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The Who's 1971 "Who's Next" album, featuring "Baba O'Riley," is the selection for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour on Monday, July 8 in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the series, held on the second Monday of each month. Miers and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American mu…

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For 30 years, you could bank on it: Thursday nights in Buffalo would feature live music outdoors throughout the summer. The names of the locations and series changed frequently - we even got to say "wharf" for a few years - but leaving work Thursday often meant fresh air, a domestic beer and the joy and release that accompany a band jamming in the summer heat. When Cana…

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Buffalo's refugee community is ripe with stories of courage, uncertainty, separation and freedom, and there's a desire for more of these journeys to be told, especially in light of legislation that tightens the reins on how many refugees and immigrants the City of Good Neighbors may accept. The News' long-read series "From Buffalo to Burma" is the most in-depth piece de…

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Marvin Gaye's legendary 1971 concept album "What's Going On" is the selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the monthly series, held on select Mondays. Miers and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American music, spin …

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Steely Dan's classic 1976 album, "The Royal Scam," is the selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the monthly series, held on select Mondays. Miers and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American music, spin portions o…

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You might reasonably assume that, since I’m co-hosting a monthly Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at the Sportsmen’s Tavern celebrating the beleaguered but indomitable record album that I must listen to vinyl almost exclusively. In fact, though I never got rid of my roughly 2,000 vinyl records despite ever-changing new listening formats, I'd estimate that vinyl comprised only 25 per…

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The Beatles' legendary mid-'60s albums "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" are the selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the monthly series, held on select Mondays. Miers and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American musi…

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Over the summer, I watched singer Ann Wilson deliver a blistering set beneath a merciless late afternoon sun at Artpark. Wilson, best known as one half of the creative juggernaut behind Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart, was performing songs from her new album, “Immortal,” a collection of interpretations of (mostly) recently deceased rock and soul icons, including…

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Santana's eponymous 1969 debut album is the next selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Previous events in the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series were held before near capacity crowds. Those wishing to attend Sept. 10 are encouraged to arrive early, as entry is not guaranteed. There is no presale available. …

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King Crimson's seminal 1969 prog rock album, "In the Court of the Crimson King," is the next selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 in the Sportsmen's Tavern. The previous three events in the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series were held before near capacity crowds. Those wishing to attend Aug. 6 are encouraged to arrive early, as entry i…

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Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour: Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" 7 p.m. at Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Cost is $7 at the door. The second installment in a monthly series that finds Buffalo News music critic Jeff Miers joined by co-host Anita West of 97 Rock will focus on the game-changing modal jazz milestone "Kind of Blue." Miers and West will lead a discussion of the…

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Miles Davis' 1959 classic album, "Kind of Blue," is the next selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series, which takes place 7 p.m. Monday, June 18 at the Sportsmen's Tavern. The kickoff event of the series in May, featuring George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass," was held before a packed house. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West …