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Perfectly Frank

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

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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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]