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By Jeff Miers » Thursday, September 29, 2016

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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sept. 10 marked a big day for Shawn Mendes, an 18-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter who is growing rapidly in the music industry. He performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City to a sold-out crowd of all ages. The intention of the show was to provide a taste of what would be featured on his upcoming... Read More

By Garaud MacTaggart » Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s inaugural Pops concert of the season was a pretty solid success. There was nary an unfilled seat in the house and the parking lots – and many of the side streets – were filled with cars. Program music drawn from popular soundtrack scores by John Williams was a safe hit with the... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, September 17, 2016

Buffalo has it going on. Just look at how the planets have lined up.The Buffalo Bills played their first home game on Thursday. Curtain Up!, the start of the theater season, was Friday. And on Saturday, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kicked off its 2016-17 season. It is rare and significant to have these three... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, September 12, 2016

I admit it. I didn’t think Axl Rose had it in him. And I was initially horrified by the idea of “Axl/DC,” the marriage of one of the few remaining hard rock ‘n’ roll bands and sometime Guns ‘n’ Roses singer Axl Rose. It struck me as a pairing born of desperation, what with erstwhile singer Brian Johnson being... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, September 1, 2016

There’s a time and a place for gentle, folk-based protest songs meant to appeal to the better natures of the oppressors. Wednesday evening at the Rapids Theater was neither that time nor that place. Prophets of Rage does not want you to join hands around the campfire and sing “We Shall Overcome.”  Prophets of... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Sunday, August 28, 2016

We were all on Kanye time, apparently. Kanye West seems incapable of doing any wrong with his devout fan base. On Saturday at First Niagara Center on the second stop of  his freshly launched “Saint Pablo” tour, he kept his fans locked outside the building for an hour past the 8 p.m. start time printed on their... Read More

By Matt Chandler » Friday, August 26, 2016

The country music scene is thriving in Western New York and never is that more apparent than when Florida Georgia Line comes to town. The duo played a sold-out show Friday at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the latest stop on their “Dig Your Roots” tour. Fans of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley came early and... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Thursday, August 25, 2016

It was epic. The rain, the social media drama, the confusion over who and what exactly this was – none of it mattered in the end. The Claypool Lennon Delirium – that’s Les Claypool of Primus and Sean Lennon of John and Yoko – delivered an immensely satisfying show Thursday at Canalside, capping the venue’s... Read More

By Tim O'Shei is a features reporter for The Buffalo News. He's been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering pop culture, business, sports, politics and more. He's also the author of more than 60 books for children. Tim O'Shei » Thursday, August 25, 2016

DARIEN CENTER — I’ve spent most of my summer writing about the free-speech circus that’s swirling around politics: Communist anarchists who really just seem to want strong unions. Feeling-burnt Bernie Sanders supporters who are green with love for Jill Stein. Trump voters who’ve never felt empowered until a... Read More

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