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Stories by Jeff Miers

By Jeff Miers » 11:43 AM

Fifty years ago, when the Beach Boys released Brian Wilson’s masterpiece, “Pet Sounds,” the groundbreaking marriage of dense harmony and pop hooks caught the B-Boys’ faithful by surprise, and the album was generally considered a commercial flop.This was not the lovable surf-soaked pop the fans had grown to love... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, September 27, 2016

None of the guys live in town these days, and they haven’t for decades, but Moe. has never short-changed its hometown audience. This weekend, the little Buffalo jam-band that could comes home for a pair of shows at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Moe. shows are always touched by the thrill of the unexpected, and hometown... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, September 26, 2016

“It’s only music.” These words have made my blood boil since I was old enough to understand what the concept of boiling blood implies. Why? Because throughout my life,the phrase has been employed to shut me up when I am either A) Waxing too poetic on music’s transformative possibilities, or B) Waxing too poetic... Read More

By Jeff Miers , Jeff Simon » Sunday, September 25, 2016

The release of the Ron Howard documentary film “Eight Days A Week” and the re-release of a remastered version of “The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl” has not exactly restarted Beatlemania, but it has rekindled interest in The Band From Liverpool That Changed Everything.News Arts Editor Jeff Simon and Pop Music... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, September 24, 2016

Imagine for a moment that you found a magic bottle at an estate sale somewhere, and when you rubbed it, out popped the Pop Music Genie, eager to grant you your biggest wish. You might want to think twice before saying something like “I want to be famous and have a huge hit song!” Genies are notorious for taking... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I ran into Snarky Puppy/Ghost Note/Erykah Badu drummer Robert “Sput” Searight in the men’s room of the Anaheim Marriott Hotel during last year’s NAMM Festival. I’ve had nightmares about meeting my musical idols in situations such as this one. “Awkward” doesn’t begin to cut it. Sometimes you have to roll... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Two concerts scheduled for Sept. 23 have been moved to new locations. The Metric show that was scheduled for Artpark has been moved to The Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The club will now host the revered Canadian indie-pop outfit, beginning at 8 p.m. Limited tickets remain, and be found through Ticketfly.com. In... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It’s a twisted and tragic story. It’s the tale of the Beach Boys, or to be more pointed about it – it’s the near-myth of Brian Wilson and his cousin, Mike Love. It's a decades-long soap opera that pits tortured creative genius (Wilson) against unflinching lack of cool, often portrayed from beneath the brim of a... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, September 19, 2016

For the first time since Aug. 15, 2000, when the band shared a bill with Stone Temple Pilots at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will offer their funk-rap-rock hybrid to a Buffalo audience. The band will play the KeyBank Center, formerly the First Niagara Center, on Feb. 10. This will be... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Dixie Chicks have been gone a long time. Prior to Saturday, the band – once the biggest in country music – hasn’t played Buffalo since 2003, and no major tour has been mounted since 2006. Ten years is an eternity in pop music. Consider that the Beatles went from “She Loves You” to “Helter Skelter” in a... Read More

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