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6. The Westcott House. Photo by Brad Feinknopf.(color)

Experiencing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House By Chris Schutte Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House in Springfield is not your typical historic house museum. Unless your definition of “typical” includes concerts by Japanese rock bands, film festivals, Pecha Kucha and … a cash bar. Better stated, it is a “Living House.” As executive director Marta Wojcik […]

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The Best Records of 2011

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A look back at who made the cut this year in music By Christopher Schutte For a year that included the near-biblical plague of blackbirds dropping from the sky, Arab dictators falling like dominoes, catastrophic economic collapses and Bengal tigers roaming the streets of Zanesville, music didn’t fare too badly by comparison. Don’t get me […]

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Front Row: Zoe Boekbinder in Springfield

Friday, November 18 Having previously been enlightened by/subjected to my musical tastes, Marta Wojcik (executive director and curator of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House) was fairly confident that I would appreciate the new record by a relatively unknown artist named Zoe Boekbinder. Marta and her husband Kevin “discovered” Zoe on a recent trip to New […]

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Guided by Vices

The best of 2011 so far By Christopher Schutte There are any number of things that make being a music critic a pretty good gig (my parents are so proud). First and foremost, you get to listen to virtually everything that’s released and you don’t have to pay for it. You also get “press” access […]

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Shot in the dark

A 10-step guide that proves bar owners are crazy and that opening a bar is probably not for you. By Christopher Schutte It’s happened to all of us. You’re sitting in the corner booth at your favorite bar with a few friends. After a few drinks, the juices start flowing. Everyone’s laughing, having a great […]

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Guided by Vices

Picks for August 2011 By Christopher Schutte Unlike last month’s GBV, which was prefaced by a fair amount of witty repartee on my part, we’re going to get right down to business this time around. It’s just too damned hot for cleverness. What I’m listening  to now: Washed Out Within and Without [Sub Pop] Ernest […]

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Death Cab For Cutie in C-bus

Front Row – Christopher Schutte Alt-rock stalwarts Death Cab For Cutie are hitting the road this summer in support of their seventh full-length LP entitled, Codes and Keys, and will visit Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus on July 27. The new album was released on May 31 with Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine) taking the […]

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Spin it: Givers

In Light [Glassnote Entertainment Group] At first blush, you may peg Lafayette, La. band Givers as a poor man’s Vampire Weekend. You wouldn’t be completely off base, but the story runs a little deeper than that. While Givers, like other bands, have figured out ways to incorporate Afrobeat into indie-pop, they also add unique elements […]

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Spin it: Kate Tucker, White Horses

Kate Tucker, White Horses [Red Valise Recordings] Described by one ardent admirer as a “hipper, younger Neko Case,” Kate Tucker is an Akron girl whose music is equal parts slow burn and honky-tonk shuffle. Born into a family of truckers, her work is influenced by the American road with themes of departure, distance, love lost […]

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Guided by vices

Thoughts on modern radio, plus July reviews By Christopher Schutte If you’ll indulge me a bit I’d like to take a slight detour from my regular column. If you FF to the record reviews, I won’t hold it against you. It may not seem like it, but listening to new music is work. Maybe not […]

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Burning down the House

Griffin House comes home By Christopher Schutte In an effort to maintain some scant amount of credibility, I should probably begin this piece by mentioning that I’ve known Griffin House since he was an up-and-coming junior golfer and I was a golf professional (true story). House was an affable, humble and talented kid back then, […]

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Guided by Vices

New releases worth a listen By Christopher Schutte One of the perks of being a music writer for the Dayton City Paper is that I receive a bunch of free music before its release date. Like many other things in life (such as 89 cent Taco Bell burritos and Robert DeNiro films), this is both […]

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ATL band storms into O-H-I-O

Black Lips talk touring, new album and human skulls By Christopher Schutte Atlanta’s Black Lips are in the midst of a virtual non-stop tour/party and will be visiting Columbus and Newport this month. The band is renowned for its unhinged live show, which includes nudity, fireworks, flaming guitars and a human skull among other things. […]

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Guided By Vices

What your iPod says about you By Christopher Schutte The ubiquitous white ear buds. The sleek designs and colors. The amazing storage capacity. The acknowledgement that Steve Jobs just may be God. All great reasons to own an iPod. For a seemingly straightforward device (it’s just a music player, right?), your iPod actually says a […]

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Critic’s Pick: Acoustic

Griffin House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Christopher Schutte Springfield native Griffin House will be playing the Basement in Columbus on Saturday, April 2. Unlike his recent local appearances with a crack band in tow, House is in […]

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The Joy Formidable get joyous in Columbus

Welsh rock trio the Joy Formidable are set to appear at the Basement in Columbus on April 4. The group kicked off their North American tour with an appearance at SXSW in mid-March (where they were one of SPIN’s “must hear bands”) that coincided with the release of their first full-length album, The Big Roar. […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]