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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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Playing overtime

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Pop Evil gets bigger and better at Cincinnati’s Bogart’s By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Leigh Kakaty of Pop Evil jumps next to Cincinnati’s Bogart’s; photo: Steve Sergent   For Leigh Kakaty, Pop Evil is all about putting in the work. Just like it was when he played sports years ago. “It’s the exact same to me,” […]

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Surf salamanders

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The AmpFibians ride the wave to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: The AmpFibians’ (l-r) Ron ‘Squat’ White, Tom ‘Squid’ Coates, Eli ‘Lockjaw’ White, and Dave ‘Swag’ Davies; photo: Cathy Davies On paper, a surf rock band with the name The AmpFibians comes off as a clever play on words, but also seems a little contrived. […]

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Shesus, Breeders, and Bastards

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Three premier singer-songwriters return home for the holidays By Gary Spencer Photo: Erika Wennerstrom performs at Cloverdale Dec. 22; photo: Kendall Bailey Atwater Every once in a while, a super bill of live music comes together that immediately raises eyebrows—a show featuring musicians with such impressive critical accolades and accomplished resumes that the sheer amount […]

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One more Last Waltz

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Local musicians revive legendary concert film at DAI By Tim Walker Photo: Gary Williams sings Muddy Waters’ ‘I’m a Man’; photos: Jennifer Taylor For rock music fans of a certain age, going to see concert films at your local theatre was a hallowed tradition. Before MTV commandeered cable in the early 1980s, live concert films or […]

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Us and the Night

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3 Doors Down headlines Taste of Blue Ash By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Greg Upchurch, Chris Henderson, Brad Arnold, Justin Biltonen, and Chet Roberts of 3 Doors Down On tour in support of their new album, Us and the Night, alternative-rockers 3 Doors Down will offer a free concert at Blue Ash’s Summit Park Aug. […]

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Beer drinker, hell raiser

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Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top bear(d) the blues at Rose By Matt Clevenger Things couldn’t be better for ZZ Top, with their first full-length live album set for release this fall and a tour kicking off at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights Tuesday, Aug. 16. Known for blues and Latin-infused rock mega-hits like “Cheap […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]