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A girl, a bottle, a boat, a Train

Audible-Pop

Train takes ‘Play That Song’ tour to Cincinnati photo: Train frontman Pat Monahan strives for the band to keep producing radio hits By Alan Sculley Pat Monahan knows pop music remains a young person’s game. As the frontman of Train for 20 years-plus, he faces that reality with every new album as he lobbies pop […]

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‘Sex’ and ‘Chocolate’

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The 1975 find their voice, lose their ego at Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival Photo: The 1975’s (l-r in mirror) Adam Hann, Ross McDonald, Matty Healy, and George Daniel; photo: Danny North-Samuel Burgess Johnson By Alan Sculley The 1975’s second album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, marked […]

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Soul summer’s night

Soul

Maxwell bumps up the groove at Fraze Pavilion Photo: Maxwell brings blackSUMMERS’night to Fraze Pavilion May 30; photo: Eric Johnson By Alan Sculley blackSUMMERS’night, the second album in a trilogy by soul artist Maxwell has arrived a mere seven years after the first album in the series, BLACKsummers’night. That’s about par for the course for […]

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‘Voices of angels’

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Celtic Woman treads new, classic territory at the Schuster By Alan Sculley Photo: Celtic Woman’s (l-r) Tara McNeill, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon perform Friday, April 21 at the Schuster; photo: Naomi Gaffey   Being a singer in Celtic Woman had been a long-held dream for Éabha McMahon. Now, after more than a […]

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The Journey continues…

Rock

Journey revives classic rock at the Nutter Center By Alan Sculley Photo: Journey’s (l-r) Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, and Steve Smith dust off the hits at the Nutter Center April 4; photo: Travis Shinn   Journey is back on the road this winter, with Steve Smith returning on drums and with […]

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‘This is not a test’

Pop

TobyMac’s experimented sound at the Nutter Center By Alan Sculley Photo: TobyMac performs at the Nutter Center March 10; photo: True Artist Management     TobyMac says one thought he had as he went in to make his latest studio album, This Is Not A Test, was to create “soul” music. That doesn’t mean the […]

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In the light

The Lumineers

The Lumineers travel on to Cinci and Columbus By Alan Sculley Photo: (l-r) Jeremiah Fraites, Wesley Schultz, and Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers travel to Ohio When cellist/bassist Neyla Pekarek answered an ad in 2010 to join a Denver-based band led by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, she was merely looking for a gig to […]

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Pineapple pizza and then some

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The best overlooked albums of 2016 By Alan Sculley Photo: Death by Unga Bunga’s fourth album, Pinapple Pizza, is a power house of power pop Considering the depth of quality albums released in 2016, it’s no surprise that the year produced a healthy number of releases that went unheard and under-appreciated by the vast majority […]

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On the righteous side of hell

metal

Five Finger Death Punch packs U.S. Bank Arena By Alan Sculley Photo: (l-r) James Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael, Zoltan Bathory, and Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch may have surprised some fans with how quickly the band returned with its latest album, Got Your Six, which was released last […]

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‘Love and Memories’

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Twenty-year-standing O.A.R. turns the car to Fraze By Alan Sculley photo: (l-r) Benj Gershman, Richard On, Jerry DePizzo, Marc Roberge, and Chris Culos of O.A.R. hit the Fraze stage Sept. 2 O.A.R. reached its 20th anniversary as a band doing something many acts that manage to last two decades don’t achieve. This band from Rockville, Maryland, […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/6

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New Picasso? A woman came home from work one sunny afternoon to find her house awry. She frantically observed a […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/30

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By Michelle Strauss Means of transportation When a woman arrived home from work she noticed something rather peculiar: a man […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]