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Jeff Miers

Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.


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On New Year's Day, without warning, A Perfect Circle dropped a new song, and though I didn’t know it was coming, it immediately brightened my perspective on 2018. It was the lyrics - lent drama and impact by the spacious arrangement and gorgeous melody - that grabbed me immediately. "Time to put the silicon obsession down/Take a look around, find a way in the silence/Li…

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"You have the best job in the world" is something that is said to me often when I run into friends and readers at concerts around town. I can understand why people get this impression, and I do indeed feel blessed to be able to write about music for a living. I'm grateful for the opportunity, and I take it seriously. However, I never forget the reason that I was attract…

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Assign your designated driver, line up the babysitter, and pick one or more of these musical New Year's Eve throwdowns to help you kick 2017 to the curb, where it belongs. Buffalo Dead All-Stars, 3 p.m., Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.) $10. This is a cool and somewhat novel idea – a matinee New Year's Eve gig that will have you back home in plenty of time to cou…

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Sometimes, the concerts that move me the most don’t end up as reviews beneath my byline in The Buffalo News. I spend whatever free time modern life grants me going to concerts, whether I'm on the clock or otherwise. Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favorite shows among those I attended purely for pleasure. Moonchild, Nov. 18 at Buffalo Iron Works. This neo-…

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Our experience of music is subjective, so arguing about the value and meaning of a particular artist's work in opposition to work we consider of lesser merit is silly. (Interesting thoughts for a guy with "music critic" next to his name, no?) Regardless, clarifying argument is often cathartic, discourse is often a good thing, and reflecting on our own inclinations wi…

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Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the 2018 Bridgestone Winter Classic New Year's Day game between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the NHL announced today. The band will take the stage during the first intermission of the game, which will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports beginning at 1 p.m. Jan…

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I thought 2016 was bad. 2017 came along and taught me a lesson, though. The lesson was, "Things could definitely be worse. Here, let me show you…" We lost heroes in the music world, most of them far too soon. Mother Nature seemed to be growing increasingly displeased. A consensual reality shared among citizens was apparently too much to expect. Kindness, thoughtfulness …

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If you caught Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt performing songs and telling stories together at the University at Buffalo  Center for the Arts in 2008, then you know that this format suits Lovett's brilliant songs and dry-witted repartee rather well. Fitting, then, that Lovett teams with another singer-songwriter of high standing in the form of Shawn Colvin, for a tag-team tour …

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As keyboardist with Buffalo's Intrepid Travelers, Donny Frauenhofer  has been navigating a rapid trajectory, moving from tentative beginnings on the local club scene to festivals and a serious buzz on the Northeast jam band circuit in a matter of a few years. Intrepid Travelers became very good very quickly, so it's no surprise that Frauenhofer is a young musician eager to…

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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…