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Were The Beatles overrated? News Sports Reporter Tim Graham asked the question a few weeks ago during his radio show on 1270 The Fan. News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers will be live in studio for the first hour of "The Tim Graham Show" today to provide his expert analysis. Listen to the previous debate starting at the 24:00 mark of this Facebook Live vid…

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The music has stopped, the crowds are gone and Canalside this morning is once again its usual peaceful, waterfront spot. But there are many more Thursday shows to come. Here's what we know after week 1: 1) You can still grab a great view for free With the remodeling of the ticketed VIP section during the off-season, there was some fear that the free general admission cu…

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Dear Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Paul Langlois, Johnny Fay and Gord Sinclair: Like all Tragically Hip fans, your families and your friends, we here in Buffalo are gutted by the news of Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis. We have nothing but our love and gratitude to send your way, and so we send them, in abundance. We can’t help but rail against the injustice of it all – that a …

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The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda will host a free showing of "Purple Rain" on April 30, the venue posted on Facebook. The showing starts at 7 p.m. and no advance tickets will be issued. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue, 67 Webster St., will open about an hour before showtime. "We invite you to join us in celebrating the life and care…

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The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda will host a free showing of "Purple Rain" on April 30, the venue posted on Facebook. The showing starts at 7 p.m. and no advance tickets will be issued. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue, 67 Webster St., will open about an hour before showtime. "We invite you to join us in celebrating the life and care…

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I’m crushed. And I know I’m far from alone. The news came early Thursday afternoon that Prince, whose birth name was Prince Rogers Nelson and who was equally known for his songwriting, his musicianship and his performing style, was found unresponsive inside his home outside of Minneapolis and was declared dead soon after. Prince seemed so ageless. He appeared eternally y…

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“In a world turned cyanide cynical, belief grows more precious, more powerfully colorful. Good ethics purify aesthetic perception.” That’s author and North Carolina native Allan Gurganus, writing in the April 9 edition of the New York Times. Gurganus’ editorial laments the fact that “Jesse Helms is dead, but his spirit of bigotry isn’t” within the author’s beloved state…

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“In a world turned cyanide cynical, belief grows more precious, more powerfully colorful. Good ethics purify aesthetic perception.” That’s author and North Carolina native Allan Gurganus, writing in the April 9 edition of the New York Times. Gurganus’ editorial laments the fact that “Jesse Helms is dead, but his spirit of bigotry isn’t” within the author’s beloved state…

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Perhaps we're not "Paradise City." Axl Rose, Slash and the rest of the team that will compose this summer's Guns N' Roses reunion tour finally dropped a video Friday listing the cities the band will be visiting. Buffalo is not among them, though Toronto is. Dates and venues will be forthcoming. email: jmiers@buffnews.com  

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How about “Born to Write”?Bruce Springsteen, who will perform Feb. 25 at First Niagara Center, is also going to be showing up on book shelves this fall.Simon & Schuster will publish Springsteen’s autobiography – completely unsurprisingly, it will be titled “Born To Run” – on Sept. 27.The Boss has been working on his life story for seven years, commencing work immediate…

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Over the past few months, as the debate over moving back Buffalo's bar closing time has intensified, we've heard the refrain ad nauseum: "Nothing good happens after 2 a.m." Well, not in our experience. As denizens of Buffalo's thriving late-night culture, we in The Buffalo News features department present 10 examples of late-late-night experiences that contradict this dr…

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On Sunday, the Guardian published an article entitled “Was 1966 pop music’s greatest year?” and offered as evidence to the affirmative the fact that the year saw the release of the Beatles' "Revolver,” Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde,” and the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds,” three albums that would surely populate any “Best Ever.” That could help explain why "Brian Wilson ‘Pet So…

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This week, Warner Bros. Records and the Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of “A Boy Named Goo” with a deluxe edition. It was the Buffalo band’s fifth album and its first to break through into the upper echelons of the pop mainstream .In 1995, the group still felt like a local concern, although one that most members of the area music scene viewed …

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It takes a certain amount of what propriety insists we call fortitude to rewrite a Bob Dylan song, particularly one of his most beloved tunes, adding your own lyrics to update the piece for the present day.But that’s what Chris Cornell did, early on, during an emotionally enriching sold-out show in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts on Sunday. Cornell grabbed …

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Brian Wilson is one of the great composers in the history of popular music, and a reasonable argument can be made that his best work exists in a melodic, harmonic and emotional atmosphere that none of his peers has ever fully permeated. Wilson has suffered greatly in his life, however, and emotional, psychological and substance-related issues have long plagued him. So a Br…