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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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Therapeutic Jazz

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Dave Koz delivers his elixir at Fraze By Alan Sculley Perhaps more than ever, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz sees his concerts – and the entertainment they provide – as playing a vital role in the larger lives of his audience. Like most people in the music industry, he has watched the concert industry struggle recently […]

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Fraze Gets Nekked

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Barenaked Ladies Deliver Hits and More Outdoors By Alan Sculley In putting together “Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before!” – the new compilation of unreleased and rare tracks — the four members of the Barenaked Ladies got the chance to take a trip back to their early years as a band. That’s what […]

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Thank Me Later

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Drake Brings “Club Paradise” tour to Riverbend Music Center By Alan Sculley Drake begins his “Club Paradise” tour knowing that headlining what looks to be the summer’s biggest R&B/hip-hop tour means that this is more than doing a show for his fans. It’s a responsibility. “I hope that they’ll look at the production, look at […]

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Young The Giant

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Straddling the Line Between Alternative and Mainstream By Alan Sculley As Young The Giant starts a headlining tour this winter, singer Sameer Ghadia knows the band has come a long way since the release of its self-titled CD in January 2011. “Last year at this time we had a headlining run (of shows) and we […]

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Heartless Bastards Spread Stylistic Wings

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New Album, New Musical Vision By Alan Sculley Some listeners considered The Mountain, the 2009 CD from the group the Heartless Bastards, a musical departure for the group. Yes, there were still plenty of garage-ish rock moments that carried over from the group’s first two CDs. But on The Mountain, Heartless Bastards singer/guitarist and songwriter […]

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]