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Reaching rock ‘n’ roll divinity

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Cold War Kids on fame, fans, and the desire for something more Photo: Cold War Kids, led by Nathan Willett By Alan Sculley Cold War Kids singer/guitarist Nathan Willett feels his group has occupied a rather rare and enviable niche in the music world so far during its career. The group is widely considered an indie […]

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Knuckles up

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Chicago’s Flatfoot 56 prove that bagpipes are punk as f— Photo: from left to right: Conrad Allsworth, Eric McMahon, TobinBawinkel, Kyle Bawinkel, Brandon Good By Gary Spencer To some listeners, punk seems like a sonically limited genre of music – distorted guitars, three or four chords, rough singing, sometimes fast, sometimes faster. However, there are […]

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Back to blues

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Two rhythms and blues: Joe Bonamassa’s new album with a twist Photo: Bonamassa rockin’ it on stage; photo: courtesy of Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Blues-rocker Joe Bonamassa has made a habit of having a specific  musical direction in place before recording many of his solo albums. For his current studio album, Blues of Desperation, […]

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Two for the road—hold the Mac

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Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham reunite at Rose Music Center (l-r) Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie perform at Rose Music Center Aug. 8; photos: John Russo By Tim Walker Christine McVie, vocalist, songwriter, and keyboard player, is in what one might think would be, for her, a familiar place: sunny Los Angeles, holed up for […]

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Jam band keeps rockin’ the blues

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Jam band keeps rockin’ the blues Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to Rose Music Center Derek Trucks and the Tedeschi Trucks Band return to Dayton July 22; photo: Stuart Levine By Tim Walker Derek Trucks is back on tour, and he couldn’t be happier. The Jacksonville native spoke with the Dayton City Paper recently from his […]

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Elvis is still king

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Elvis Costello & the Imposters tour through ‘Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers’ at Fraze Elvis Costello & the Imposters pump it up at Fraze Pavilion July 18; photo: James O’Mara By Gary Spencer Elvis Costello is widely considered one of the most prolific, accomplished and celebrated songwriters and recording artists of all time. The British […]

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A breathing heart

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Ann Wilson of Heart takes ‘artistic walkabout’ to Rose Music Center Photo: Ann Wilson of Heart takes on Rose Music Center June 14; photo: Jess Griffin By Gary Spencer Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a monastery, you know Heart—the rock band fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson responsible for such […]

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Scream it from the mountain

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Starset, Live, and others play Rock on the Range By Justin Kreitzer Photo: (l-r) Chad Taylor and Ed Kowalczyk of Live hit Rock on the Range May 19; photo: Eric Forberger Rock on the Range (ROTR) celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, and continues to get bigger and better with age. The hard rock music […]

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Like father, like son

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Nerak Roth Patterson Band rocks double at Taffy’s of Eaton By Matt Clevenger Photo: Veteran guitarist Nerak Roth Patterson, Sr.; photo: Jeff Shiflett History is filled with tales of famous father and son duos, from Solomon and David to know-it-all cartoon dog Mr. Peabody and his adopted human son, Sherman. But is the world ready for […]

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As good as (not) dead

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Local H subverts ’90s nostalgia at Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Scott Lucas (left) and Ryan Harding of Local H perform May 9 at Rockstar Pro Arena Dirty flannel, Doc Martens, and light wash jeans are everywhere these days—’90s nostalgia is at peak popularity. Sticker and Trapper Keeper mogul Lisa Frank is doing […]

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Salt of the Earth

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Lucinda Williams rides her ‘ghosts of the highway’ to the Victoria By Dave Gil de Rubio Photo: Lucinda Williams performs May 2 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: David McClister In the 1968 song “Salt of the Earth,” the Rolling Stones sang, “Let’s drink to the hardworking people/Let’s think of the lowly of birth/Spare a thought […]

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Forbidden fruit

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Far From Eden grows progressive rock at Oregon Express By Mike Ritchie Photo: Kimberly Weiss and Far From Eden play Oregon Express April 15 photo: Jennifer Taylor Sometimes a band finds its niche by refusing to fit in. Sometimes striking a balance between “too heavy” and “not heavy enough” is a good thing. Blending an […]

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The Journey continues…

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Journey revives classic rock at the Nutter Center By Alan Sculley Photo: Journey’s (l-r) Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, and Steve Smith dust off the hits at the Nutter Center April 4; photo: Travis Shinn   Journey is back on the road this winter, with Steve Smith returning on drums and with […]

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It’s a mad, mad world

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Mad Anthony takes 52-track Mad Anthology to Blind Bob’s, Peach’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Mad Anthony’s (l-r) Adam Flaig, Ringo Jones, and Marc Sherlock play Blind Bob’s and Peach’s this weekend photo: Nikita Gross   Cincinnati’s Mad Anthony got a crazy idea in August of 2014, after releasing their last full-length record, Sank for Days. “We […]

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Swallowing the new

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Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips sheds his skin in Cincy By Bill Forman Photo: Glen Phillips, of Toad the Wet Sprocket fame, performs in Cincy, March 17; photo: Ashtin Paige   Hindsight is 20/20, or at least it can be. For Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips, that became all too apparent during the […]

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The witching hour

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The witching hour Doctor Smoke stays up late at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Matt Tluchowski (left) and Steve Lehocky of Doctor Smoke keep the audience up late at Blind Bob’s Feb. 24 photo: Paul Workmeister, Miser Photography Doctor Smoke has examined Blind Bob’s, and the prognosis is good. “We’ve played Blind Bob’s two or […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]