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Stories by Jeff Miers

By Jeff Miers » Monday, June 27, 2016

There are really two Whitesnakes. The first evolved out of Deep Purple, at the behest of vocalist David Coverdale, who replaced Ian Gillan in that band for a strong mid-'70s stint. That first era of Whitesnake featured drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord, both founding members of Purple, and was a strutting,... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, June 25, 2016

In the world of popular music, the two bands that have been involved in the most plagiarism lawsuits are the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. That these two are also the first and second best-selling artists of all time might be a coincidence. I doubt it. Music plagiarism can be divided into two categories in the... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Friday, June 24, 2016

It sometimes seems that love for the electric blues above all forms of music is a test one must pass to enter some sort of cult. People who truly love this music often seem to subscribe to the “blues or nothing” mentality. I’ve never been a fan of reductive views of the rich pageant offered by all music, and since... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gravitas. You can’t just grab it, steal it and claim it. It has to be earned. Chuck D has earned it, and throughout Public Enemy’s packed, boisterous and politically charged show at Canalside on Thursday, he made it plain he is the most authoritative voice in hip-hop. Public Enemy changed hip-hop in the late... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Public Enemy flourished in the late-1980s and early '90s, but many of the hip-hop group's songs have become timeless. Before Chuck D, Flava Flav and friends hit the Canalside stage tonight, here are five songs, from 1987 to 2016, that we're looking forward to hearing. “Man Plans God Laughs,” from this year’s... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Rockin’ on the River summer concert series, held in North Tonawanda’s Gratwick Riverside Park, kicks off Friday with the return of a favorite of the series, blues-rock guitarist, band leader and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Shepherd has played the area many times over the years, taking part in this run of... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Back in the late 1990s, the annual Americanarama Music Festival was a linchpin of the Buffalo area summer concert scene. Held in the closed-off street on the block housing Mohawk Place, the festival presented a thrillingly diverse assortment of roots music acts of both the local and national variety. It was a time when... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

If we’re really concerned about intellectual property rights, we shouldn’t be concentrating on the trial unfolding in Los Angeles this week, wherein surviving members of the band Spirit are suing Led Zeppelin for purportedly plagiarizing the chord sequence at the heart of the iconic “Stairway to Heaven.” We should... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Sunday, June 19, 2016

To confront Paul Simon’s “Stranger to Stranger” (Concord) is to confront the extent of your own ageism. For me, that meant dealing with the fact that my first reaction to this wildly inventive album was, “Wow, I can’t believe this guy is still pushing the envelope at 74 years old”. For others, Simon’s age... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, June 16, 2016

Last week, following Charles Bradley's inspired set kicking off the Canalside 2016 concert season, I filed my review of the show, then sauntered over to the patio bar at 716 - known as Sideline - where, to my delight, guitarist/vocalist Vin DeRosa, bassist Zuri Appleby and percussionist GC were making a hot funky mess,... Read More

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