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The Promise of Music Box Sets

Last-minute holiday present needs? You can't go wrong with these music collections

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 21, 2010
This wasn't a plentiful year for CD and DVD box sets, but there weren't many misses in this year’s crop of releases, either. Here are the best of the bunch to my ears and eyes, from Springsteen and Hendrix box sets to DVDs of legendary 'Soul Train' and 'T.A.M.I. Show' performances.  

Springsteen and His Boss Hogs

The Boss' music continues to inspire new generations of rockers, from Gaslight Anthem to The Hold Steady

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Bruce Springsteen hasn't played in Cincinnati since 2008, but various iterations of him promise to keep the local concert and record scene busy this fall. There are at least three major acts coming to town that — in the style and substance of their material — have been pronouncedly influenced by The Boss: Gaslight Anthem, playing Bogart's Sept. 22; The Hold Steady, playing the Southgate House Oct. 2; and John Mellencamp, performing at Music Hall Nov. 1.   

John Mellencamp: No Better Than This

[Rounder Records]

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The success of 'No Better Than This' lies in John Mellencamp's passionate recreation of the genres he's honoring and his confidence in the plainspoked lyrical message. It's not hard to spot his influence; the lack of complexity here leaves little room for him to disguise his music or his intentions.   

John Mellencamp, Kathryn Calder, Toadies and Eli "Paperboy" Reed

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 31, 2010
From rowdy '70s Punkish Pop stomper to '80s heartland rocker to '90s Americana bard to new millennium Folk provocateur, John Mellencamp has reinvented himself admirably over the past 30-plus years, albeit without the big picture importance, durable creativity or stylistic range of Bob Dylan, David Bowie or Neil Young. With the dangerously titled 'No Better Than This,' he teams up with dusty producer du jour, T Bone Burnett, to craft a mono masterwork steeped in '50s Rockabilly and '60s Folk.   

Lilith Fair, Cougar Jr. and Corgan Goes Slummin'

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The son of John Mellencamp doesn't seem to be in any hurry to collect his sure-to-be-huge inheritance check. Speck Mellencamp, 14, started a Facebook page designed to get his dad to stop smoking, a move that appears to be coming from a genuine place of love. See, even Minimum Gauge's Grinch-heart can swell during the holidays.  

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