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Stories by Jeff Miers

By Jeff Miers » 3:01 PM

A social-media-fueled crisis at Canalside that threatened to keep a pair of local bands off the big stage tonight has been averted. Funk-based jam band Randle & the Late Night Scandals and primal rock ’n’ rollers Kickstart Rumble were the winners of the Public’s Canalside Battle of the Bands, an ongoing series... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ani DiFranco may call New Orleans home these days, but she planned something special for her audience back here in Buffalo as part of her current "Vote Dammit" tour. On Aug. 26, DiFranco and her band will headline the first Babefest at Asbury Hall in  Babeville, capping off a show blending music, social activism and... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In the current Rolling Stone cover story feature-length interview, Paul McCartney talks about his collaborations with Kanye West, in particular the tune “All Day,” for which West recorded McCartney whistling a melody he’d first written in 1969, but never turned into a complete song. McCartney was surprised when he... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, August 22, 2016

Turn off your mind, relax, and float down stream. Don’t these words have more meaning in our fast-paced mess of a mass-media-mad modern world than they did when John Lennon first sang them in 1966? (Hint: The answer is yes.) This year, we are marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ “Revolver”... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, August 20, 2016

I swore I’d be fine, that I wouldn’t lose it during the Tragically Hip’s show in Hamilton earlier this week, that I would be stoic and appreciative, and that’s it. I made it halfway through the second song of the night, “Courage.” From that point forward, I was a complete mess. To be honest, I’ve been a bit... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Friday, August 19, 2016

The Goo Goo Dolls have spent the summer on the road with guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society, touring arenas and sheds across the country in support of the recently released album "Boxes," a collection that founders John Rzeznik and Robby Takac consider to be a creative rebirth. The tour stops home for a show at 7... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, August 17, 2016

HAMILTON, Ont. - It was all there, in the way they took the stage at FirstOntario Centre on Tuesday night, huddled together in the center of the sprawling space, as if confined to the environs of a tiny practice room or an intimate club. The members of The Tragically Hip were finding strength in the brotherhood that has... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, August 13, 2016

I have to confess a dislike for Drake from the get-go. I’ve never connected with him in the past, through a recording or a performance. I’ve made that fact a matter of record. So how to review his sold-out show Friday in First Niagara Center? Seems like that dislike would be a serious handicap. I was hoping for... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Friday, August 12, 2016

Who from our region doesn't have a special memory made at the Erie County Fair? Mine was made on Aug. 15, 2002, when Bob Dylan took the Grandstand Stage prefaced by an unseen announcer reading a paragraph I'd written for the previous Friday's Gusto section of The Buffalo News. It took me a few minutes to realize what... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, August 11, 2016

The first time I encountered the Irving Klaws on a Buffalo concert stage, I thought the band offered the perfect blend of Quakes-like psycho-billy and the 1950s rock 'n' roll/punk hybrid so sleazily perfected by the Cramps. The Klaws called what they did "Pervasonic Rock" and the description was apt. The band's shows... Read More

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