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JAZZKenny Garrett, “Do Your Dance” (Mack Avenue). When this record is good, it’s sensational. That’s how great an alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett so often is. When it’s pandering a bit to hip-hop ears (like Garrett’s son’s) – which it is on a couple of cuts – it’s still not too bad. This is Garrett’s... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

LEWISTON – When the eagles started soaring overhead, you knew you were witnessing something special. It was as if they too wanted to indulge in Ray LaMontagne’s gorgeous wash of emotional sound. I couldn’t blame them. Ray LaMontagne and his band – My Morning Jacket, minus singer/guitarist Jim James – played a... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Prince, March 25, 2016, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto. I didn’t go. Why? Too much going on, and I thought, “I’ll catch him next time he comes through town.” We now know there will be no next time. Not to be grim, but Bob Dylan... Read More

By Stephen T. Watson » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Five years after moving the Thursday at the Square concert series to Canalside, Buffalo Place is hoping to start a new summertime tradition of hanging out after work, drinking adult beverages, sampling snacks and listening to live music in the heart of... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ever since Canalside operators started offering VIP accommodations to its annual summer concert series, many less important people have wondered why anyone would pay more than $50 for the same show the rest of Buffalo is getting for free. And this is... Read More

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By Michael Farrell » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summertime is the season of music festivals. And for those that want to blow off work pre-Independence Day, toss some 30 racks in the Silverado and pitch a tent in the name of new country, then this weekend may have been marked on your Luke Bryan novelty... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers was asked to deliver the commencement address to the Amherst High School Class of 2016. This is what he said. I’m not entirely sure why I’m here. I guess the other 48-year-old hippie guitar player rock critics who... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

“Ouroboros,” the sixth release from New England-based singer, songwriter and auteur Ray LaMontagne, resurrects the album-length format while simultaneously pointing a way forward for all those concerned with music that seeks to transcend the fickle... Read More

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... Read More

Sunday, June 26, 2016

JAZZCharlie Parker, “Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes” (Verve/UM, two discs) Say WHAT? Hold the phone. Are they telling us hereby that there were “58 previously unknown never-listed studio takes of Charlie Parker, providing heretofore unheard improvisations?” So they are. All right, let’s admit it’s a two-disc... Read More

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