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Jason Michael Carroll is Ready to Raise the Roof

Four years removed from his last studio effort, Jason Michael Carroll is finally readying the release of his new effort

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Irish band tries to gain foothold in the US Following the Script

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Connecting the dots is what the Script frontman Danny

Pardi will get things started at Dusty Armadillo

Pardi will get things started at Dusty Armadillo

Blake Shelton stays grounded

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com There’s something special about celebrities who convince

ABBA and Bee Gees tribute bands — A surprisingly good pair

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com There’s a seemingly surreal feeling associated when

Widespread Panic singer returns home to Ohio

Widespread Panic singer returns home to Ohio By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Now that

Back to the Beatles

Back to the Beatles It’s been a long reign for Broadway’s ‘Rain’ By JOHN BENSON

Duran Duran recaptures sound from earlier work

Duran Duran recaptures sound from earlier work By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com The

‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley By JOHN BENSON

Asobi Seksu has a unique sound, is a unique band

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Shoegazing, the ’90s genre of layering guitar sounds to

Music just flows from Waterband

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Look all you want on Mog or Pandora but you won’t find

blink-182 goes mature

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Two years removed from its high-profile reunion tour,

Heather Maloney’s insightful lyrics find their mark

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com There is a certain depth and maturity to Heather

Expect exotic rhythms from Dawn Drake & Co.

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com From the start, New York City musician Dawn Drake knew

Rucker feels at home with country

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Darius Rucker, the country singer with a rock ’n’ roll

Incubus returns with new album, new tour

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Like tightrope walkers steadily risking life and limb

Country Music Gas Station gets good vibes

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com It’s been roughly a year since singer-guitarist Jay Wiley

Theory of a Deadman rockers pick up where they left off

THEORY OF A DEADMAN By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Not only did Youngstown get M ∂tley

Barry Manilow challenges himself on new album

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Ever since Barry Manilow arrived on the scene in the

Grunge-era sound coming to Lemon Grove

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Even though a reunited Soundgarden passed up any

BoomBox is ready to blow your mind

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com The term boombox conjures up different thoughts for

Marley’s faves at Reggae Fest

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com When it came time to book the 20th annual Midwest Reggae

Death Cab rocks out on new album

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Before the recent release of Death Cab for Cutie’s eighth

Mix world beat, synth? Way Yes!

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com There aren’t too many acts these days garnering

O.A.R. brings sax appeal to region

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com In case you haven’t noticed, the rock ’n’ roll

Journey rockers recall Northeast Ohio touring experiences

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com First as a member of The Babys and then for the past

Motley Crue is looking forward after 30 years

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Taking a walk on the “Wild Side” all summer long is what

For Poison’s Bret Michaels, performing is life

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Sharing anniversaries and a whole lot of music is what

The Clarks return for Covelli Centre festival

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com There are many things The Clarks bassist Greg Joseph

Far East Movement is living the dream

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Here’s a word to the wise for any local band: Take any

U2 Expect big things from the world’s biggest band

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Consider U2’s history for ostentatious live shows.

New kids, same high spirits

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com The fact that millions of adult women could be heard

3OH!3 makes it fit

Warped Tour By John Benson entertainment@vindy.com When Sean Foreman and Nathaniel “Nat” Motte

Mule Bone takes album in stride

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Albums come from the most unlikely of places. That’s what

Singer-guitarist Ralph Rich works on EP, plays locally

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Solo singer-guitarist Ralph Rich has come a long way

Country singer Easton Corbin is true country

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Patiently waiting for his chance in the spotlight for

Tammy Pescatelli returns to the Funny Farm

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Tammy Pescatelli is admittedly not a “chick comic.” And

Twin Killers sell soul for rock’n’roll

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com In order for Louisiana group Twin Killers to tour this

Gratefulfest at Nelson Ledges Rusted Root loves the vibe at music festival

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Being one with nature, becoming one with fans is the idea

Robert Cray Blues innovator still keeps ’em guessing

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com For MORE THAN 30 years, The Robert Cray Band has been

1960s television band’s music still holds up Monkee mania

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Hey, Hey, they’re The Monkees. And they’re back again for

Girl rockers at Lemon Grove ‘Faux Paus’ is no mistake

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Everyone makes a mis- take, but when you’re in a band

‘Jersey Boys’ rumble onto Cleveland stage

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com cleveland The idea that a musical about a rough and

Devo bassist/synth player: ‘We were always being us’

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Devo bassist and synth player Gerald Casale said there’s

Black Jet Radio: Hear it and feel it

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Fort Wayne, Ind., may not be a perceived bastion of

Unlike his character, ‘Glee’ actor can sing

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com The first thing “Glee” actor Harry Shum Jr. wants

Jerrod Niemann finds success by being himself

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com After his two record-label deals fell apart, country

Josh Groban Opera-voiced singer gets personal on tour

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com A few years away from the spotlight, multiplatinum Grammy

Breaking Laces ties up different soundscapes

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com The first thing you notice when listening to Brooklyn,

Cleveland comic adds an element of improv

After nearly a decade in the game, funnyman Quinn Patterson feels as though he’s finally on the move.

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