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Blessing the martyr anew

The Chariot cleans out the Attic By Alan Sculley Vocalist Josh Scogin caught a lot of hardcore music fans by surprise when he left the band Norma Jean after that band’s first CD, Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child. In a recent interview, Scogin said he has never felt like there was a backlash […]

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I’m with the Crüe

Worth the Trip: Mötley Crüe invades Cincinnati By Alan Sculley The guys in Mötley Crüe admit that for a long time, doing a tour with a band like Poison would have been unthinkable. But that’s what’s happening this summer as Mötley Crüe heads up a triple bill that also includes Poison and opening act, the […]

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Pull over for directions

Worth the Trip: Maps & Atlases in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Maps & Atlases is often described as an experimental folk/pop band, and a group whose adventurous approach to sonics would suggest the band members are no strangers to effects, processors or other high-tech studio magic. It turns out this is one time when their […]

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Give me iron, give me wine

Worth the trip: Iron & Wine come to Cincinnati’s Madison Theatre By Alan Sculley It’s ironic to think that one of the largest bands on the road this spring will be Iron & Wine. It’s the group that began a decade ago as Sam Beam, making stripped back, nearly solo, acoustic albums. Beam is still […]

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Holiday Cheer

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Returns To Nutter Center By Alan Sculley The Tran-Siberian Orchestra of today is a marvel of success and a one-of-a-kind entity on the music scene. The combination progressive rock band and orchestra routinely sells more than a million copies of each of its CDs – despite existing in a time when downloading has […]

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Third Day Content With Musical Direction

Embracing The Moment By Alan Sculley It’s no secret that Third Day has long harbored ambitions of breaking beyond the Christian music scene and into the mainstream rock market. That sort of crossover has happened from time to time since the group came on the national scene in 1997, but never on the kind of […]

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Dukes Of September

Fagen, McDonald And Scaggs, Join Forces At Riverbend By Alan Sculley Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs all have no problem finding demand for doing their own tours, and they certainly enjoy performing songs from their catalogs. But as rewarding as it might be for Fagen, for instance, to tour in […]

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Maroon 5 Comes To The Fraze

Riding High Maroon 5 Brings Hits And New Music To Fraze By Alan Sculley No one would suggest that Maroon 5 hasn’t had a good run since releasing its debut CD, Songs About Jane, in 2002. But one thing that, in at least one important way, hasn’t been easy for the band has been its […]

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Rock

Jack Johnson/To The Sea______ On his fifth album, Jack decided it was time to rock – at least a little bit. In other words, Johnson, who has always been known as an acoustic performer, gives his legion of fans some new wrinkles on To The Sea by plugging in with his band and doing more […]

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Contemplating Transition

Jonas Brothers Assess Next Step In Their Career By Allen Sculley Nick Jonas has a simple piece of advice to young artists like Justin Bieber that are trying to follow in the footsteps of his group, the Jonas Brothers, and make it big in the music business. “I think the important part of everyone’s journey […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]