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Sara Watkins gets back to her roots at Taft Theatre Photo: Sara Warkins, performing at Taft Theatre on Aug. 12 By L. Kent Wolgamott Sara Watkins is best known for her work in Nickel Creek, the bluegrass trio she co-founded as a teenager. But you won’t hear bluegrass or much of her fiddle on “Young […]

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Folk fixture

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Gordon Lightfoot stamps his success at Fraze At 78, Gordon Lightfoot still plays about 70 shows a year, with one at Fraze July 31; photo: Carl Dunn By L. Kent Wolgamott Musicians can win all kinds of awards. But few find themselves on a stamp, one of the highest honors a nation can bestow on […]

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Playing overtime

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Pop Evil gets bigger and better at Cincinnati’s Bogart’s By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Leigh Kakaty of Pop Evil jumps next to Cincinnati’s Bogart’s; photo: Steve Sergent   For Leigh Kakaty, Pop Evil is all about putting in the work. Just like it was when he played sports years ago. “It’s the exact same to me,” […]

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Change for the better

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Sara Watkins switches it up on her third solo album By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Sara Watkins puts her fiddle away onYoung in all the Wrong Ways; photo: Maarten de Boer Sara Watkins is best known for her work in Nickel Creek, the bluegrass trio she co-founded as a teenager. But you won’t hear bluegrass, or […]

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One good hit deserves another

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Dustin Lynch discusses his expanding career in country By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Dustin Lynch will play Thursday, Dec. 17 at Bogarts in Cincinnati Dustin Lynch draws on everything from Incubus to Mutemath to hip-hop in his music. But country music’s “new hat” says he will never stray far from his primary influences. “Garth Brooks, […]

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Have baggage, will travel

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Hardknocks songwriter Justin Townes Earle in Cincinnati By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Justin Townes Earle will perform at The Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Oct. 29; photo: Joshua Black Wilkins Justin Townes Earle is now a clean and sober happily married man, riding on buses with his new band, touring behind a pair of records […]

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Time for spring cleaning

New releases for open windows By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott   Courtney Barnett//Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit // Mom + Pop Music   Courtney Barnett sings about seeing Jesus in the watermarks on a ceiling, buying organic vegetables and staring at a lawn that needs to be mowed […]

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What’s in your stash?

  New releases to cure the winter doldrums By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Sleater-Kinney // No Cities to Love // Sub Pop     Ten years after going on hiatus, Sleater-Kinney has delivered one of its best records ever with No Cities to Love. With the oddly-tuned dual guitars of singer/guitarists Corin Tucker […]

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20 years already?

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Mainstays Gov’t Mule at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Gov’t Mule will perform on Oct. 31 at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre; photo: Anna Webber Warren Haynes has been playing guitar in The Allman Brothers Band for 25 years and has led Gov’t Mule for two decades. He’s also played with The Dead, his […]

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Old favorites and instant classics

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Four new releases for sweater season By L. Kent Wolgamott and Alan Sculley Gary Clark Jr. // Live // Warner Bros. For several years now, Clark has been touted as the next great blues rocker – perhaps the one who will do what Stevie Ray Vaughan did before his untimely death and bring the blues […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]