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Altering Dayton’s X-Fest

Alter Bridge comes to X-Fest at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds By Alan Sculley When Creed broke up in 2003, three of its members — guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips — formed the group Alter Bridge, wasting little time in moving forward after losing the band that had made three hit […]

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Digging a little deeper

My Morning Jacket performs at PNC Pavilion in support of Circuital By Alan Sculley My Morning Jacket has always had the same goal going into each of its six albums – don’t repeat what the band did on its previous CD. “You want every record to be a different experience for us and hopefully for […]

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Getting out alive

Steve Earle By L. Kent Wolgamott The last time Steve Earle hit the road he was playing songs from his Grammy winning Townes by himself, on an acoustic guitar. He’s got company this time as he hits the road for a tour behind his new CD, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. He […]

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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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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]