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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.   

Take Your Kid to Work Day, MTV Still Not Playing Music and U2 Is on Edge

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sure, the younger generation of musicians has the genetics and, more often than not, the chops. But the nepotism going on in the Rock world these days has to have aspiring and veteran musicians everywhere saying, "Brother, can you spare a gig?"  

Ben Kweller, The Von Bondies, Roger Manning and More

0 Comments · Monday, February 9, 2009
So I finally picked up the new Bruce Springsteen but haven't had a chance to spin it yet. And I'm hot to hear the new Heartless Bastards, but maybe I'll wait until the hoopla dies down and give it a review based on a little perspective. So what does that leave us with in the present tense? Quite a lot actually: new CDs from Ben Kweller, The Von Bondies, Roger Manning and Ladyfinger, plus a 1973 classic from British singer/songwriter John Martyn.   

Sundance, The Boss and Phish

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Musicians getting into acting is always a sketchy proposition (the opposite is also true: Joaquin Phoenix, please give up Hip Hop and go back to film immediately). But who would have thought that a musician becoming a talk show host would turn out so wonderfully? Elvis Costello's new talk/variety show 'Spectacle' is a fascinating slice of television airing now on the Sundance Channel (cable subscribers without Sundance can find episodes on their 'On Demand' services).  

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