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Blasts from the recent past

Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind hit Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional will perform on May 31 at PNC Pavilion; photo: David Bean Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba knows that his band’s summer co-headlined tour with Third Eye Blind might seem like an unlikely pairing to some. After all, the […]

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Transmission. Alpha. Delta.

Punkers Strung Out in Newport By Alan Sculley Photo: Strung Out will perform on April 25 at Thompson House in Newport, Kentucky Jason Cruz of the punk band Strung Out is nothing if not driven. When he formed the original lineup of Strung Out with guitarist Rob Ramos in 1989 in Simi Valley, California, Cruz […]

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Time for spring cleaning

New releases for open windows By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott   Courtney Barnett//Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit // Mom + Pop Music   Courtney Barnett sings about seeing Jesus in the watermarks on a ceiling, buying organic vegetables and staring at a lawn that needs to be mowed […]

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From parts unknown

Hardcore heavies Every Time I Die play Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Every Time I Die will perform on April 17 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati; photo: Justin Reich Vocalist Keith Buckley has nothing but good things to say about how From Parts Unknown, the latest album by his band, Every Time I Die, turned out. […]

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Galactic funk machine

R&B-funk-jam band is worth the trip By Alan Sculley Photo: Galactic will perform with Erica Falls on March 24 at 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati; photo: Zack Smith Galactic is putting the finishing touches on its next album, and if you’re a fan of the group’s early albums, you’re going to like what you hear. […]

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What’s in your stash?

  New releases to cure the winter doldrums By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Sleater-Kinney // No Cities to Love // Sub Pop     Ten years after going on hiatus, Sleater-Kinney has delivered one of its best records ever with No Cities to Love. With the oddly-tuned dual guitars of singer/guitarists Corin Tucker […]

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Rock is Dead

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra is worth the trip By Alan Sculley Photo: Dark Star Orchestra will perform on Feb. 14 at the Madison Theater in Covington, Ky.;photo: Suzy Perler Few bands in rock history have had a more loyal and devoted audience than the Grateful Dead. The “Deadheads,” as they are famously […]

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To obscurity and beyond

The best overlooked albums of 2014 By Alan Sculley Photo: Old Monk’s, Posing As Love claims No. 1 on The Best Overlooked Albums of 2014 With literally thousands of albums getting released each year (let’s thank computer music programs, affordable home recording equipment and Internet marketing for enabling just about anyone who wants to make […]

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Stuff your stocking

Holiday hits and misses By Alan Sculley   Many years, when December arrives, it’s time to brace for the onslaught of Christmas albums, fearing the selection will be filled with the usual by-the-numbers versions of holiday standards that add nothing to the hundreds of holiday albums that have come before them. This year we get […]

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Under the right influences

Straight No Chaser hits the road By Alan Sculley Photo: Straight No Chaser will perform Nov. 7 at the Schuster Center; photo: Andrew Zaeh As the title of the latest Straight No Chaser album Under the Influence suggests, its songs are meant to give listeners a window into some of the artists who inspired the […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]