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Southern comfort

Brantley Gilbert in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Brantley Gilbert will perform at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on Oct. 9; photo: James Minchin III With a string of chart-topping country hits and a pair of hit albums under his belt, Brantley Gilbert has become a bona fide headliner in the genre. Stepping up to headlining […]

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The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside from ZZ Top, probably no other music artist could cause more of a commotion by shaving a beard than Matisyahu. While ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill have not taken a razor to their […]

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Wanted souls, hypnotic eyes and reigning sounds

Your fall album mash-up By L. Kent Wolgamott and Alan Sculley Photo: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers // Hypnotic Eye // Warner Bros.   Spoon has been off the radar for three years or so, the product of the first real break the group has taken from the recording/tour treadmill. They return on They Want My […]

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A force to be reckoned with

Tokyo Police Club in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: [l-r] Graham Wright, Dave Monks, Josh Hook and Greg Alsop of Tokyo Police Club; photo: Andrew Strapp During the early stages of writing for their new album, Forcefield, the four members of Tokyo Police Club struggled to come up with songs they felt were worthy of […]

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The Big Easy in the Queen City

Trombone Shorty takes on the Ohio River Throwdown By Alan Sculley Photo: Trombone Shorty and New Orleans Avenue will perform on Sept. 6 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati; photo: Jonathan Mannion There’s no telling how Trombone Shorty’s latest album, Say That to Say This, will be remembered in the future. The CD was released in […]

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Worth the trip to Blue Ash

Toto at Summit Park By Alan Sculley Photo: Steve Lukather, Toto guitarist/singer; photo: Darek Kawka In 2008, Steve Lukather figured he had played his last show in Toto. Despite a variety of personnel changes (including four lead singers), the death in 1992 of drummer and founding member Jeff Porcaro and the frequent absence of founding […]

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Let’s do it

Blues legend Buddy Guy at Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Photo: Buddy Guy will perform at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 15; photo: Steven C. Pesant Buddy Guy’s latest release, Rhythm & Blues, is a rarity in an era where EPs and singles are becoming popular formats to release new music. It’s a double album, 22 all-new […]

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Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati In 2012, Godsmack put out a concert album called Live And Inspired.  If the music lived up to the title, Live And Inspired did not describe the state of the band. By year’s end, Godsmack […]

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Similar skin

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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The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Heavy meddle Is it okay to keep your income a secret from someone you’re dating? I recently […]