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Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa concert

Dweezil keeps Zappa legacy alive By Gary Spencer Photo: Zappa Plays Zappa will perform July 12 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati   A lot of second generation musicians have had to wrestle with the shadow of their famous parents’ musical legacies. Then there’s guitarist and bandleader Dweezil Zappa. The son of Frank Zappa, a man who many […]

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The pulse on the Plaza

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Troy Summer Music Concert Series is in season By Gary Spencer Photo: The Troy Summer Music Concert Series runs through Sept. 1 at Prouty Plaza; photo: Troy Main Street It always brings a smile to my face when an underdog manages to overachieve. This could very well be applied to the city of Troy, Ohio, as […]

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Vales beyond dimension

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Agalloch escapes the weight of darkness By Gary Spencer Photo: Agalloch will perform June 22 at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky.; photo: Veleda Thorsson It doesn’t happen often enough, but once in a blue moon a musical artist emerges that transcends their respective genre and becomes something greater than simply another metal band. One such […]

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Beyond the forest

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Cincinnati’s Valdrin brings black metal tales to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Valdrin will perform on June 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Mike Gfreorer Amid the blastbeats, crushing guitar chords and the grunts and growls one usually associates with the subgenres making up modern “extreme” metal, there is often more than meets the bleeding ear. […]

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Catching the light

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Scotland’s Chvrches bring synthpop tides to Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Chvrches will perform on June 10 at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus; photo: Elliot Hazel Although I’m primarily a fan of heavy, guitar based music, I must admit I have a soft spot for really well done, catchy synthpop – synthpop that’s primarily of 1980s […]

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How sweet it is …

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Troy Strawberry Festival still going strong By Gary Spencer Photo: Last year, an estimated 100,000 people attended the Troy Strawberry Festival; photo: Tall James Photography After 30-some years of the Troy Strawberry Festival, one thing is for certain – the Miami Valley definitely loves strawberries. Ever since 1977, the city of Troy has shared its […]

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Monkeying around

The Monkees Perform At Mizner Park Amphitheatre

The Monkees come to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: The Monkees will perform on June 6 at PNC Pavilion; photo: Larry Marano/Getty ImagesHere they come again. For the third time in as many years, TV’s first rock ‘n’ roll band, The Monkees, are taking their act back on tour – just in time for the warm […]

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Dead in person

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Lucha-rockers Team Void live album release at Canal Public House By Gary Spencer Photo: Team Void performs on May 24 at Canal Public House; photo: Richard Brown Some Dayton rock ‘n’ roll fans think Team Void is a five-piece band whose musicians live and breathe here in the Gem City, just like everybody else. However, you […]

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The great rock ‘n’ roll festival

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Columbus’ Rock on the Range is worth the trip By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Label Society will perform at this year’s Rock on the Range; photo: Justin Reich Some 60 years after the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music, there seems to be more musical categories and subgenres than there are strains of the common cold. In […]

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Sounds from the riverfront

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Summer concerts in ’Burg are set to get hot By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Science will perform on May 16 at Riverfront Park; photo: Robert Leifheit There’s something to be said about the charm of taking in live music somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and even more can be said about […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]