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Jeff Miers

Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.


Rockin' at the Knox returned to the grounds of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery with a vengeance Thursday night, following a seven-year hiatus. The event – which sold out in advance – was populated by enthused participants eager to simultaneously welcome the series back to Buffalo and to indulge in the pleasures offered by a top-tier trio of alternative rock bands, all…

Celebrating Canada Day at Canalside, as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs the music of the Tragically Hip, with the help of a Buffalo band well-schooled in the Hip's music? This feels like a no-brainer. Though the Hip is predominantly a guitar-based band, one that finds its strength in the marriage of incisive, poetic narratives and roots-oriented rock with a …

It seems only logical that a city capable of supporting an annual homegrown music festival known as Music is Art would embrace the idea of live music sharing space with one of the most impressive collections of fine art in New York State. Such a marriage of live music and living art was the core tenet of the Rockin' at the Knox summer concert series, which over the year…

Rust Belt Birds Female Buffalo super-group, featuring Megan Brown, Grace Stumberg, Sara Elizabeth and Tina Marie Williams, sharing stage at Mohawk Place June 30. The beautiful one Expanded edition of Prince's "Purple Rain" is out now, and it's loaded with goodies from the vault. Incredible. Bill Ward The Black Sabbath drummer is selling pieces of his dru…

Third Eye Blind will bring its "Summer Gods" tour to the Darien Lake PAC at 7 p.m. June 29. For this tour, which finds the Stephan Jenkins-led band marking the 20th anniversary of its multi-million-selling 1997 self-titled album in full, in all of its dated mainstream alt-rock glory,  Jenkins and crew will be joined by guests Silversun Pickups and Ocean Park Standoff. Tic…

R5, called by The Huffington Post an "adorable family band," will perform as part of Darien Lake's In-Park Concert Series at 6 p.m. July 1. The band – siblings Riker, Ross, Rocky and Rydel Lynch, and family friend Ellington Ratliff – commands a healthy teen and tween following, largely due to Ross Lynch's appearances in the Disney vehicle "Austin & Ally." Adm…

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…