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Jeff Miers

Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.


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Jessie Galante has lived in every major music market in the country, and spent some time in a few European ones, too. But though she's called Nashville, New York and Los Angeles home at different points in her career, Galante insists that Buffalo is unique. "The sense of community in our music scene is deeper than I've experienced anywhere else," she said. Galante, a…

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This is not supposed to happen. Tastemakers have been wrongly claiming that "rock is dead" for so long now that we have almost come to accept this as reality. Young bands are supposed to play synthesizers badly and party like its 1989, not crank out raucous, bluesy, riff-centered rockers in back of a lead singer who sounds like the spawn of Robert Plant and some Valkyri…

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The nominations for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this week brought out the inner pessimist I mange to keep hidden most days. Sure, there was some encouraging news between the lines, exemplified by the fact that big sales didn't necessarily guarantee a nomination, as has so often been the case in the past. Ed Sheeran, the Weeknd and Future did not get the Grammy love th…

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I wish I could recuse myself. The jury has been tampered with. Impartiality cannot be assumed. Alas, there's a new U2 album, and I've got to deal with it, despite the fact that so much potentially damning information seeped through the cracks before the case even made it to trial. Exhibit 1 is Rolling Stone's breathless review of the new "Songs of Experience," and it…

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During his decades in the music business, the late Record Theatre, Transcontinent Record Sales and Amherst Records founder Lenny Silver amassed a treasure trove of collectibles. Now, much of that collection is for sale. The Lenny Silver estate sale kicked off at 1 p.m. today and continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 2. The sale takes place in Silver's home, a…

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The previously announced Dec. 9 show featuring alt-metal outfit Chevelle at the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St. in Niagara Falls), will now act as the 103.3 FM the Edge Annual Toy Drive. "For every unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more … (concert attendees) will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an after show meet-and-greet with Chevelle,  plus an autographed guit…

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 After a protracted – and unfortunate – battle with the Zappa Family Trust over the right to perform beneath the moniker "Zappa Plays Zappa," the oldest of late composer Frank Zappa's two sons has opted to trade beneath his own name. Dweezil Zappa has announced that he will be launching a tour that will include an April 18 stop at University at Buffalo's Center for the Art…

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Maybe rock really is dead: In the Rock genre, the Academy is good at offering nominations to dead people. And Dave Grohl. No Taylor? Denied!: Taylor Swift's "Reputation" missed the Sept. 30 cut-off date and so was not eligible for consideration this year. But don’t worry. It's more than likely that Swift will grab more trophies than her handlers can carry next year. …

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Multiple Grammy-winner and jazz guitarist supreme Bill Frisell returns to Buffalo to kick off the 2017-2018 season of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Art of Jazz series at 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Frisell brings with him a rising star on the New York City jazz scene, bassist Thomas Morgan. The duo recently released its first collaboration, "Small Town," on the ECM label. Tickets are…

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Your legacy. If you're a musician who has been around for decades, what you'll leave behind in terms of influence becomes an increasingly paramount concern. You'd like to know that your work meant something to subsequent generations of listeners and musicians. And if it did, you'd like credit for it. Unfortunately, the music business is not necessarily your ally in this…

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Life can change in an instant. You blink your eyes, and the landscape has shifted. And you wonder if things will ever be the same. In 2013, Bruce Eaton had been producing the Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox for 15 years. He had become successful in the venture by commingling his love for -- and knowledge of -- the art form with experience in concert promotion th…

For rapper and entrepreneur Emmanuel Kulu, social consciousness came at a high price. Kulu's nephew, Dennel Baker, was murdered on Buffalo's East Side in 2014. His close friend and fellow artist Kenzel Fleming was killed four years earlier, in the same neighborhood.  The deaths devastated Kulu, but eventually hardened his resolve to shine a light on life in the streets …

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If you're hosting ex-pats over the Thanksgiving holiday, you need to hip them to the fact that, while  much has changed in Buffalo in their absence, one thing remains a constant - we've got a rich and vibrant music scene, one befitting a city at least twice our size. Our music scene has always been a useful barometer for ascertaining where we are as a city and a culture, a…

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Rock 'n' roll has lost some of its swagger. Malcolm Young, who co-founded, led, and provided the philosophical and musical core of AC/DC, the internationally revered Australian hard rock act, has died at 64. Like so many lovers of rock 'n' roll, I have many AC/DC-related memories. One in particular stands out, however. On May 25, 1991, I walked into Buffalo Memori…

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Record Store Day began in 2007 as a way to support independent, community-based music retailers in a time when the collapsing music industry and the encroachment of corporate chain stores conspired to threaten their existence. How disturbingly ironic, then, that those very corporate stores are attempting to co-opt the Record Store Day idea and rob it of its central tenet. …