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The hard and soft of rock

Guitarist Zakk Wylde goes heavy with Generation Axe tour at Taft By Alan Sculley The 20-year gap between Zakk Wylde’s two solo albums, Book of Shadows and the newly released Book of Shadows II has to hold some kind of record for longest time between a first album and its sequel. Wylde himself knows he […]

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All she wants to do is dance

Fresh releases for the fresh spring air By Alan Sculley Neil Young & the BlueNotes // Bluenote Café  // Warner Bros. Of the many musical side trips Young has taken during his career, one of the most successful was forming his horn-driven big band, the Bluenotes, for a 1988 album, Ten Men Working, and subsequent […]

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Songs made of human clay

Scott Stapp takes you higher at BMI By Alan Sculley As Scott Stapp begins a winter tour in support of his latest solo album, Proof of Life, he sounds ready to be on point and deliver strong performances. “It really feels good to have direction, and I’ve made quite a few tremendous lifestyle changes over […]

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What you missed

Best overlooked albums of 2015 By Alan Sculley Photo: JD McPherson, Let The Good Times Roll (2015) As I scan my list of the best albums of 2015 that didn’t get nearly the attention they deserved, I realize I like this group of albums better than the albums that made my top 10 CDs of […]

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Can’t stand losing you

New doc on The Police tells Andy Summers’s version By Alan Sculley Photo: Andy Summers and Sting warm up in their dressing room; photo: Watal Asanuma The title of the new documentary on The Police by the band’s guitarist, Andy Summers, captures his perspective perfectly. The film is called “Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The […]

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From stage to streets

Old favorites, new albums By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The Goddamn Gallows will perform Sept. 24 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Michael Sinapi Wilco // Star Wars // dBpm Wilco has gotten into the surprise album release game, dropping, without previous announcement, the 11-song, 34-minute Star Wars. Opening with the 78-second Sonic Youth-like […]

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New album, new outlook

Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Papa Roach will perform with Five Finger Death Punch on Sept. 5 at U.S. Bank Arena This year marks the 15th anniversary for Papa Roach as a recording act. Looking back, vocalist Jacoby Shaddix can say, at the least, it’s been quite an […]

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The gambler

Country star Jason Aldean takes risks with new album By Alan Sculley Photo: Jason Aldean will perform at Riverbend Music Center on Aug. 23; photo: Jim Wright “Burnin’ It Down,” the first single off of Jason Aldean’s current album, Old Boots, New Dirt, has become one of the biggest hits of the country superstar’s career. […]

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To a city near you!

Legendary Warped Tour stops in Cinci By Alan Sculley Photo: Kevin Lyman, Warped Tour founder and organizer This year’s Warped Tour lineup is decidedly rock centric, with a lineup leaning metalcore, hardcore and indie rock. For a festival tour that started out in the mid-’90s for punk and ska, it’s quite a shift. But Warped […]

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More than a feeling

Mega-stars Boston come to Fraze By Alan Sculley Photo: Boston founder Tom Scholz will perform with Boston at Fraze Pavilion on July 2; photo: Kamal Asar Boston’s Tom Scholz is famous for being one of the most meticulous artists in the studio in all of rock. As the man who writes Boston’s songs and records […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]