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Jonny Lang says his current album, Signs is an example of just letting an album be what it wanted to be musically. “I don’t know what will come next,” Lang said in a recent phone interview. “But yeah, this one was just the record that felt right in this season of my life.” Signs is […]

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Forward into the past

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The once-popular phrase may be “everything old is new again.” For Scott Bradlee, it might read everything new is old again. That essentially is what he does as the founder and lead arranger in Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, an ensemble created with the idea of taking modern pop hits and playing them in ragtime, vintage […]

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Two Amigos and The Rangers at Rose

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Steep Canyon Rangers back Steve Martin with Martin Short Steve Martin (center) along with the Rangers (L-R) Graham Sharp, Barrett Smith, Woody Platt, Mike Guggino, Nicky Sanders, and Mike Ashworth. Photo: Anna Webber By Alan Sculley The Steep Canyon Rangers had been a band for some nine years and had released five albums when they […]

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Still shining the light

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Oak Ridge Boys’ country harmonies at BMI Speedway The Boys: (L-R) Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban By Alan Sculley Over the past decade, few acts in music have been any more prolific than the Oak Ridge Boys. In addition to performing 150-plus shows each year, the vocal quartet has released […]

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Hell on Highway 75

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Justin Moore tour heats up Troy’s Hobart Arena White-hat outlaw Justin Moore kinda doesn’t care. By Alan Sculley Justin Moore was not one of those people who grew up dreaming about having a career in music, where he’d make albums and tour around the country. “I had no desire to do this for a living,” […]

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Better the devil you know

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Brantley Gilbert raises a little hell at Nutter Center Brantley Gilbert brings the country-fried devil to his fans. By Alan Sculley One thing country star Brantley Gilbert promises when he releases a new album is he’s not going to throw fans of his earlier albums for a loop. “I want to avoid the situation where […]

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To the stars and beyond

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Geek metal crew Starset is bringing their interstellar message to Bogart’s Starset’s Dustin Bates with his unidentified musical objects. Photo: Kevin Estrada By Alan Sculley Many rock musicians start bands hoping they’ll have enough success to never have to work a typical day job – or in some cases, avoid college and the studying it […]

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He saw the sign

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Jonny Lang live at Cincinnati’s Taft Jonny Lang performs at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre Jan. 14.   Photo by Daniella Hovsepian By Alan Sculley Jonny Lang says his new album, “Signs” is an example of just letting an album be what it wanted to be musically. “I don’t know what will come next,” Lang said in […]

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Lend me your earplugs

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2017’s albums worth avoiding Missio’s “Loner” By Alan Sculley It’s a misnomer to call this column the worst albums of 2017. As in any year, there were plenty of positively wretched releases, but they mostly were by obscure acts whose albums thankfully came and went without notice. There’s no need to pile on about albums […]

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Rock hard

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10 Years live at Oddbody’s 10 Year (l-r) Jesse Hasek, Kyle Mayer, Brian Vodinh, Chad Huff, Matt Wantland. Photo: Elizabeth Wiseman By Alan Sculley   Two years ago, Brian Vodinh thought he had made his final album with 10 Years, the group he founded in 1998 and had led through seven studio albums and such […]

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98 Degrees in December?

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98 Degrees’ comeback at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Photo: 98 Degrees (l-r) Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Justin Jeffre. Photo: Ellas Tahan By Alan Sculley   Don’t expect a bunch of lasers, explosions, or other high-tech special effects in the holiday shows of 98 Degrees this holiday season. That’s the word from singer Drew Lachey. “With […]

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Holiday classic rolls-in

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Mannheim Steamroller on stage at Schuster Performing Arts Center Photos: Matt Christine Photography. Mannheim Steamroller performs at the Schuster Center November 29 By Alan Sculley Fans of Mannheim Steamroller and its career-making series of Fresh Aire albums figure to have a pretty merry next few months. First off, the annual holiday tour that finds two different Mannheim […]

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Not wasting any time

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Justin Townes Earle highlights new album at Memorial Hall Photo: Justin Townes Earle performs at Memorial Hall this Friday By Alan Sculley It’s no secret that as he grew up, Justin Townes Earle did not have an ideal relationship with his father alt-country/roots music artist Steve Earle. But there are benefits to being the son […]

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Good vibrations

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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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