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Photos: Dave and Jimmy’s Jingle Jam 2017

 Matt Ellis Photos: Dave and Jimmy’s Jingle Jam 2017

December means Christmas, and Christmas means Christmas radio shows in the concert world as Express Live! hosted WNCI 97.9’s annual family friendly pop-spectacular, Dave and Jimmy’s Jingle Jam. This years instalment featured a collection of the new and the old, finishing up with pop-rock stalwart headliners, Fall Out Boy who did what they do best […]

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Will Hoge at Skully’s Music-Diner

Grant Walters Grant Walters Will Hoge at Skully’s Music-Diner

Re-energizing his career with acclaimed album "Anchors", the Nashville-based singer-songwriter will be on stage at Skully's Music-Diner tonight with guests Augustana and Dan Layus

The making of Will Hoge’s latest album, Anchors, was an exercise in partially deconstructing a career that had given him almost two decades of progressive success. Before inking a songwriting deal with BMG Nashville and taking his talents to Music Row in 2012 to write for other artists, he and his band had released seven […]

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Lineup Announced for Rock on the Range 2018

Walker Evans Walker Evans Lineup Announced for Rock on the Range 2018

Rock and roll returns to Mapfre Stadium in 2018 with the 12th annual Rock on The Range festival. The organization announced the official music lineup today, which includes headliners a double dose of Maynard James Keenan with both Tool and A Perfect Circle joining Avenged Sevenfold and Alice In Chains at the top of the […]

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Lydia Loveless Doc Comes Home for the Holidays

Hope Madden Hope Madden Lydia Loveless Doc Comes Home for the Holidays

Who is Lydia Loveless? Ohio’s answer to indie punk alt country? Lucinda Williams meets Patti Smith? None of the above? Gorman Bechard’s documentary seeks to shed some light on the query. The longtime documentarian (who also directed 1987’s Psychos in Love, so, thank you) has a knack for raw intimacy that translates well to Loveless’s […]

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Photos: Japandroids and Cloud Nothings at the Newport

 Matt Ellis Photos: Japandroids and Cloud Nothings at the Newport

Japandroids are the kind of band that want their fans up close and personal — close enough that they can reach out and touch them, and definitely close enough that they can leave their ears ringing with the deafening sound of classic guitar rock-infused punk that the Canadian two-piece have become known for. For the […]

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Concert Review: The Struts at Express Live!

 Matt Ellis Concert Review: The Struts at Express Live!

British hook-heavy guitar band The Struts brought their shamelessly retro-fetishist glamour-rock to Express Live! on Friday night for an evening of good time over-the-top frontman lead rock and roll. Despite a fairly undersold Express Live! crowd, The Struts, and particularly the never stationary lead singer and perma-smiling Luke Spiller cranked up the energy as the […]

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Concert Preview: Ethan Gruska

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Ethan Gruska

With music from his outstanding debut album, "Slowmotionary" in tow, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter shares the stage with Ray LaMontagne at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday night

There’s something patently special about Ethan Gruska’s debut album, Slowmotionary, that immediately surfaces in the first few notes of compressed upright piano on the set’s stark opening track “The Valley.” Plenty of artists have crafted records that contain songs akin to Gruska’s beautifully understated little movements. But yet, it’s been awhile since an album has appealed […]

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