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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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Rock and blues say ‘I do’

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Tedeschi Trucks Band return to Rose By Tim Walker Photo: Tedeschi Trucks Band rides the Wheels of Soul Tour to Rose July 29,photo courtesy of Tedeschi Trucks Band Derek Trucks may be performing in Canada, but his voice is all Jacksonville and his guitar chops hail straight from the Mississippi Delta. Trucks called the Dayton City […]

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The raven

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Black Crowes Rich Robinson returns By Rusty Pate Photo: Rich Robinson flies north to Ludlow Garage in Cinci July 23; photo: Alysse Gafkjen As a member of The Black Crowes, Rich Robinson co-wrote a long list of now classic songs, selling millions of albums and touring the world multiple times along the way. They played […]

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The rocky mountaineer

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Butch Ross’s dulcimer rock at Taffy’s by Tim Walker Butch Ross—touring musician, Chattanooga resident, and lover of the mountain dulcimer—began his musical career playing a much more common stringed instrument: the guitar.    “I came to the dulcimer backwards. I started out playing rock and roll guitar,” Ross says, “and from there, I transitioned into […]

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Songs made of human clay

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Scott Stapp takes you higher at BMI By Alan Sculley As Scott Stapp begins a winter tour in support of his latest solo album, Proof of Life, he sounds ready to be on point and deliver strong performances. “It really feels good to have direction, and I’ve made quite a few tremendous lifestyle changes over […]

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Double the pleasure

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Great White and Slaughter bring double the rock to Hobart By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Great White will perform alongside Slaughter on Nov. 20 at Hobart Arena “Life is pretty darn good. Enjoy it while you can,” advises Mark Slaughter, front man for the band Slaughter. Slaughter and fellow ’80s glam metallers Great White will […]

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Soul man 

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Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner on The Clintons, touring with Meat Puppets and where he keeps his Grammy by Josher Lumpkin Photo: Soul Asylum will perform with Meat Puppets at Oddbody’s Music Room on Nov. 7; photo: Michael L. Smith If you came of age during the 1990s, and like me, you spent much of your […]

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Calling all angels

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Gin-soaked Angels bring improv-rock to Peach’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Yellow Springs’ Gin-soaked Angels will perform at Peach’s on Oct. 30 There are many ways for musicians to come together and form a band. Perhaps someone sees a flier at a music store or an ad on Craigslist. Maybe a mutual friend introduces people with […]

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Blowing in the wind

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Yellow Paper Planes land in Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Yellow Paper Planes will perform on Oct. 23 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Brian Kellett Columbus quartet Yellow Paper Planes is a bit of a musical enigma. They’re indie without being twee, heavy but not aggro. Some will describe them as pop for punks who like […]

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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 […]