few summers back he was accompanied only by longtime keyboard accompanist Steve Nieve, while he brought a full bluegrass band to Chautauqua last year. This time around, he’s touring with the Imposters, his longest-lasting rock and roll outfit. Expect oldies, newbies, deep cuts, music-geek covers, and patter worthy of a standup comic, all in a newish outdoor venue many cite as one of the most appealing in WNY.

Elvis Costello
6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Erie Canal Harbor (800-745-3000, www.buffaloplace.com)


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