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Jeff Miers

Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.


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There needs to be some element of danger, some chance that things could go horribly awry, for growth to occur. For musicians, the comfort zone – that place carved from nothingness, usually very early on in the learning process, where one can retreat in order to exert some modicum of control over the situation – is ultimately a stultifying safe room, where the danger is kep…

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Rochester's Joywave has taken its danceable-but-eclectic alt-pop-indie hybrid from Western New York clubs to major stages – Indio, California's Coachella Festival and Chicago's Lollapalooza, for example – in less than a decade as an entity. Along the way, the band - singer Daniel Armbruster, guitarist Joseph Morinelli, drummer Paul Brenner, bassist Jeremiah Crespo, and key…

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Buffalo DJ and blues connoisseur Anita West has taken over Thursday nights at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), dedicated them to local and international blues artists,  and rechristened them "Howlin' at the Tralf." On March 1, the series presents  guitarist/vocalist Anthony Gomes, who, according to Blues Revue Magazine, is a musician claiming a spot "at the very forefr…

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A sampling of the best new (and new-ish) music that I'm listening to this week. Joan as Police Woman, "Damned Devotion" Smoky, soulful and often disarmingly intimate. I've had this one on repeat since its release last week. Thundercat, "Drank" DJ collective the Chopstars work their wicked magic on this brilliantly remixed and reimagined take on Thundercat'…

Columns

I've got my own criteria for what makes a strong summer concert season. I need a solid arena-style or outdoor amphitheater to kick things off. I need tantalizing club shows peppered throughout the summer . I need our outdoor soft-ticket and free gig roster to offer diverse programming that covers a broad array of genres. I need to plan a few road-trip gigs, for the sake…

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What would you get if you threw Pink Floyd, Phish and Talking Heads in a blender, hit the puree button, and then spiked the whole concoction and served it over ice? If you answered "a hangover," you're hilarious, but you're also incorrect. What you'd really end up with is a mash-up of epic proportions. Turns out this is already a thing. And that thing is called Pink Talkin…

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"We’ll be doing some new songs… and many others that will, I assume, be familiar. This is the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for ‘Stop Making Sense,’ so fingers crossed." Like many of the Buffalo contingent responsible for selling out David Byrne's March 6 engagement at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts in a matter of minutes,…

Art

Rhythm. Repetition. Color. Thematic variation. Visual art and music share these as prime creative concerns. It made sense, then, when News Arts Critic Colin Dabkowski and yours truly hatched the grand plan to attend "Matisse and the Art of Jazz" at the Albright-Knox together, we'd riff off of each other in real time and perhaps shine some light on the 20 colorful, evoca…

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George Harrison would have marked his 75th birthday on Feb 25. Since the most esoteric and non-material of the Beatles died in 2001, we'll have to do the celebrating for him. And when it comes to Harrison, there is much to celebrate, for his is a gift that keeps on giving, a many-petaled lotus that reveals more the more closely it is observed. Here in Buffalo, the auspi…

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"I love this country and honestly, I tried my best." Don’t get excited – no one is resigning from office, having acknowledged that they really weren't the right person for the gig. That's just Fergie, apologizing to the nation via an interview with TMZ for her surreal and supremely awful interpretation of the national anthem during last weekend's NBA All-Star Game. T…

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Jam bands are the Rodney Dangerfield of rock. They get no respect. And yet, they soldier on, oblivious to that fact. While they're soldiering on, they keep on getting better as musicians, and their audiences continue to grow. A truly grassroots musical movement, the jam band scene is one of the few that offers a viable financial option to a would-be professional musicia…

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A sampling of the best new (and new-ish) music that I'm listening to this week. Sonar with David Torn, "Vortex" They call themselves a "minimalist progressive groove band." I call them awesome. No streaming – you've gotta pay for music this good. (www.sonar-band.ch) N.E.R.D., "Lemon" N.E.R.D.'s performance during the NBA All-Star Game halftime show was rive…

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"He's the Axl Rose of Buffalo classical music," Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls says. "He throws himself into every project he's involved in, with everything he's got." Takac is referring to Richie English, the classical music prodigy, educator, arranger and pianist he hired as "composer-in-residence" for his GCR Audio recording studio in 2009. While comparing English …

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Seems that the rest of the country is catching on to something we've known for a long while. On Tuesday evening, our own Sportsmen's Tavern took home a serious trophy at the Ameripolitan Awards ceremony, held yearly in Memphis, Tenn. Of 10 venues from coast to coast – and even one club in Germany - nominated in the "Best Venue" category, the Black Rock establishment run…

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“I want to be a voice for young women. Especially the third culture kids, who are citizens of the world, but also a citizen of none.” That's the artist known as Sirintip, in a statement on a news release announcing her debut album, "Tribus," one of the most startlingly refreshing collections of new music to hit the ether in a good while. The album's visceral diversity r…