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A girl, a bottle, a boat, a Train


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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‘Sex’ and ‘Chocolate’


The 1975 find their voice, lose their ego at Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival Photo: The 1975’s (l-r in mirror) Adam Hann, Ross McDonald, Matty Healy, and George Daniel; photo: Danny North-Samuel Burgess Johnson By Alan Sculley The 1975’s second album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, marked […]

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Soul summer’s night


Maxwell bumps up the groove at Fraze Pavilion Photo: Maxwell brings blackSUMMERS’night to Fraze Pavilion May 30; photo: Eric Johnson By Alan Sculley blackSUMMERS’night, the second album in a trilogy by soul artist Maxwell has arrived a mere seven years after the first album in the series, BLACKsummers’night. That’s about par for the course for […]

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‘Voices of angels’


Celtic Woman treads new, classic territory at the Schuster By Alan Sculley Photo: Celtic Woman’s (l-r) Tara McNeill, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon perform Friday, April 21 at the Schuster; photo: Naomi Gaffey   Being a singer in Celtic Woman had been a long-held dream for Éabha McMahon. Now, after more than a […]

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The Journey continues…


Journey revives classic rock at the Nutter Center By Alan Sculley Photo: Journey’s (l-r) Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, and Steve Smith dust off the hits at the Nutter Center April 4; photo: Travis Shinn   Journey is back on the road this winter, with Steve Smith returning on drums and with […]

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‘This is not a test’


TobyMac’s experimented sound at the Nutter Center By Alan Sculley Photo: TobyMac performs at the Nutter Center March 10; photo: True Artist Management     TobyMac says one thought he had as he went in to make his latest studio album, This Is Not A Test, was to create “soul” music. That doesn’t mean the […]

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In the light

The Lumineers

The Lumineers travel on to Cinci and Columbus By Alan Sculley Photo: (l-r) Jeremiah Fraites, Wesley Schultz, and Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers travel to Ohio When cellist/bassist Neyla Pekarek answered an ad in 2010 to join a Denver-based band led by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, she was merely looking for a gig to […]

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Pineapple pizza and then some


The best overlooked albums of 2016 By Alan Sculley Photo: Death by Unga Bunga’s fourth album, Pinapple Pizza, is a power house of power pop Considering the depth of quality albums released in 2016, it’s no surprise that the year produced a healthy number of releases that went unheard and under-appreciated by the vast majority […]

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On the righteous side of hell


Five Finger Death Punch packs U.S. Bank Arena By Alan Sculley Photo: (l-r) James Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael, Zoltan Bathory, and Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch may have surprised some fans with how quickly the band returned with its latest album, Got Your Six, which was released last […]

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‘Love and Memories’


Twenty-year-standing O.A.R. turns the car to Fraze By Alan Sculley photo: (l-r) Benj Gershman, Richard On, Jerry DePizzo, Marc Roberge, and Chris Culos of O.A.R. hit the Fraze stage Sept. 2 O.A.R. reached its 20th anniversary as a band doing something many acts that manage to last two decades don’t achieve. This band from Rockville, Maryland, […]

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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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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]