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Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.

Benjamin Booker Most significant new soul-roots artist in a decade. LCD Soundsystem New single "Call the Police/American Dream" makes me wanna party like it's 2005. Cheap Trick New album features genius cover of the Move's "Blackberry Way." Delicious. On repeat Larkin Poe, following the sister act's smack-down of a set opening for Gary Clark Jr. at Can…

This year will go down in local music history, for it was during March that Westside Gunn & Conway became the first Buffalo hip-hop artists to sign with a major label. Eminem's Shady Records, a subsidiary of Interscope, scooped up everything that Westside Gunn – born Alvin Worthy in Buffalo in 1982 – releases beneath his Griselda Records imprimatur. This is huge…

It's fitting that the 2017 Canalside Live season kicked off with a headlining set from Gary Clark Jr., for Buffalo has always been a blues town, and Clark is one of the leading lights of the new generation of bluesmen emerging over the past decade. Buffalo is also a town that values new hybrids and wants its music to be on the cutting edge, and Clark also satisfies on t…

Tyler Harrington We'll celebrate our dear, departed friend and fellow musician's life at Mohawk Place on July 23. Roger Waters… …has shattered my heart with his incredible new album "Is This the Life We Really Want?" Yuck! New Arcade Fire single "Everything Now" sounds like ABBA, minus the strong hooks. What's happening here? https://open.spotify.com…

There's something poetic about Starry Night in the Garden, where each year, we are welcomed to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens to take in some live music beneath the stars, not far from the Peace Garden and the Meditation Garden. These spaces are meant to promote reflection, and talk of "spiritual healing" sounds far less idealistic here than it does out…

"That's our word now, and you can’t have it back." A simple sentence, but with it, Ice Cube managed to do three things. He shut down Bill Maher, who had come under fire for casually employing a racial epithet on his previous week's show. He signified his own return as a powerful voice in hip-hop, just in time for the 25th anniversary reissue of his scathing, gam…

Despite several presale opportunities for both U2 fan club members and Buffalo Bills season ticket holders, Monday's general public on-sale for U2's Sept. 5 appearance at New Era Field seems to have gone relatively smoothly. If you wanted a ticket, you probably got one. Whether it was the ticket you were hoping for is another story. At 3 p.m. Monday, tickets remained…

Multiplatinum rap-metal-rock hybrid outfit Linkin Park has now acknowledged what so many in-tune music lovers in the area have long known – the Buffalo region is brimming with vibrant musical talent across the genre spectrum. Jaycee Lamb, a hip-hop kid from Kenmore, and Jarrett Hoyt, a Lockport EDM artist, have both gained the attention of Linkin Park and Open Labs wh…

U2's "Joshua Tree 30" is likely the biggest rock tour of the year, so when tickets for the Sept. 5 show at New Era Field go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, you can expect a bit of a log-jam. Various fan club presales are likely to make things a bit trickier, if you're hoping to get either the best seats or the least expensive tickets. Prices range from $39.50 to $295.50 and…

Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince By Ben Greenman Henry Holt 286 Pages, $28 If you fall from that highwire bridging the chasm between fanboy love letter and sturdy critical inquiry, it's a long, lonely fall, and there will be no one there to catch you at the bottom. Journalist Ben Greenman loves Prince, and through…

Since moving to Buffalo in 1990, I have never felt such extreme ambivalence entering a summer concert season. I've always been pumped for it all to start, eager to get on the train of sometimes as many as six shows a week for three months, in thrall to the majesty of so much activity in such a short period of time, patiently scribbling each notable date into my calendar…

Buffalo News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers selects the 10 shows he's most excited for this summer, independent of venue and in no particular order. Tears for Fears June 14 at Artpark The intelligent, melodic alternative-pop of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith has aged incredibly well. The duo's songbook – spanning from early gems like "The Hurting" through the lush, Be…

Today would have been Prince's 59th birthday. My takeaways, when I think about him a little more than a year after his death, are not that different than my takeaways were during his lifetime. They run something like this: Think hard. Work hard. Make music every day. Engage in disciplined thought. Don't deny the power of the intangible. Don’t be inte…

Record Theatre, once a chain of six record stores and the focal point of the Western New York music scene and a mecca for anyone looking for an album – or a cassette a CD or even an 8-track tape long ago – is going out of business. The news that the flagship Main Street location of the area's longest-serving independent record store would close its doors for good in…

U2, perhaps the greatest of the remaining arena rock bands, has confirmed a Buffalo date as part of its expanded "The Joshua Tree 30" tour. The Irish band will perform Sept. 5 at New Era Field. Tickets are $39.50 to $295.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. June 12 through livenation.com, ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. A priority presale for U2 subscribers at…