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Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.

Actually, "the 1985" might have been a better name for the band 1975. That mid-point of the "post-me, but still, pretty much about me" decade could be posited as ground zero for UK wunderkinds the 1975's marriage of alt-pop, guitar jangle, ethereal interlude and the mildly snotty nods to pre-Oasis Brit-pop that comprise much of its immensely popular sophomore album, "I lik…

For the first time in the 30-year history of Buffalo's Thursday summer concert series, there will be no free admission. You will now pay $5 for concerts at the newly dubbed Canalside Live! summer concert series at Canalside, which kicks off with a performance from alt-blues artist Gary Clark Jr., on June 15. [PHOTOS: See the 2017 Canalside Live! lineup] The move t…

I awoke to a text from a friend on Thursday morning. "I'm devastated. The last genius is dead." I felt my heart drop into my stomach, or something like it. And then I just felt weary, and unbearably sad. I'm tired of being devastated. Tired of looking for reason in a world of randomness. Tired of sitting idly by while the universe plucks our most beautiful flowers…

It might be a stretch to credit the iconic Theatre District EDM hotspot Club Marcella with launching the dance music craze in the region, but when owner Joe Guagliardo opened the doors to Marcella in 1995, the area was largely the province of live alternative rock bands, and the adjacent Chippewa Strip had yet to become a DJ-based Mecca. Marcella changed all of that. Gu…

"We found the one." That was "American Idol" judge (and Aerosmith vocalist) Steven Tyler, following Lauren Alaina's audition for the show's 10th season.  Tyler was right, as it turns out. Alaina went on to claim the the 20111 "Idol" season runner-up slot, and from that point forward, the country singer and songwriter's career has blossomed. Earlier this year, the ti…

Jazz is alive and kicking in Buffalo. From May 10 to 16, Nietzsche's was taken over by the second annual Jazz Festival, the creation of saxophonist Ellen Pieroni. During that five-day stretch, a host of wildly inventive jazz musicians conspired to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that our jazz scene is an incredibly vibrant one. Cross-generational interplay is everythi…

The only positive aspect of being smacked-down by a flu-with-an-attitude – besides the involuntary weight-loss – is the sudden availability of time to do nothing but listen to music (and sweat).  That was me, from Sunday to Thursday. I had to give my tickets to Todd Rundgren's  Wednesday show at the Riviera to a friend, but perhaps in compensation, Rundgren released …

" '90s babies, make some noise!" That's how Chance the Rapper greeted his fans at a sold-out tour stop in Detroit last week, proving that he knows his base, and quite likely, making those in attendance born well before the '90s  feel more than a touch awkward. With the exception of game-changer Kendrick Lamar, no artist in hip-his so clearly poised to seize his own …

Todd Rundgren is 68, but he packs more activity into a month than most 20-year-olds dare to tackle in a year. So far this year, Rundgren has performed as part of an Aretha Franklin tribute at Carnegie Hall; crafted a new album, "White Knight," due May 12; appeared at Coachella Festival with rising teen power-pop band the Lemon Twigs; spoke and performed as an Artist in …

You need to go to the Buffalo Iron Works on May 14 to see Biffy Clyro. If you're one of those people who is prone to saying things like "There are no great bands anymore," then you really need to be there. This Scottish trio creates a beautiful din that sounds an awful lot like a mash-up of Pixies-like hard-soft dynamics with the stop-on-a-dime time signature shifts of,…

You can’t just listen to Kendrick Lamar's "Damn" on infinite repeat, though the album is so densely packed with intriguing ear-worms that it's tempting to do so. Variety being the spice of life and all, I'm keeping the mix eclectic this week, partly because I don’t want to burn out on "Damn," and partly because, well, that's just how I am. Here's my soundtrack to…

The full spectrum of Buffalo Jazz will be represented during the second annual Nietzsche's Jazz Festival, which runs from May 10 through May 14. Organized by saxophonist Ellen Pieroni, the festival will offer traditional jazz, straight-ahead sounds, edgy fusion, elegant gypsy jazz, gospel-tinged sounds, be-bop and plenty of that rich hybrid where R&B, funk and soul mee…

Modern alternative/indie-pop music has hit the wall and you can thank the DJ/laptop/half-hearted-dancing outfit the Chainsmokers. There's always one band that has to take the fall, and the subsequent blame, when a (usually, but not always annoying from the get-go) trend has run its course. When punk arrived at the end of the '70s, it was common for prog-rock wunderkind …

It has never been a public relations gaffe on the level of, say, United Airlines, but in recent years, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has not done too much to endear itself to the music-loving and music-making population it was created to serve. Too often, it seemed that an exclusive club was making decisions on who gained admittance based solely on fairly cloistered …

"Today, we lost our beloved Susan Tanner. She was an engaging, strong, generous, energetic, positive, loving spirit." Ani DiFranco posted the above to Facebook on Monday afternoon, while it seemed that the entirety of the Buffalo music community was in a collective state of shock, as the news of Susan Tanner's death spread. DiFranco knew Tanner well. Tanner worked fo…