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Jeff Miers

Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.


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The Town Ballroom has announced that legendary Buffalo hardcore outfit Snapcase will share a bill with Counterparts and Pentimento in the venue at 7 p.m Jan. 20. Tickets ($26-$30) go on sale at noon Dec. 8 through the Town Ballroom box office and Ticketfly.com. Snapcase performed last in Buffalo for its 25th anniversary show in February 2016 - see photos of the band …

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You don’t have to look too far for signs of the apocalypse these days, but when, I ask you, will enough be enough? The numbers are in. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters were offered an opportunity to make their voices heard, and they took that opportunity to vote for Bon Jovi. 1.16 million times. That's right, the New Jersey band crushed the competition among Rock…

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These are trying times. Hanging around on social media and arguing about it will not change this fact. You can beat your head against the digital wall and take a few years off your life while doing nothing to alter grim reality. Or you can do something to make things better. Yuki Numata Resnick, artistic director and co-founder of Buffalo String Works, chose the latter.…

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The Dropkick Murphys' St. Patrick's Day Tour will stop at the Rapids Theatre. Boston's favorite Celtic-punk sons, the Dropkick Murphys, will play the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St.) as part of their just-announced St. Patrick's Day Tour. The band, with guests hardcore legends Agnostic Front and ska-punk outfit Bim Skala Bim, will perform at the Niagara Falls venue at 7 p…

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A Tweet from a user known as Nutella asking readers to "Name a (expletive) badder than Taylor Swift" has exploded. But not in the way it was originally intended. More than 10,000 Twitter users have responded and -- despite what the endless media push behind Swift would like us to believe -- the singer does not top the lists of too many Twitter users when it comes to …

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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…