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Jeff Miers

Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.


It's not particularly distinguished-looking, if we're telling the truth. If you were visiting Buffalo from some other burgh, you'd probably blow right through it on your way to more welcoming environs. It's just concrete, really, and some scattered trees, the edge of a cemetery at the block's northernmost end, a few storefronts, some of them now empty, an abandoned nigh…

A new mural has been unveiled in North Buffalo and its subject is that is near and dear to the hearts of Buffalo music lovers: the Tragically Hip and the band's dynamic poet-performance artist-singer, Gord Downie. The mural, depicting Downie in concert during the Hip's "Man Machine Poem" tour, adorns the side of the Hertel Liquor Library building, directly across from t…

When Bruce Springsteen returned to Buffalo for the first time following the deaths of long-serving E Street Band compadres Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici, he knew that everyone in the room needed some healing. "We are missing some people tonight," he told the crowd at what was then known as First Niagara Center. "But if you're here and we're here, then they're here…

I'm often asked what advice I have for young musicians. Sometimes I merely quip "Don’t quit your day job," half-kidding, though more commonly I've delivered a variant on "If you are even questioning that music is the main purpose of your life, then you should just forget it, because it doesn’t get easier; it gets harder." More recently, however, a simpler, more stra…

In 2003, I took in a sparsely attended show at the Evening Star Concert Hall in Niagara Falls featuring a band called Hookah Brown – a fiery quartet led by erstwhile Black Crowes guitarist and co-founder Rich Robinson. I chatted with Robinson on the bus after that show, and found him to be exactly what, by every account I've come across, he is a mellow, down-to-earth, wa…

Fresh from a string of dates in Ireland, the Kings of Leon - siblings Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew Followill - return for a show at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Darien Lake PAC. The gig is part of the band's ongoing tour for its recent "Walls" album, and will feature support from the mighty post-blues collective Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats a…

Billboard is reporting that Chester Bennington, vocalist with Linkin Park, has been found dead at a residence in Los Angeles. The cause of death is said to be suicide by hanging. Bennington was 41, and a father of six children by two wives. He reportedly struggled with alcohol, drug addiction and depression for many years. Bennington was a close friend of Soundgarden…

Celebrating timeless values in a rapidly evolving and often harsh environment has always been reggae music's purview. As the scion of the most renowned family name in the Jamaican-born form's history, Ziggy Marley didn’t need to learn this – he was born with the understanding flowing through his veins. At Artpark on Wednesday, Marley proved himself more than worthy …

Finally legal C.O. Jones celebrates its 21st anniversary at 8 p.m. July 21 at Delaware Park Marcy Casino. Kulu Buffalo rapper and Tephlon Entertainment CEO turns tragedy into inspiration with "O How the Mighty Have Fallen" album. King Crimson Leader Robert Fripp has long been vehemently opposed to streaming, but a new album popped up on Spotify last week. …

It was all going to come down to how they dealt with the whole Beats headphones deal, for me. Was "The Defiant Ones," the four-part, give-hour documentary now airing on HBO, going to come across as an advertisement for Beats and a celebration of that company's purchase by Apple for $3 billion? Or were we going to learn something about Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, the men b…

"Man, I could've booked a better night of music than that one!" Who among us hasn’t uttered some variation of the above? We all think we could do the job more effectively than the supposed experts particularly in our current era of social media madness, where having expertise in a certain area is commonly referred to as "elitism." Well, smarty pants, here's your chanc…

Canalside will host hip-hop royalty on July 13. That's when Ghostface Killah and Slick Rick will share a bill that should strike fear into the hearts of sucker MCs far and wide. This, my friends, is old school. The real deal. You know Ghostface Killah as a prominent member of hip-hop supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan, but the man has been functioning as a full-fledged solo ar…

"An early morning to get to #Buffalo – rocking @CanalsideBflo for our best #American fans, can't wait!" That was Jeff Burrows, drummer with the Tea Party, tweeting in the early a.m. on Thursday and rather handily encapsulating the feeling of excitement that has been building here since the announcement that the revered Canadian trio would be making its Canalside debut…

Like all great musical ideas in this country, this one started in New Orleans and eventually worked its way north, to New York City, and then west from there. Born of the desire to celebrate rich musical communities, the New Orleans idea morphed into events like the annual Brooklyn Comes Alive festival, where the eclectic musings of the Williamsburg region are celebrated a…

It's about the grandeur. It's as simple as that. The Tea Party makes an exotic and intoxicating sound that balances the primal and the sophisticated. It's a larger-than-life marriage of sonic thrust and broad dynamic range. And it's also, as guitarist and vocalist Jeff Martin told me when the band was last in Buffalo to perform two sold-out shows at the Town Ballroom, "…