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Stories by Jeff Miers

By Jeff Miers » 12:01 AM

Album of the Year “Sound & Color” – Alabama Shakes “To Pimp a Butterfly” – Kendrick Lamar “Traveller” – Chris Stapleton “1989” – Taylor Swift “Beauty Behind the Madness” – The Weeknd Miers' pick: “To Pimp a Butterfly,” with honorable mention to “Sound &... Read More

By Jeff Miers » 12:01 AM

Time and again, many Americans have proved that they favor the symbol over the thing being symbolized. Our politics is enthralled with symbolism, much of it empty. Our pop culture (and popular music in particular) also loves a good symbol. This is not always a bad thing. Symbolism abounds in literature, and the idea is... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Friday, February 12, 2016

Dates for Beyonce’s “Formation World Tour” have been announced, and sadly for Buffalo area fans, they don’t include a stop at First Niagara Center. However, the devout might want to travel to Toronto (May 25, Rogers Centre), Detroit (May 29, Ford Field), or Pittsburgh (May 31, Heinz Field) for their Beyonce... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, February 11, 2016

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... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Buffalo’s preeminent sultan of sultry saxophone, Will Holton, has outdone himself with the lineup for his annual Valentine’s Day weekend show at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). In addition to a typical Holton program of prime R&B-tinged jazz and soul, the Feb. 13 show will celebrate five years of Holton’s... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I admit, the first time I saw a music news story touting the rebirth of the prerecorded audio cassette as a favored medium for “millennials,” I nearly lost control of my bladder, so robust was my laughter.Though I’ve long argued that the resurgence in sales of vinyl records over the past several years is a direct... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, February 8, 2016

After review, the ruling on the field stands: Bruno Mars hit Coldplay, causing the band to fumble the ball, at which point, Beyonce recovered, though she tripped on her own ego just shy of the end zone. What happened there, people? What exactly was that? I was under the impression that the NFL invited Coldplay to... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Sunday, February 7, 2016

So you bought that Adele album, hoping you’d satisfy your need for powerful, soulful femininity in song, just as millions of others did. You listened to it a lot at first, but gradually, stopped. It has been a few weeks now. Can you remember any of the tunes, singles aside? If the answer is no, and you’ve found that... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, February 4, 2016

Once upon a time, before the band somehow got caught up in the tide of saccharine late-1980s hair-metal, Germany’s Scorpions was a truly strange stoner-rock band. Check out the group’s debut effort, 1972’s “Lonesome Crow,” for proof – a very young Michael Schenker plays his heart out throughout these howling... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Holy 1980s, Batman! Howard Jones and OMD are playing Artpark this summer. Along with some Canadian band with a name that suggests a burlesque show. What next? According to publicists for Howard Jones, the British synth-pop icon will take part in the “Last Summer on Earth Tour,” a road jaunt which will find Jones... Read More

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