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Jeff Miers

Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.


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The landscape of our summer concert season has changed rather radically in the 10 years that we've been bringing you this Gusto Summer Concert Guide. Below, I trace these changes through some of the more seismic shifts, trends, triumphs and travails of the past decade of summer music in Buffalo. From Lafayette Square to Canalside Perhaps nothing offers a more accurat…

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You could certainly enjoy a summer packed with great live music without leaving town at all. But if you've got what Joni Mitchell called "the urge for going," here are a few shows worth hitting the road for. Radiohead July 19 and 20 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ont. Still one of the most interesting and consistently excellent rock bands going. ***** D…

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With tongue firmly in cheek, I've crafted generic area music-fan archetypes and picked three shows to see this summer. In the process, the multi-genre depth of this summer's lineup smacked me right in the face. Don't let me hear anyone saying "There's nothing that interests me going on." This concert season is stacked.  Pop-country Listens to WYRK; your favorite artist…

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The 2018 summer concert season was afforded a grand kickoff at Artpark on Wednesday night, as perfect weather, a pair of spectacular stoner-metal bands and a headlining set from one of the most wonderfully weird rock bands in history conspired to form an experience that will be tough to top in the coming months. The only thing missing was… well, you, perhaps. The cro…

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Journey and Def Leppard, 7 p.m., May 26, KeyBank Center ($45.50-$175.50, Tickets.com) Post Malone sold out his Saturday March 26 show at Darien Lake – inside and out. I'm both impressed and baffled by this news, but in the early days of a concert season that is overflowing with conflicting show-dates, even Malone fans should look at this as a positive – it means you're …

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It's been a year since beloved music business veteran and tireless champion of the Buffalo music scene Susan Tanner died following a lengthy battle with cancer. But it's still Tanner's vision that her husband, Marty Boratin, celebrates whenever he opens the doors of his Hamburg home to a host of music lovers eager for something different, something more intimate and mea…

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East Aurora is famous for native sons like Millard Fillmore, Roycroft movement founder Elbert Hubbard, and inaugural Buffalo Sabres owner Seymour Knox, in addition to being the birthplace of Fisher-Price toys and home to the corporate headquarters of Moog. But all I could think about as I took the 20A exit off the 400 and down-shifted into the quaint village was where I…

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Hip-hop, modern blues, jam bands, indie rock, ska-punk and whatever it is that Vanilla Ice does are all represented in the just announced Canalside Live 2018 concert season. The 10-concert series opens June 7 at Canalside with the hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman with eight shows on the traditional Thursday night slot one each on a Friday and Saturday. Tickets will r…

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You go to see a group of talented young musicians playing jazz in a Buffalo club. One minute, they're burning through a tried-and-true jazz standard with a swing beat. The next, they're improvising over a groove that sounds like something the late hip-hop pioneer J. Dilla might have crafted. An MC is suddenly on stage, dropping a freestyle flow against a searing, search…

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Local artists like Mad Dukez, Drea D'Nur and Jared Tinkham are examples of the blend of hip-hop and jazz here in Buffalo. Here is a look at some of the more influential albums that have helped foster that fusion: A Tribe Called Quest, "Low End Theory" 1991: Not the first time hip-hop had looked to jazz, but clearly the premier successful marriage of the two aesthetics…

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Buffalo is known as a city that has deep roots in funk, punk, r&b, indie-rock, pop and hip-hop. One needn't dispute the veracity of this by insisting that it's also a city with a storied tradition of progressive rock, though admitting as much doesn’t make you sound particularly cool. Consider the members-only Facebook community dubbed "Rodan and the Progressive Era,…

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Five years ago, I attended a funeral for a friend who'd gone way too soon. At the conclusion of the service, that friend's son and his high school buddies played the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace," and if there was a dry eye in the house, it certainly wasn't one of mine. Today, that band of friends is known as Intrepid Travelers, and as they launch a five-show weekl…

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1. Brian Eno, "1971-77 – The Man Who Fell To Earth" The first-ever documentary film covering Eno's game-changing contributions to popular music is playing now on Amazon Prime, and it's awesome. ----- 2. Can, "Tago Mago" The German outfit's 1971 album still sounds like music from the future. It is best enjoyed on vinyl, but can be found now on Spotify. …