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Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Papa Roach will perform with Five Finger Death Punch on Sept. 5 at U.S. Bank Arena This year marks the 15th anniversary for Papa Roach as a recording act. Looking back, vocalist Jacoby Shaddix can say, at the least, it’s been quite an […]

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The gambler

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Country star Jason Aldean takes risks with new album By Alan Sculley Photo: Jason Aldean will perform at Riverbend Music Center on Aug. 23; photo: Jim Wright “Burnin’ It Down,” the first single off of Jason Aldean’s current album, Old Boots, New Dirt, has become one of the biggest hits of the country superstar’s career. […]

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To a city near you!

I am doing a portrait series of individuals within the music industry, whether they are a musician in a band, a roadie, an industry person, a fan, or the merch guy, I want to take their picture! Along with each portrait, the individuals have answered a few questions. My goal is to do a gallery show and/or book of the portraits with the person's handwritten answers to the questions next to the photos. So if you like what you see, spread the word so I can get more shots done!

Legendary Warped Tour stops in Cinci By Alan Sculley Photo: Kevin Lyman, Warped Tour founder and organizer This year’s Warped Tour lineup is decidedly rock centric, with a lineup leaning metalcore, hardcore and indie rock. For a festival tour that started out in the mid-’90s for punk and ska, it’s quite a shift. But Warped […]

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More than a feeling

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Mega-stars Boston come to Fraze By Alan Sculley Photo: Boston founder Tom Scholz will perform with Boston at Fraze Pavilion on July 2; photo: Kamal Asar Boston’s Tom Scholz is famous for being one of the most meticulous artists in the studio in all of rock. As the man who writes Boston’s songs and records […]

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Blasts from the recent past

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Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind hit Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional will perform on May 31 at PNC Pavilion; photo: David Bean Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba knows that his band’s summer co-headlined tour with Third Eye Blind might seem like an unlikely pairing to some. After all, the […]

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Transmission. Alpha. Delta.

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Punkers Strung Out in Newport By Alan Sculley Photo: Strung Out will perform on April 25 at Thompson House in Newport, Kentucky Jason Cruz of the punk band Strung Out is nothing if not driven. When he formed the original lineup of Strung Out with guitarist Rob Ramos in 1989 in Simi Valley, California, Cruz […]

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Time for spring cleaning

New releases for open windows By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott   Courtney Barnett//Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit // Mom + Pop Music   Courtney Barnett sings about seeing Jesus in the watermarks on a ceiling, buying organic vegetables and staring at a lawn that needs to be mowed […]

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From parts unknown

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Hardcore heavies Every Time I Die play Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Every Time I Die will perform on April 17 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati; photo: Justin Reich Vocalist Keith Buckley has nothing but good things to say about how From Parts Unknown, the latest album by his band, Every Time I Die, turned out. […]

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Galactic funk machine

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R&B-funk-jam band is worth the trip By Alan Sculley Photo: Galactic will perform with Erica Falls on March 24 at 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati; photo: Zack Smith Galactic is putting the finishing touches on its next album, and if you’re a fan of the group’s early albums, you’re going to like what you hear. […]

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What’s in your stash?

  New releases to cure the winter doldrums By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Sleater-Kinney // No Cities to Love // Sub Pop     Ten years after going on hiatus, Sleater-Kinney has delivered one of its best records ever with No Cities to Love. With the oddly-tuned dual guitars of singer/guitarists Corin Tucker […]

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Rock is Dead

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]