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Umphrey’s McGee at Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Photo: Umphrey’s McGee will perform on June 28 at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Chris Monaghan Umphrey’s McGee is known for playing a diverse range of rock music. Their live sets, which sometimes run upwards of three hours, can run the gamut from expansive prog-ish rock – “Day Nurse” –  […]

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Spring cleaning

New sounds to freshen your collection By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Beck, Morning Phase Beck // Morning Phase // Capitol // Virgin EMI Beck’s first new album in six years is a deliberate step backward – to 2002’s Sea Change. A quiet, shimmering acoustic-rooted record, Morning Phase was performed by the same core group […]

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High water

Amos Lee performs at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Amos Lee performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati March 7 Amos Lee has seen his career take a welcome step forward with his two most recent albums, 2011’s Mission Bell and his fifth studio album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, which was […]

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The glow of last season

New albums for a fall spin By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott  Photo: Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star returns after a 17-year hiatus with Seasons of Your Day   The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting long. Seems like a perfect time to huddle up next to the playback device of your […]

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Gyspy bells and beach blues

New sounds for summer spinning By Alan Sculley   As we roll headlong into the dog days of summer,mild as they may be this year, era-defining playlists are being amassed left and right. Admit it: you’re making your Summer 2013 playlist as you read this. Well, let us suggest four more options that stand to […]

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I’m no angel

Gregg Allman at Fraze Pavilion By: Alan Sculley Photo: Southern rock legend Gregg Allman will perform at Fraze Pavilion on June 29 This year, Gregg Allman has been an active presence on the music scene. He took his solo band out for a winter tour and is now back on the road for a run of […]

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Back in the ‘Limelight’

Rush visits Riverbend in Cincinnati By: Alan Sculley Photo:[l tor] Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee of Rush will perform at Riverbend in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 2; photo credit: Andrew MacNaughtan When Rush toured in 2010 and 2011, the band billed it as the “Time Machine” tour. In addition to playing the band’s […]

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Don’t call it a comeback

LL Cool J headlines ‘Kings of the Mic’ tour at Riverbend By Alan Sculley Photo: LL Cool J returns with new album Authenticand will appear with the Kings of the Mic tour at Riverbend on June 27 It’s been five years since LL Cool J has released an album – an eternity in the hip-hop world, […]

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The forked road

UK band Foals visit Ohio with new album, Holy Fire By Alan Sculley Photo: Foals will visit Cincinnati and Columbus on May 14 and 15 in support of Holy Fire Edwin Congreave says the Foals’ recently released third album, Holy Fire was easily the least stressful and smoothest album the group has made. “This album, we […]

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Courage of the knife

Senses Fail visits Thomspon House By Alan Sculley photo: Senses Fail will perform at the Thompson House on May 1; photo credit: Jonathan Weiner Buddy Nielsen, frontman of Senses Fail, says he went into the group’s new album, Renacer, with the attitude that there was nothing to lose. That might seem like an unusual outlook considering […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]