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Mike Love still loving Photo: The Beach Boys currently (l-r) John Cowsill, Brian Eichenberger, Scott Totten, Mike Love, Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, Bruce Johnson. Photo: Udo Spreitzenbarth By Alan Sculley Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love has released an autobiography that covers the long and, at times, tumultuous history of the group, not to mention more than […]

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Live with ZZ Top

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ZZ Top brings their live album to Rose Music Center Frank Beard (left), Billy Gibbons (middle), and Dusty Hill (right); photo: Ross Halfin By Alan Sculley This September, ZZ Top fans will get the chance to enjoy something the group as rarely done in a career that now stretches more than 40 years – a […]

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Reaching rock ‘n’ roll divinity

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Cold War Kids on fame, fans, and the desire for something more Photo: Cold War Kids, led by Nathan Willett By Alan Sculley Cold War Kids singer/guitarist Nathan Willett feels his group has occupied a rather rare and enviable niche in the music world so far during its career. The group is widely considered an indie […]

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I and Love and You (and Avett Brothers)

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Avett Brothers to play at Great American Ballpark Photo: from left to right: Joe Kwon, Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, Seth Avett By Alan Sculley The Avett Brothers have been on quite a musical journey of evolving their sound over the past decade, going from a trio playing acoustic guitar, banjo, and stand-up bass to what […]

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Back to blues

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Two rhythms and blues: Joe Bonamassa’s new album with a twist Photo: Bonamassa rockin’ it on stage; photo: courtesy of Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Blues-rocker Joe Bonamassa has made a habit of having a specific  musical direction in place before recording many of his solo albums. For his current studio album, Blues of Desperation, […]

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Something Warped this way comes

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Warped tour continues twisting to Cincinnati Photo: Attila plays at Riverbend Music Center July 19, part of this year’s Warped tour lineup By Alan Sculley It was early afternoon during the opening week of this year’s Warped tour when tour founder and organizer Kevin Lyman called in for an interview to discuss all things Warped. […]

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‘The impossible kid’

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Aesop Rock raps his life fables in Cincinnati Photo: Ian Bavitz, who performs under the moniker Aesop Rock, takes on Cincy July 16; photo: Ben Colen By Alan Sculley As Aesop Rock tours behind his latest album, The Impossible Kid, he realizes, as a rapper who is now 40 years old, he doesn’t have much company […]

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Not forgettin’ or forgotten

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Michael McDonald croons his way to Fraze Michael McDonald performs at Fraze Pavilion July 12; photo: Timothy White By Alan Sculley As Michael McDonald gets set to tour this summer and release Wide Open, his first album of new original material in 17 years in September, he is getting a boost of exposure through what […]

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Gravity-defying ’grass

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The Infamous Stringdusters travel on to Cincy Infamous Stringdusters’ (l-r) Travis Book, Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, and Jeremy Garrett; photo: Scott McCormick By Alan Sculley Coming off of a 2016 album, Ladies & Gentlemen, that was a bit of a musical detour, The Infamous Stringdusters knew it was time to re-establish what the […]

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A girl, a bottle, a boat, a Train

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]