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John Benson

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Musician Leon Redbone stands the test of time

The inimitable Leon Redbone has spent the past 40 years carving out his own niche in the music industry.

Zhopa Mira is a change of pace

After spending the past decade in the death-metal scene with local band Harlequins Voice, guitarist Michael Andrecic was ready for a change.

Marching bands on stage ‘Drumline’ goes live

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com There’s no doubt that dotting the “i” with the Ohio

Lovett, Hiatt play in relaxed setting

Appearing in promotional material like two weathered elder statesmen of music, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are about to restart their on-again, off-again co-headlining tour.

The Queers: still spreading message

Early on, punk rock’s mantra was to shock the world with not only band names but song titles to boot.

Washington Generals: They’re far from a joke

For Youngstown basketball fans feeling down about the state of professional basketball in Northeast Ohio, things could be worse.

Local bands in Rock Off

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com CLEVELAND Local screamo-metal act Sinful Faith —

Miranda Cosgrove ‘iCarly’ star takes to singing stardom

“iCarly” actress Miranda Cosgrove admits she’s excited to finally live out her rock ’n’ roll dream when her “Dancing Crazy Tour” comes through Cleveland.


When it comes to profes- sional wrestling over the past 50 years, the name DiBiase stands out for many reasons.

Eclectic influences put stamp on Modern Life

Singer-guitarist Rocco Sait of local band Modern Life describes his quartet as an alternative, folk, indie-rock, experimental kind of band.

‘Cats’ has more than nine lives

There’s a funny scene in the old NBC comedy “Mad About You” where the Buchmans share a cab with a gentleman going to see “Cats” for the first time.

Battle of bands has become a tradition

Barry Gabel, senior vice president of marketing for Live Nation, recalls the origins of the High School Rock Off.

Deo Vendice likes its chances of winning

When it comes to the annual Tri-C High School Rock Off, local band Deo Vindice is as opinionated about music as it is confident of its talents.

Battered bull rider gets back in the ring

When the Professional Championship Bull Riding and Barrel Racing event comes to Cleveland on Saturday, one of its competitors will be Jay Morrow.

Smashing debut brings Muffs back for more

After a memorable show last fall, New York’s The Bloody Muffs have booked a return trip to Youngstown for a Friday show at Cedars.

Bevan looks at hard times on introspective album

When troubadour Alex Bevan decided to write his 19th studio album, the Northeast Ohio native felt inspired by the troubled times

Parody with pious pop

The Christian contemporary-music world is being turned on its head with pop-music parody “Altar Boyz.”

Tour is about having fun

An intimate evening among good friends with genuine moments and more is what Sarah McLachlan had in mind for her new tour.

Girl Talk’s song collages strike a new sonic chord

Just a lot of winks and nods done in a cool way is what Gregg Gillis does really well under his mash-up project Girl Talk.

ATOM Band, Riggins keep the music alive

For veteran bassist Ernest Riggins, performing on New Year’s Eve is just another gig.

Presque Vu: a word to the broken-hearted

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Among the influences a musician can cite today that are

Love Turns Hate: Don’t let the name fool you

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com If there was ever an emo-sounding band name or song

Touring production respects author’s vision ‘Grease’ is the word

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com When David O’Brien was asked to dir-ect the national

‘Nutcracker’ ballet gets Russian touch

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com When it comes to holiday productions, there are some

Soulja Boy is aiming for a Grammy

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com A few years removed from his breakout hit single “Crank

BRYAN ADAMS || Rocker goes bare bones in acoustic show

Bryan Adams is coming to town for an intimate show tonight at Powers Auditorium.

Eighth Whale lets music do the talking

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com The members of Pittsburgh-based band Eighth Whale, which

Click Clack’s ‘Howling’ is a sonic boom

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Click Clack Boom’s Nathaniel Hoho may be from central

Shinedown acoustic show will be one for the fans

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com After Shinedown’s amazing run over the past few years,

Colvin’s career took slight turn

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Shawn Colvin is best known for her 1997 radio hit “Sunny

HotChaCha turns on the heat with new sound

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Over the past few years, Cleveland quartet HotChaCha —

For ‘Billy Elliot’ dance chief, art imitates life

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Fiction mirroring reality is what Kurt Froman, the

Jann Klose

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Going back to where it all started to see familiar faces

Bluesman Tinsley Ellis continues to rock out

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Perhaps living up to the adage you can’t teach an old dog

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas rockers are branching out

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Imagine if Don Draper, the fictional advertising whiz

‘Legally Blonde’ A musical with a message

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com R-E-S-P-E-C-T is what Elle Woods wants, no demands, in

Los Lonely Boys: Tex-Mex trio goes acoustic on tour

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Originally the plan this year called for the Los Lonely

Drinking, smoking & cussing with Ron White

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com You can’t tame comedian Ron White. Whether it’s ex-

A cartoon come to life: That’s ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com For those Gen Xers who grew up with Saturday morning

Hynde calls ‘Fidelity’ her best

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com The “Talk of the Town” once again, Chrissie Hynde, Rock

Clavelli brings one-man show to Playhouse

By MILAN PAURICH Entertainment@vindy.com New Castle, Pa., native Chris Clavelli will be

Zach Deputy discovers success as one-man band

By John Benson entertainment@vindy.com Zach Deputy didn’t start out as a looping artist;

Gospel music contest showcases sweet sound

By John Benson entertainment@vindy.com Christian singer CeCe Winans will be the first to tell

Cavo rides Daughtry boost on its own tour From sidelight to limelight

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Being in a rock band can create an alternate reality

Performing never gets old for Montgomery Gentry

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Over the past decade, country-music act Montgomery

Rustbelt City to make its Youngstown debut

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com When Dan Spencer left Ohio in late 2008 to study audio

Phoenix Rising excited to open up for Seether

By JOHN BENSON Entertainment@vindy.com When local modern-rock band Phoenix Rising was pegged as

The Oak Ridge Boys: A new sound for an old band

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Over the past seven decades there have been many

With new singer, the sound is Sublime

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Here’s a quiz: name an early ’90s band that changed music

Hinder still living dream with ‘American Nightmare’

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Hinder frontman Austin Winkler’s party image may precede


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