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Sophisticated Swing


“Sophisticated Ladies” honors Holiday, Fitzgerald,  Vaughn, and more at Schuster with Dayton Philharmonic Capathia Jenkins is also a successful screen actress By Tim Smith Once upon a time, song lyricists were akin to poets, telling interesting stories set to memorable melodies. Sometimes they were sad, sometimes lighthearted, but most often, the subject was love and […]

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Not too swift, Taylor


Taylor Swift and Ticketmaster team up to rip off fans Taylor Swift has started the Taylor Swift Experience with Ticketmaster. Photo: GabboT By Tim Smith There seems to be an attitude in the pop music world that the more famous you are, the more you’re entitled to pick the pockets of your fans. No one […]

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Good vibrations

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Mike Love still loving Photo: The Beach Boys currently (l-r) John Cowsill, Brian Eichenberger, Scott Totten, Mike Love, Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, Bruce Johnson. Photo: Udo Spreitzenbarth By Alan Sculley Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love has released an autobiography that covers the long and, at times, tumultuous history of the group, not to mention more than […]

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Dare you to groove


Lifehouse and Switchfoot join forces at Rose Music Center Photo: Lifehouse’s (l-r) Steve Stout, Jason Wade, Bryce Soderberg, and Ricky Woolstenhulme, Jr. By Justin Kreitzer Alternative rock band Lifehouse, led by singer-songwriter Jason Wade, emerged in the post-grunge era in the year 2000 with their still-inescapable hit, “Hanging By A Moment.” With their radio-friendly melodic […]

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Not forgettin’ or forgotten


Michael McDonald croons his way to Fraze Michael McDonald performs at Fraze Pavilion July 12; photo: Timothy White By Alan Sculley As Michael McDonald gets set to tour this summer and release Wide Open, his first album of new original material in 17 years in September, he is getting a boost of exposure through what […]

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A girl, a bottle, a boat, a Train


Train takes ‘Play That Song’ tour to Cincinnati photo: Train frontman Pat Monahan strives for the band to keep producing radio hits By Alan Sculley Pat Monahan knows pop music remains a young person’s game. As the frontman of Train for 20 years-plus, he faces that reality with every new album as he lobbies pop […]

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‘This is not a test’


TobyMac’s experimented sound at the Nutter Center By Alan Sculley Photo: TobyMac performs at the Nutter Center March 10; photo: True Artist Management     TobyMac says one thought he had as he went in to make his latest studio album, This Is Not A Test, was to create “soul” music. That doesn’t mean the […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]