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Rock is Dead

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra is worth the trip By Alan Sculley Photo: Dark Star Orchestra will perform on Feb. 14 at the Madison Theater in Covington, Ky.;photo: Suzy Perler Few bands in rock history have had a more loyal and devoted audience than the Grateful Dead. The “Deadheads,” as they are famously […]

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To obscurity and beyond

The best overlooked albums of 2014 By Alan Sculley Photo: Old Monk’s, Posing As Love claims No. 1 on The Best Overlooked Albums of 2014 With literally thousands of albums getting released each year (let’s thank computer music programs, affordable home recording equipment and Internet marketing for enabling just about anyone who wants to make […]

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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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The Docket: 09/01

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee  Frenemies A man hailed a police cruiser and said he had just […]

Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]