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‘This is not a test’

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]