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Sounds on ‘I Am Very Far’ have come a long way

Okkervil River frontman discusses most recent ‘play’ of art By Alan Sculley One gets the feeling that when Will Sheff walks through a museum he doesn’t look at a painting as a “work” of art. “I’ve always felt like art should be like play,” Sheff said in a recent interview. “I remember dating this girl […]

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The next right thing

Seth Glier brings his unique sound to Canal Street Tavern By Alan Sculley On many days when singer/keyboardist Seth Glier is on tour, he and guitarist Ryan Hommel will go to a veterans’ hospital, children’s hospital or some other health facility to play for patients. “Mostly we’ll go for an hour or an hour and […]

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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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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]