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The hard and soft of rock

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Guitarist Zakk Wylde goes heavy with Generation Axe tour at Taft By Alan Sculley The 20-year gap between Zakk Wylde’s two solo albums, Book of Shadows and the newly released Book of Shadows II has to hold some kind of record for longest time between a first album and its sequel. Wylde himself knows he […]

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All she wants to do is dance

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Fresh releases for the fresh spring air By Alan Sculley Neil Young & the BlueNotes // Bluenote Café  // Warner Bros. Of the many musical side trips Young has taken during his career, one of the most successful was forming his horn-driven big band, the Bluenotes, for a 1988 album, Ten Men Working, and subsequent […]

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What you missed

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Best overlooked albums of 2015 By Alan Sculley Photo: JD McPherson, Let The Good Times Roll (2015) As I scan my list of the best albums of 2015 that didn’t get nearly the attention they deserved, I realize I like this group of albums better than the albums that made my top 10 CDs of […]

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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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Can’t stand losing you

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New doc on The Police tells Andy Summers’s version By Alan Sculley Photo: Andy Summers and Sting warm up in their dressing room; photo: Watal Asanuma The title of the new documentary on The Police by the band’s guitarist, Andy Summers, captures his perspective perfectly. The film is called “Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The […]

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From stage to streets

Old favorites, new albums By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The Goddamn Gallows will perform Sept. 24 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Michael Sinapi Wilco // Star Wars // dBpm Wilco has gotten into the surprise album release game, dropping, without previous announcement, the 11-song, 34-minute Star Wars. Opening with the 78-second Sonic Youth-like […]

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New album, new outlook

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Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Papa Roach will perform with Five Finger Death Punch on Sept. 5 at U.S. Bank Arena This year marks the 15th anniversary for Papa Roach as a recording act. Looking back, vocalist Jacoby Shaddix can say, at the least, it’s been quite an […]

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The gambler

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Country star Jason Aldean takes risks with new album By Alan Sculley Photo: Jason Aldean will perform at Riverbend Music Center on Aug. 23; photo: Jim Wright “Burnin’ It Down,” the first single off of Jason Aldean’s current album, Old Boots, New Dirt, has become one of the biggest hits of the country superstar’s career. […]

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To a city near you!

I am doing a portrait series of individuals within the music industry, whether they are a musician in a band, a roadie, an industry person, a fan, or the merch guy, I want to take their picture! Along with each portrait, the individuals have answered a few questions. My goal is to do a gallery show and/or book of the portraits with the person's handwritten answers to the questions next to the photos. So if you like what you see, spread the word so I can get more shots done!

Legendary Warped Tour stops in Cinci By Alan Sculley Photo: Kevin Lyman, Warped Tour founder and organizer This year’s Warped Tour lineup is decidedly rock centric, with a lineup leaning metalcore, hardcore and indie rock. For a festival tour that started out in the mid-’90s for punk and ska, it’s quite a shift. But Warped […]

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More than a feeling

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Mega-stars Boston come to Fraze By Alan Sculley Photo: Boston founder Tom Scholz will perform with Boston at Fraze Pavilion on July 2; photo: Kamal Asar Boston’s Tom Scholz is famous for being one of the most meticulous artists in the studio in all of rock. As the man who writes Boston’s songs and records […]

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Blasts from the recent past

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Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind hit Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional will perform on May 31 at PNC Pavilion; photo: David Bean Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba knows that his band’s summer co-headlined tour with Third Eye Blind might seem like an unlikely pairing to some. After all, the […]

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Transmission. Alpha. Delta.

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Punkers Strung Out in Newport By Alan Sculley Photo: Strung Out will perform on April 25 at Thompson House in Newport, Kentucky Jason Cruz of the punk band Strung Out is nothing if not driven. When he formed the original lineup of Strung Out with guitarist Rob Ramos in 1989 in Simi Valley, California, Cruz […]

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From parts unknown

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Hardcore heavies Every Time I Die play Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Every Time I Die will perform on April 17 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati; photo: Justin Reich Vocalist Keith Buckley has nothing but good things to say about how From Parts Unknown, the latest album by his band, Every Time I Die, turned out. […]

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Galactic funk machine

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R&B-funk-jam band is worth the trip By Alan Sculley Photo: Galactic will perform with Erica Falls on March 24 at 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati; photo: Zack Smith Galactic is putting the finishing touches on its next album, and if you’re a fan of the group’s early albums, you’re going to like what you hear. […]

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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]