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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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Old favorites and instant classics

Four new releases for sweater season By L. Kent Wolgamott and Alan Sculley Gary Clark Jr. // Live // Warner Bros. For several years now, Clark has been touted as the next great blues rocker – perhaps the one who will do what Stevie Ray Vaughan did before his untimely death and bring the blues […]

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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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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]