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Taking Stock Of Current Releases By Eric W. Saeger Jonathan Butler So Strong (Rendezvous Records) Easiest way to break this down is to say that veteran jazz guitarist/singer/leader Butler is the Stevie Wonder of guitar. No, he can see; what I’m saying is his vocal sound is similar, strong, upbeat and rubbery, and being that […]

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CD Reviews 09/15/10

Taking Stock Of Current Releases By Eric W. Saeger Above & Beyond Anjunabeats 8 (Ultra Records) It’s funny, I was hoping to avoid jumping the couch over this one and giggling girlishly about how this UK DJ trio make the music of heaven, but being that they recently soundtracked the official unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique

Taking Stock Of Current Releases By Eric W. Saeger Elizabeth Ayoub Oceanos Y Lunas (Four Quarters Ent) Born of Lebanese parents who fled with her and her six siblings to Venezuela, Ayoub comes from a strange multilingual planet, where one minute Barbra Streisand would be belting on the radio and the next the family would […]

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Rock

The Motel Beds By Kyle Melton In a year thus far that has witnessed numerous excellent local releases, The Motel Beds offer their second for 2010. Following up on the January release of their sprawling sonic episode, Moondazed, the Beds return this weekend with its follow-up, Feelings. While more focused than their previous release, Feelings […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique Taking stock of current releases By Eric W. Saeger Chemical Brothers Further (Astralwerks Records) We can dispose of this fairly quickly, being that the difference between this and other instrumental housey stuff will go over the heads of people who aren’t rave veterans, while fans of the Chemicals will buy […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique (6/9/2010)

Taking stock of current releases Carrie Rodriguez Love and Circumstances (RED Distribution) Doomed to be unfairly overlooked by pundits beholden to bigger-label offal, this cover set of country and Americana tunes that have influenced Rodriguez has a tastiness and sweetness that’s rare for a Sheryl Crow chaser. Rodriguez’ tone is one bit Taylor Swift, one […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]