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The dark, sweet sound of death

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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!

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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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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 […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

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 […]