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Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single “My Name is Ruin.” Photo: Joeri Peeters. Cover photo: Leanne Bolger. By Dave Gil de Rubio The warhorse phrase about truth being stranger than fiction was never more appropriate than in the case of Savage: […]

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Making his own name

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Rhythm and blues from the past six decades has provided a treasure trove of songs that have spurred a cottage industry of artists releasing albums consisting of material drawn solely from the vaults of labels like Motown and Stax/Volt. That approach can provide diminishing returns as each year passes and more and more of these […]

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Sixties hit-makers are Happy Together

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In 1959, Dick Clark launched his “Caravan of Stars” tour in which a variety of singing stars of the day would travel from city to city by bus, doing sold-out shows for the bobby soxers and teenyboppers. Soon after, dozens of imitators launched “package tours” of various combinations playing ballrooms, theatres, county fairs, and so […]

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When the shoe fits

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It may be 30-plus years since Cinderella’s 1986 debut album, Night Songs, was released, but founding member/frontman Tom Keifer hasn’t let his passion for making music flag one bit. And he’ll be bringing the noise to BMI Speedway on June 2nd. While the days with his old band came to an end in 2012 due […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and Susan McFadden By Dave Gil de Rubio The Irish have always had a strong cultural base rooted in song and storytelling. And while the tradition is often steeped in images of cable-knit sweaters and caps, […]

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Every song a story

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Country music legend Rodney Crowell at The Victoria Theatre Singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell left his guitar in his other suit. By Dave Gil de Rubio Rodney Crowell is a storyteller. Sure, he’s got a resume a mile long that includes a couple of stints as a key member of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band, a couple of […]

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A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a firm tradition of storytelling and honoring the past. For singer-songwriter Shannon McNally, this is a trueism indicative of a recording career that dates back to her 2001 Capitol Records debut “Jukebox Sparrows.” And while she […]

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Sisterly love

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Shelby Lynne with Allison Moorer at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall Singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne By Dave Gil de Rubio Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Alice Walker once asked if solace was any more comforting than that in the arms of a sister. If there is any doubt that this is the case, look no further than the […]

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Rock’s Lone Wolves

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Los Lobos brings its unmistakable Latino rock to Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall Los Lobos’s line-up has remained unchanged since their inception. (L-R) Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez, and David Hidalgo (not pictured: Steve Berlin) By Dave Gil de Rubio Not unlike their musical forefathers, The Band, Los Lobos has always had an outsider approach, embracing […]

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Awakening music 

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit bring ‘Nashville Sound’ to Rose (l-r) Jimbo Hart, Derry deBorja, Sadler Vaden, Jason Isbell, and Chad Gamble; photo: Danny Clinch By Dave Gil de Rubio Life is clearly good for Jason Isbell. Since embracing sobriety five years ago, his career has seen an upward trajectory with a string of […]

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Salt of the Earth

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Lucinda Williams rides her ‘ghosts of the highway’ to the Victoria By Dave Gil de Rubio Photo: Lucinda Williams performs May 2 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: David McClister In the 1968 song “Salt of the Earth,” the Rolling Stones sang, “Let’s drink to the hardworking people/Let’s think of the lowly of birth/Spare a thought […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]