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Causing an uproar

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Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati In 2012, Godsmack put out a concert album called Live And Inspired.  If the music lived up to the title, Live And Inspired did not describe the state of the band. By year’s end, Godsmack […]

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Similar skin

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Umphrey’s McGee at Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Photo: Umphrey’s McGee will perform on June 28 at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Chris Monaghan Umphrey’s McGee is known for playing a diverse range of rock music. Their live sets, which sometimes run upwards of three hours, can run the gamut from expansive prog-ish rock – “Day Nurse” –  […]

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Spring cleaning

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New sounds to freshen your collection By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Beck, Morning Phase Beck // Morning Phase // Capitol // Virgin EMI Beck’s first new album in six years is a deliberate step backward – to 2002’s Sea Change. A quiet, shimmering acoustic-rooted record, Morning Phase was performed by the same core group […]

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High water

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Amos Lee performs at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Amos Lee performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati March 7 Amos Lee has seen his career take a welcome step forward with his two most recent albums, 2011’s Mission Bell and his fifth studio album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, which was […]

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The glow of last season

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New albums for a fall spin By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott  Photo: Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star returns after a 17-year hiatus with Seasons of Your Day   The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting long. Seems like a perfect time to huddle up next to the playback device of your […]

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Gyspy bells and beach blues

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New sounds for summer spinning By Alan Sculley   As we roll headlong into the dog days of summer,mild as they may be this year, era-defining playlists are being amassed left and right. Admit it: you’re making your Summer 2013 playlist as you read this. Well, let us suggest four more options that stand to […]

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I’m no angel

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Gregg Allman at Fraze Pavilion By: Alan Sculley Photo: Southern rock legend Gregg Allman will perform at Fraze Pavilion on June 29 This year, Gregg Allman has been an active presence on the music scene. He took his solo band out for a winter tour and is now back on the road for a run of […]

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Back in the ‘Limelight’

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Rush visits Riverbend in Cincinnati By: Alan Sculley Photo:[l tor] Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee of Rush will perform at Riverbend in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 2; photo credit: Andrew MacNaughtan When Rush toured in 2010 and 2011, the band billed it as the “Time Machine” tour. In addition to playing the band’s […]

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Don’t call it a comeback

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LL Cool J headlines ‘Kings of the Mic’ tour at Riverbend By Alan Sculley Photo: LL Cool J returns with new album Authenticand will appear with the Kings of the Mic tour at Riverbend on June 27 It’s been five years since LL Cool J has released an album – an eternity in the hip-hop world, […]

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The forked road

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UK band Foals visit Ohio with new album, Holy Fire By Alan Sculley Photo: Foals will visit Cincinnati and Columbus on May 14 and 15 in support of Holy Fire Edwin Congreave says the Foals’ recently released third album, Holy Fire was easily the least stressful and smoothest album the group has made. “This album, we […]

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Courage of the knife

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Senses Fail visits Thomspon House By Alan Sculley photo: Senses Fail will perform at the Thompson House on May 1; photo credit: Jonathan Weiner Buddy Nielsen, frontman of Senses Fail, says he went into the group’s new album, Renacer, with the attitude that there was nothing to lose. That might seem like an unusual outlook considering […]

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Giants among us

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They Might Be Giants return with Nanobots By Alan Sculley Photo: [l to r] John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants; photo credit: Dominic Neitz When Nanobots arrives on March 5, it will be the 16th album the duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell has released as They Might Be Giants over […]

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Devils look like angels

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band visits Cincinnati By Alan Sculley In years past, Josh Peyton and the studio have never been best buddies. Sure, the man who leads the rootsy rock trio the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band had made albums – five full-lengths and two EPs, in fact. But the studio never felt […]

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I gotsta get paid

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ZZ Top return with new album, La Futura By Alan Sculley It would appear that one word Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has learned when it comes to work on the long-awaited new CD, La Futura, by the band is patience. The project has been under way for several years now, and plenty of fans […]

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Same ol’ situation?

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Motley Crue visits Riverbend in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley The last time Motley Crue toured with Kiss, the situation couldn’t have been much different than it is this summer as these two popular bands hit the road together for one of the year’s biggest tours. It was 1982, and Motley Crue was just getting started […]

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Dukes of September at Fraze

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Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald team up By Alan Sculley Having come together in 2010 for a first edition of the Dukes Of September Rhythm Revue tour, Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs reached a pleasing conclusion about the venture. The concept of the tour – three established singers […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]