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Jeff Miers

Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.


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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…

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"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…

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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…

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"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…

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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…

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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, "…

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Public Enemy Dropped a free album through Bandcamp. It has the fire, and then some. Hip BPO 10,000 fans gathered at Canalside to honor one of Canada's greatest bands. Impressive. Green Jello Kenmore's kings of punk humor play Mohawk Place July 7. Adam Clayton U2 bassist comes clean with inspiring speech on his struggles with alcoholism. Brave. Neil …

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Jay-Z is back, and he didn’t come to mess. "4:44" arrived on Friday through Jay's own streaming service, Tidal. And it places the rapper and entrepreneur, if not on the very top of the hip-hop heap, then close to it. "Stop walkin' 'round like y'all made 'Thriller,' " offers the man with the richest voice in rap this side of Chuck D., during "Moonlight," one of seve…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…