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By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

This year’s Canalside Concert lineup is, with a few minor qualifications, one of the strongest we’ve seen since the series moved to the waterfront in 2011. Everything about this freshly announced roster of free shows strikes me as somewhere between very good and outstanding. That’s not to say that every show suits... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Thursday concerts will return to Canalside starting June 9 with the funk-soul of Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires and ending with the space-rock of Claypool Lennon Delirium. Between, concertgoers will be treated to everything from hip-hop to Americana and a tribute to David Bowie by the Buffalo Philharmonic... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Radiohead pulled everything from its social media and official band sites on Sunday. Fans knew what this likely meant - the arrival of the much rumored-about new music we'd been starving for since the 2011 release of "The King Of Limbs." On Tuesday morning, we got a taste of that new music in the form of first single... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Friday, April 29, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS – Steely Dan has its own place in music history, for no other group has so successfully married the sophistication of jazz harmony to the song-oriented strictures of pop, rock, funk and R&B. From its beginnings in the early 1970s through the present “The Dan Who Knew Too Much Tour,” which stopped... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Friday, April 29, 2016

Criticizing Beyonce has become akin to criticizing someone’s religious beliefs. You can’t simply rely on reason or an examination of supporting empirical evidence to make your case. Beyonce’s fans are running on faith, and faith brooks no criticism. You either believe or you don’t. Bearing this in mind, I wish I... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It’s not hard to posit the exact moment the paradigm shift in the music industry that welcomed the era of the “surprise album release” occurred. David Bowie was the first to do it when he released “The Next Day” with zero advance fanfare on his birthday, Jan. 8, 2013, catching the entire music-loving world off... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rock music was born in a spirit of protest. This might be tough to recall, given that these days, price structures for concerts generally place the wealthiest customers – often corporate executives entertaining their clients for the evening – in the best seats, and artists ranging from Lady Gaga to Metallica play... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, April 26, 2016

An embarrassment of riches. That’s one way to describe the Steely Dan catalog. Though what the group has been doing for the past 40-plus years is ostensibly pop music, the Dan’s version of pop involves rich harmony, extended chord voicings and dazzlingly musical soloing, all of which is more often than not the... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, April 25, 2016

In the 1970s, it was possible to generate and cater to a sizeable audience in the U.S., even if you weren’t selling millions of albums. Tirelessly touring, and hitting all of the minor markets – at that time, your rust belt cities, your Midwest hideaways, your interchangeable small towns and industrial wastelands... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, April 23, 2016

1) "In A Silent Way" (1969): Marrying jazz to large ensemble ambient music, and creating so much space in the music that Tony Williams’ cymbal playing emerges as one of the musical highlights – this was masterful stuff. I still listen to it at least once a week. 2) "Bitches Brew" (1970): “Directions in Music,”... Read More

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