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The Bucko stops here

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Cincinnati band takes on Yellow Springs’ Peach’s By Justin Kreitzer Emerging  Cincinnati indie rock quartet Bucko—formed just last year from the ashes of the beloved local acts Black Owls and Killtones—consists of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Losacker, guitarist/vocalist Ed Shuttleworth, bassist Josh Pilot and drummer Brian Kitzmiller. The band is currently writing and recording their […]

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Wide range of rock

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Columbus rock festival celebrates 10th year By Justin Kreitzer Rock On The Range—the largest rock festival in the United States—is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year with its best lineup yet. Headliners Disturbed, Rob Zombie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers along with Deftones, Megadeth, a recently reunited At the Drive-In and more than 50 […]

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Lost gems in your record bins

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Music critic Greg Prato explains what you’re missing By Justin Kreitzer Long Island, New York-based music critic and author Greg Prato recently released a new book titled, “Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention.” Previously his writing has been featured in Rolling Stone and he has written books about Primus, Faith No More, the grunge […]

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A debut is worth a thousand gigs

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Folk artist Mike Vial performs live at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer Mike Vial gave up teaching high school English in 2011 to become a fulltime musician. Since then, the Michigan-based singer/songwriter has no regrets, playing more than 1,000 gigs and releasing three EP’s and several singles that capture his confessional and organic brand of […]

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Life me up

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Lewis Knudsen brings sing-along pop to Yellow Spring’s Spirited Goat By Justin Kreitzer Genre-defiant and highly prolific Quad Cities singer-songwriter Lewis Knudsen released The Way Of Most Resistance last summer.  His latest and greatest album sees him branching out into funk and soul music complete with jubilant horns and danceable rhythms, where previously his eclectic […]

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Citrus rock

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Cincy’s Lemon Sky at Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Lemon Sky, the Cincinnati psych-rock/prog-pop hybrids recently released Dos, their aptly-titled and long-awaited sophomore album. Highlighted by its three-pronged guitar attack—consisting of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Madrigal, guitarists Eric Cronstein and Ed “Shredward” Bruker along with bassist Steve “Phteven” Korfhagen and drummer Eric Keyes—they create a heavy yet highly-melodic […]

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When doves fly

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Indiana’s Red Clay Pigeons bring folk-rock to Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Muncie, Indiana-based singer-songwriter Wesley Moore previously released a deeply personal solo album, In The Wake, in 2014.  For his next project, he has recruited a band—Red Clay Pigeons—featuring the talents of multi-instrumentalist Bryce Robertson, keyboardist Ian Taylor and drummer Allen Tucker.  Alongside Moore’s pleasant […]

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Only going up

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Blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey to play Oddbody’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Kelly Richey plays Oddbody’s Saturday, Dec. 19; photo: Sonya Ziegler Cincinnati-based veteran blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey is set to release a new album early next year titled, Shakedown Soul. It will be Richey’s 16th album in a career spanning 35 years. In anticipation of […]

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Eager to please

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The Black Lillies to play Oddbody’s Music Room By Justin Kreitzer Photo: The Black Lillies perform at Oddbody’s on Nov. 19; photo: Joseph Llanes The Black Lillies are a Knoxville-based Americana band led by singer-songwriter Cruz Contreras. Their hybrid sound effortlessly blends elements of classic country and western, and dusty folk-rock with punchy Motown-like horns […]

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A tune of one’s own

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Holly Williams’ original Americana at MU Hamilton By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Holly Williams performs Nov. 14 at Miami University in Hamilton; photo: Heather Baker Nashville-based singer-songwriter Holly Williams comes from country music royalty—her father is Hank Williams Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Williams. That kind of pressure and the lofty expectations could have easily […]

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Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]