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Jeff Miers

The News' music critic since 2002, Jeff Miers also compiles the "90 Minutes" series where he highlights things to do in various Western New York neighborhoods. Miers co-hosts the monthly Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at the Sportsmen's Tavern.


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The 2018-19 season of the annual Art of Jazz series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery has been announced, and it offers an impressive marriage of legendary names and bright, vital up-and-coming artists. The new season comprises four shows: Sullivan Fortner and his Trio on Nov. 17 Joe Lovano's Trio Tapestry on Jan. 27, 2019 Carla Bley on March 17, 2019 Edmar Castane…

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Grammy-winning pop singer Petula Clark, known for such iconic hits as “Downtown,” “I Know A Place” and “This Is My Song,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Tickets ($47-$62) go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 10. A pre-sale for Riviera Theatre members starts at 4 p.m. Aug. 7.  

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The Borderland Music & Art Festival, slated for Sept. 22 and 23 at Knox Farm State Park inEast Aurora, has announced an addition to its already strong lineup of roots and Americana artists. Oteil & Friends – a super-group of jam-band luminaries featuring bassist/vocalist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Co.), keyboardist Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Tr…

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Slayer's reign as the undisputed overlords of dark, aggressive thrash-metal is coming to an end after 38 years. Unsurprisingly, the band is not going quietly, as an Aug. 3 stop at Darien Lake Amphitheatre, part of the band's farewell tour, made plain. If this was indeed the end, then Slayer departed at the height of its powers - grimly defiant, dangerously loud, awash i…

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It started, as so many amazing artistic ideas seem to, in a dorm room. At UB, Tony Caferro and Robert Hill envisioned Deep Thinka Records as a Buffalo-centric hip-hop label with an emphasis on fresh beats, forward-looking material and a positive ethos. Twenty years later, the label is booking hip-hop artists in 250 markets, while simultaneously nurturing Buffalo artists…

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Wilson Buffalo date announced Steven Wilson has added dates to his "To the Bone" tour, and one of them just happens to be a Nov. 27 stop at the Town Ballroom. Happy Thanksgiving! Kick out the Words MC5 founder Wayne Kramer's biography "The Hard Stuff" (Da Capo) is often harrowing, sometimes hilarious and always compelling. The other Beck If you've seen J…

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So that thing happened to me. You know, the one where you feel the goose flesh rise on your arms, you throw your hands toward heaven (or the sky, for secular types) and you are possessed by the uncontrollable desire to hug your neighbor, who’s a stranger? All because of four chords, a melody and some lyrics that hit deep? Father John Misty's Canalside set started mellow…

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After decades of waiting, I finally saw Radiohead in concert, only to realize I had become a character in one of the band's songs. I had been waiting for the opportunity to catch the band in concert since the 1997 release of "OK Computer." Radiohead has never played Buffalo as a headliner, and though it stops in Toronto and New York City often, the stars never aligned f…

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Summertime in the Cobblestone/Canalside neighborhood is tough to top for anyone who loves live music, craft beer, good food and the ability to walk to a wide variety of venues in a mere matter of minutes. For the latest installment of "90 minutes in…" series, I bent the rules a bit and decided to plan an afternoon's activities that would lead up to a Canalside Live! con…

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John Kent has carved his place in the rough and beautiful Ellicottville hills. "Thirty years ago, I came here and plowed the ground for this myself," Kent said, while gesturing toward the large rodeo ring enclosed by what looks like a few miles of steel piping. "It has grown every year." A tall, imposing man with a penetrating gaze, Kent is owner and architect of…

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Last week, my column lamented the suggestion of tension between the United States and Canada, and focused on the fact that, for so many of us in Buffalo, Canada in general, and Toronto in particular, are part of what we consider to be the "local" music scene. Many of you agreed, and shared your own thoughts on the subject. A few of your comments and letters stopped me i…

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There's something genuinely soulful about '90s R&B. Back before hip-hop completely swallowed the form and regurgitated it in the wholly transformed state we have today, the genre was still laser-focused on grandiose balladry, emotive, coloratura-laced singing – everybody wanted to be Whitney Houston or Boyz II Men – and a more liberal sense of groove that incorporat…

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Some old-school soul is heading your way this weekend, as what is being predicted to be a scorching hot day will find some scorching hot R&B filling a festival roster at Canalside – where it's always a little bit cooler, thanks to the breeze coming over the water. On Saturday, the Summer Soul Festival at Canalside has a lineup that will have you moving, no doubt: Fa…

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I've been going to Lewiston regularly since moving to Buffalo in 1990. Yes, it was Artpark that drew me first, its broad roster of concerts appealing to my eccentric musical taste, running the gamut from jazz to heavy rock, R&B to folk, and nearly everywhere in between. It didn’t take me long to ascertain a sort of "sub-vibe" in the region, however. On its surface, …