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A-stompin’ and a-strummin’


Scott H. Bira-m raises a ruckus in Newport Scott H. Biram bills himself a “Dirty Old One Man Band” By L. Kent Wolgamott Scott H. Biram plays electric guitar and stomps away on a board while he’s singing his songs for a reason that has nothing to do with precisely what he is playing. Rather, […]

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Folk for the everyman


Decades of stories in song with Arlo Guthrie at Memorial Hall Photo: Arlo Guthrie By L. Kent Wolgamott Arlo Guthrie has, of late, toured celebrating the music of his father, folk music legend Woody Guthrie; marked the anniversary of his 1967 classic album, Alice’s Restaurant,”in shows; and now, he’s playing shows that don’t have that […]

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Forever Young


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


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


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


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


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


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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Meanwhile, in Portland…

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Ages and Ages at Cincinnati’s MOTR Pub By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Ages and Ages will perform on Oct. 18 at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati It sounds complex, with layers of harmonies wrapped around melodies and rhythms created by handclaps, shakers and noisemakers along with the standard lineup of guitars, bass and drums. But, for […]

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Wanted souls, hypnotic eyes and reigning sounds


Your fall album mash-up By L. Kent Wolgamott and Alan Sculley Photo: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers // Hypnotic Eye // Warner Bros.   Spoon has been off the radar for three years or so, the product of the first real break the group has taken from the recording/tour treadmill. They return on They Want My […]

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Sounds of summer


Four picks to sizzle your speakers By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: La Sera // Hour of the Dawn // Hardly Art   La Sera // Hour of the Dawn // Hardly Art Former Vivian Girl Katy Goodman turns up the noise on Hour of The Dawn, the third album from her project, La Sera. In […]

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Your May playlist


Four Spring releases to sink your teeth into By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records   The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records The War on Drugs delivers enveloping ambient Heartland rock on its third superb album, Lost in the Dream. […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

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 […]