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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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Ready For A Comeback

Bret Michaels Performs At JD Legends By Alan Sculley Bret Michaels says a key reason he won the Celebrity Apprentice television show in May is that he doesn’t underestimate anyone – including himself. That sort of awareness and determination has shown itself in more critical ways recently than in winning a reality show. The frontman […]

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Welcome Back, Mr. Koz

Saxophonist Dave Koz Returns to Fraze By Alan Sculley Perhaps more than ever, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz sees his concerts this year – 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 some acts either cancel […]

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Shining Stars – Earth Wind & Fire remain proud of 
established career

Last year there were indications that Earth Wind & Fire might have a special collection of music in the works for 
its fans. In an article in Billboard magazine, singer Philip Bailey said the group was planning to do a three CD set – one disc of new studio material, a live CD and a […]

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Cracker – Staying True To Self

Alternative Pop/Rock Band Cracker Headed to McGuffy’s Guitarist Johnny Hickman says he wouldn’t be happy playing with a band that stuck to a similar sound from song to song and album to album. Fortunately, Hickman is in Cracker, a band that after nearly 19 years together has established itself as being difficult to categorize. “I […]

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Still Going Strong – Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls continue to evolve Johnny Rzeznik, singer/guitarist in the Goo Goo Dolls, is no songwriting neophyte. He’s been the band’s chief songwriter throughout its two-decade history and he’s written or co-written an enviable number of hit songs, with tunes like “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name” among his dozen top 10 adult top 40 hits. […]

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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 […]