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Jeff Miers

Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.


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I've grown accustomed to writing farewell pieces over the past few years. We've lost so many of the greatest of the greats, and so often, we are collectively grieving, looking for a way to send our heroes off with a little gratitude for all they've given us, while simultaneously clinging to the illusion of closure as a balm for the soul. That's my impetus when writing such…

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Born in France, raised to musical maturity in New York City, and a serious student of worldly jazz from all climes, Scott Tixier has been turning heads and dropping jaws over the last few years by marrying his considerable classical violin chops to an ear for adventurous jazz harmony. A partial list of top-tier band-leaders who've fallen for Tixier's charms includes Stevie…

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The results are in, and they land not with a bang, but a feeble whimper. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2018 inductees on Wednesday, and to the surprise of no one and the disgust of some, Bon Jovi leads the class. The Cars, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Dire Straits also made the grade, and gospel-blues iconoclast Sister Rosetta Tharpe will receive the…

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The last time David Byrne, his band and a troop of dancers performed at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts, I scrawled a note in my journal after filing my review and returning home. "One of the 10 best shows, no question," I gushed to no one but myself. I stand by that assessment, and fully expect to scrawl something similar when Byrne and his band return …

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Canadian alt-rock legends Our Lady Peace has announced plans to mark the 20th anniversary of 1997's commercial breakthrough "Clumsy" with a show at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Dubbed "Our Lady Peace Celebrates 20 years of Clumsy," the show will feature as yet undisclosed special guests, and, according to singer Raine Maida, "“de…

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"Christmas music is hip, Dad. These tunes have changes." I'll admit my son's words, uttered while he was home from college for Thanksgiving break, caught me off guard. Not because I disagreed with their sentiment – classic holiday tunes often marry indelible melodies to sophisticated chord changes. That's why so many jazz musicians have had so much fun with them over th…

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Fresh from her bombastic and thoroughly enjoyable set as the headliner of Kissmas Bash 2017, Kesha announced she will return to the area this summer, with a July 22 appearance at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). The date is part of the "Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour," which finds the ebullient Kesha joined by the Seattle-born r…

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Over the years, more than a few of today's megastars passed through Buffalo on their way up as part of KISS 98.5's Kissmas Bash, from Ed Sheeran to Charli XCX. But Saturday's edition of the holiday concert series offered perhaps the biggest bona fide star to ever headline the event, in the form of Kesha. The singer's newest release, "Rainbow," debuted at No. 1 upon rele…

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Lately, my wife has been bringing up the buzz-word "downsizing." I see where this is going. She's after the stacks of vinyl,  the decades of rock mags and musician journals, the - gasp! - cassette collection, the countless half-full sets of guitar strings, the CDs, ("Can't we just stream all of these?") and perhaps most of all, the books. Music journalism and music-rela…

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On Wednesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Bon Jovi received the most votes in its fan poll of nominees for the Class of 2018. By a long shot. I bemoaned this fact, and suggested that it's a shame fellow inductees of more significant musical merit — the Meters, Link Wray, Radiohead, the Cars, and frankly, every other artist on the inductee list — receiv…

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The Town Ballroom has announced that legendary Buffalo hardcore outfit Snapcase will share a bill with Counterparts and Pentimento in the venue at 7 p.m Jan. 20. Tickets ($26-$30) go on sale at noon Dec. 8 through the Town Ballroom box office and Ticketfly.com. Snapcase performed last in Buffalo for its 25th anniversary show in February 2016 - see photos of the band …

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You don’t have to look too far for signs of the apocalypse these days, but when, I ask you, will enough be enough? The numbers are in. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters were offered an opportunity to make their voices heard, and they took that opportunity to vote for Bon Jovi. 1.16 million times. That's right, the New Jersey band crushed the competition among Rock…

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These are trying times. Hanging around on social media and arguing about it will not change this fact. You can beat your head against the digital wall and take a few years off your life while doing nothing to alter grim reality. Or you can do something to make things better. Yuki Numata Resnick, artistic director and co-founder of Buffalo String Works, chose the latter.…

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The Dropkick Murphys' St. Patrick's Day Tour will stop at the Rapids Theatre. Boston's favorite Celtic-punk sons, the Dropkick Murphys, will play the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St.) as part of their just-announced St. Patrick's Day Tour. The band, with guests hardcore legends Agnostic Front and ska-punk outfit Bim Skala Bim, will perform at the Niagara Falls venue at 7 p…

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A Tweet from a user known as Nutella asking readers to "Name a (expletive) badder than Taylor Swift" has exploded. But not in the way it was originally intended. More than 10,000 Twitter users have responded and -- despite what the endless media push behind Swift would like us to believe -- the singer does not top the lists of too many Twitter users when it comes to …