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Stories by Jeff Miers

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Carrie Underwood put on a clinic in high-powered, emotive and consistently in-tune singing at First Niagara Center on Tuesday. You can criticize Underwood on aesthetic grounds, but that’s about it. Her performance before a mostly full First Niagara Center was flawless. Unless you consider performing generic pop-country... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, May 21, 2016

Last week, a Facebook thread commenced pondering the validity of Grateful Dead tribute bands in the Buffalo area. The thread raised a few questions. Are there more active GD tribs than the market can bear? Is it silly to keep playing this band’s music? And why can’t the various Dead factions get along with each other?... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The music of Yes – that magical, genre-bursting marriage of classical, folk, jazz and rock that was to the 1970s and ‘80s what Radiohead is to the past 20 years of popular music – is not dead, but it has certainly been ailing of late. When Yes co-founder and bassist Chris Squire died last year, it seemed that the... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Music is what we’re made of. Let that one sink in. Last week, T Bone Burnett – musician, songwriter, record producer, proud owner of enough Grammy Awards to cover the most substantial of mantelpieces – stood before a room full of music industry folks gathered in Washington, D.C. and dropped a few verbal... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Sunday, May 15, 2016

We really don’t care how you release your album. Drop it in the middle of the night unannounced, tease it with cryptic social media posts, preface it with a performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, act like you’re doing something radical by manipulating your internet presence when in fact you’re just being... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, May 12, 2016

We know Kiefer Sutherland for his celebrated role in the television series “24,” and as the star of dozens of high-profile films. But Sutherland has been involved in music since he was a kid growing up in Canada, and has long harbored a desire to be a songwriter. In April, Sutherland released the first single from... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thirty years back, when the Smithereens released its debut effort, “Especially For You,” guitars still ruled the popular music roost, and the New Jersey quartet’s blend of six-string muscle and yearning-infused melody made it the coolest power-pop outfit this side of Cheap Trick. The time since has not been... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, May 12, 2016

It made sense, but was still surprising. When it was announced that Yes vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson had joined forces with Jean Luc Pont, a revered jazz violinist, bandleader and sideman (Frank Zappa, among others), one could almost hear the collective grin breaking across the faces of prog and fusion fans the world... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, May 12, 2016

It’s a story after my own heart.Irish kid alienated from quarrelling parents is forced to attend school run by the Christian Brothers; is beaten up by upper classmen; bullied by the Brothers; fosters deep strains of romantic idealism; becomes wholly alienated from school and family; is duly impressed by older brother’s... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You’re Kendrick Scott, a young jazz musician from the American South, with significant talent, attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. For your class projects, you’re offered the opportunity to learn in real time, which is the only true way to absorb the art of improvisation. A... Read More

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