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Sophisticated Swing

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]