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The dark, sweet sound of death


Modern Halloween rock that’ll turn your hair white  By Nick Schwab Photo: The KVB//Always Then and Immaterial Visions    “I remember ———Halloween,” goes the chorus of that classic Misfits song; a staple of their discography that is also named after that festivity. It is also a sentiment that can be the very spark of creativity that has […]

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The Hummingbird Effect

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Local Natives’ second album is darker, more emotional  By Nick Schwab Photo: Local Natives visit Cincinnati March 25 and Columbus March 26 with their new album, Hummingbird; photo credit: Bryan Sheffield They say three times is a charm … but why not less? Local Natives is a band that had a fantastic first album in Gorilla […]

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Truth, not spoof


Green Day’s un-romanticized “American Idiot”  By Nick Schwab Photo: Alex Nee as Johnny in “American Idiot,” playing at the Victoria Theatre March 12-14; Photo credit: John Daughtry “Punk rock is about breaking out of the box,” stated Trent Saunders who plays St. Jimmy in the “American Idiot” musical. “So what is more punk rock than creating […]

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Viva Detroit!

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Hot Club of Detroit channel the spirit of Gypsy Jazz By Nick Schwab Photo credit: Anna Webber  If you place bets and are a football fan, then you probably bet on who would be the winner of the Super Bowl shortly ago. You either won or you lost, but you surely didn’t know the exact outcome. That […]

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This ain’t your normal country band! … but it also is


Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons adhere to and subvert traditions  By Nick Schwab Nowadays music has to be extra special to retain interest. Whether it be due to there being so much music out there, the new market for singles, or even the short attention spans spawned by video games, listeners make up their […]

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The end of the tunnel


Riley discuss suicide in their EP series By Nick Schwab The saying goes: “Oh, to be young again.” Children have it so easy. They don’t yet realize that the mirthful and sunny side of life has a depressing underbelly. It works in music, too. Certain music can be likened to one’s carefree childhood, as it […]

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The rhythm of Burundi


Victoria Theatre hears the sound of Africa By Nick Schwab When people think of drummers, they most often think of Neal Peart or John Bonham. But there’s a type of drumming with a different sort of heart and soul, and The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi will show you what it means to pay […]

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Is that Honest Abe?


Roots/country musician Justin Townes Earle is unusually heartfelt and honest By Nick Schwab The star complex is often, in fact, a veil; a sort of mask that hides the artist’s real problems from the world. Stars are often just as dishonest as politicians are.  It’s less problematic and one admits they have a good reason […]

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Raising the dead


Holy Ghost Tent Revival Does Canal Street By Nick Schwab Holy Ghost Tent revival is a band that started as a sweet and gentle folk band, but has since gotten louder while still retaining their heart and soul. It is the type of music that one can listen to while laying back looking at a […]

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No peanut butter here. Just jam!

The Werk Out 2011

Werk Out Festival’s third year moves to Legend Valley By Nick Schwab The Wizard of Oz was far ahead of its time with its classic mantra, “There’s no place like home.” Whether the red carpet has been brought out for you like a movie star or royalty, the comfort of “home” is a beautiful thing. […]

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Cocked and ready to kick out the jams


90s Reloaded multiple bands tribute show at Canal Street Tavern By Nick Schwab Do you hear that? It is the sweet sound of 1990s music coming back again. Glory! Glory!! Hallelujah! The 1990s was a turbulent time for the art form that would forever change the face of the industry. It was also probably the […]

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All Good Time, All Good Fun


All Good Festival comes to Ohio in its 16th year By Nick Schwab The sweltering Ohio summer is in the air–one of the hottest on record, in fact– the girls are in bikinis and this is the time of the season for lovin’. It is also that time for us neo-hippies and music enthusiasts to […]

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Diamonds in the Rough


Music You Should Hear… Or Shouldn’t By Nick Schwab A Place To Bury Strangers—Worship [Dead Oceans] The shoegazers, A Place to Bury Strangers, can often be called a retooling — in this case of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3– but this comparison is not a restriction, but rather a compliment. They are […]

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Livin’ in the Now


Paleface Looks Neither to his Past nor the Future By Nick Schwab Paleface lives in the here and now because it does not make sense to be passé, while the future is always unpredictable. He also doesn’t want to restrict or limit himself and his music solely by words created by others to define his […]

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…And The Wheels Keep Rolling On


And Are Now Recording a New Album By Nick Schwab Music is an art form that is often for disaffected youth. However, the Yellow Springs, Ohio band Wheels works as a sort of counterpoint to this belief. Whether it be Iggy Pop screaming “I Wanna Be Your Dog” or Tupac’s “Thug Life” movement, the rebellion […]

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The Dirty Clergy Won’t Be Kept Down


Regardless of Facing Blind Criticism, Art Will Prevail By Nick Schwab Despite The Dirty Clergy facing hometown ridicule in their largely religious and conservative city of Winfield, Alabama, the band hopes to start the new rock and roll transmission. Are you already receiving on their frequency? “A lot of the people [here] ask about the […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]