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It's music's biggest 12-minute gig, every year. It can make or break a career. But this year's Super Bowl halftime show was always going to be more than a high-profile promotional spot for an already huge artist seeking a postgame sales bump. This is 2018. #MeToo, the Resistance, the Colin Kaepernick-led civil protests during the singing of the national anthem and th…

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The shocking news on Thursday that Prince had died in his home outside of Minneapolis had his fans scrolling through their memories for favorite songs, videos and live performances. Buffalo News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers called Prince a "genius" and said "his gifts were prodigious and vast." For Buffalo fans, both their introduction and the high-water mark may have bee…

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The shocking news on Thursday that Prince had died in his home outside of Minneapolis had his fans scrolling through their memories for favorite songs, videos and live performances. Buffalo News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers called Prince a "genius" and said "his gifts were prodigious and vast." For Buffalo fans, both their introduction and the high-water mark may have bee…

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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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Prince, the singularly flamboyant and prolific songwriter and performer whose decades of music transcended and remade genres like funk, rock and R&B, died Thursday at his Paisley Park studio and estate in Minnesota, according to a statement from his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure. He was 57. ----- "I'm crushed. And I know I'm far from alone," writes Jeff Miers. ----…

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In R&B, there’s Prince, and then there’s everyone else. Every few years, some new artist is venerated as the “new” Prince – Bruno Mars being the latest example – and every few years, that artist proves incapable of living up to such hype. Even Michael Jackson, for all of his success, pales in comparison to Prince, who is an extreme talent as an instrumentalist, produc…

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Prince ended five years of relative silence - that cameo on television’s “New Girl” alongside Zoey Deschanel doesn’t count, although it was cute – with the release of two brand-new albums today. Instead of doing the whole media grind, the most significant, enigmatic and consistently creative R&B artist of the past 35 years offered a few cryptic posts on his Twitter pa…

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If you happened to be in a particularly mellow mood during Sheila E.’s rather excellent show at Canalside on Thursday, perhaps you got a bit more up when Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown strolled onto the stage, extolled the virtues of the woman her mother knows as Sheila Escovedo, and then declared Thursday, July 31st, 2014, to be “Sheila E. Day in Buffalo.” I didn’t see tha…