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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 worst pain

An interview with Papercuts’ Jason Quever By Christopher Schutte Papercuts – the musical project of San Francisco songwriter/producer Jason Quever – have just released the fantastic new record, Fading Parade and are now in the midst of an extensive tour that will bring them to Columbus’ Black Box at Mershon on March 24. While known […]

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Guided by Vices

Top 10+ must-haves for your music collection By Christopher Schutte Just for the sake of argument, let’s say you had a chance to totally rebuild your record (CD, MP3, etc.) collection from scratch. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a musical curator guiding the process? Someone who – not unlike the sommelier that cautions you […]

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Worth the trip: Interpol

One-on-one with Daniel Kessler By Christopher Schutte Interpol makes their first area appearance in nearly four years at the LC in Columbus’ Arena District on Sunday, Feb. 13. The band is touring in support of their ambitious new self-titled album and has been receiving rave reviews for their current live show. Recently departed bass player […]

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Guided by Vices

Music that’s ‘worth it’ this month By Christopher Schutte While the winter months are traditionally not flush with noteworthy new releases (or live shows), there are certainly more than a few worthy of your attention. As we are constantly assaulted with a never-ending stream of information, time has become the most precious of commodities. With […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]