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The 411 on 311 and Offspring

Two of the ’90s most notable live rock bands, 311 and The Offspring, are teaming up to bring their Never-Ending Summer Tour to the Rose Music Center on Sept. 4. As an added bonus, they’re bringing along special guests Gym Class Heroes.

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Gratitude is the attitude

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Fans who get tickets to see JJ Grey & Mofro August 10 at Rose Music Center at the Heights are likely to see a version of the band that’s a bit less unpredictable with their show than in years past. Where earlier outings generally found Grey mixing up the set list from show to show, […]

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Just a Rock and Roll Band

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When Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down were booked to co-headline a tour this summer, it brought together two bands that Collective Soul singer/guitarist Ed Roland feels have plenty in common—including an elusive quality that gets to the core of the music the two bands make. “You know, they’re Southern boys, like us. We have […]

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Living the dream

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Brandon Lancaster is living the dream—literally. The frontman of LANCO has seen the hit single, “Greatest Love Story,” top the country charts. But having the hit single isn’t the dream he’s talking about. It’s what he sees on stage night to night, as an outgrowth of the single’s success, that has Lancaster smiling.

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The 22-year strong original lineup

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O.A.R. has reached its 22nd year as a band doing something many acts that manage to last two decades don’t achieve. This group from Rockville, Maryland, has reached this milestone without a single change in its band lineup. “What some people might not know is that a few of us had actually been playing together […]

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Playin’ with my friends

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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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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]