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Skeletonwitch tours in support of fifth album By Tim Anderl  Photo: Skeltonwitch perform at Newport Music Hall in Columbus on Oct. 7; photo: Magdalena Wolinska When I first encountered Scott Hedrick, he was a quiet and unassuming, shaggy-haired undergrad studying at one of the top journalism schools in the country. (Go Bobcats!) At some point during […]

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Punk isn’t dead …

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… it just sounds different  By Tim Anderl   Photo: The Tillers performing at Fitzgeralds Nightclub in Chicago In 2013, with an immense world of music just mouse clicks away, what was once considered punk is almost completely irrelevant. While tenants of the ideology still exist, the punk sound often barely resembles the aggressive, three-chord racket […]

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Melt The Sky

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Red Hot Rebellion deliver 100,000 megawatts of rock n’ roll By Tim Anderl Photo: Red Hot Rebellion release Melt the Sky at Blind Bob’s Aug. 30; photo: courtesy of Red Hot Rebellion   “Melt The Sky,” the title track from Red Hot Rebellion’s (RHR) new EP was conceived last summer when vocalist/bassist Jim Tramontana became obsessed with […]

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The little frames that could

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Featherwood Frames embraces sustainable, environmentally-sound artisanship  By: Tim Anderl  Photo: Seeing eye to eye: [l to r] David Flowers and Brett Nagafuchi of Featherwood Frames talk shop with David Brown, owner of Eye 1 in Oakwood // Photo: Bill Franz Anyone who knows who Steve Urkel, Poindexter and Clark Kent are acknowledges the act of using/wearing […]

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The call of the wild

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The Ghost Wolves punk-leaning, rock howl to town By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Jonny and Carley Wolf of The Ghost Wolves will perform at South Park Tavern on Friday, Aug. 2 Austin, Texas duo The Ghost Wolves deliver a rabid and raw sound that draws inspiration from across the musical spectrum. Blending blues, punk, […]

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Destroy, oh boy!

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Michigan’s Destroy This Place brings thrash pop to Gem City  By Tim AnderlPhoto: Detroit spazz-poppers Destroy This Place visit Blind Bob’s on July 26; Photo credit: Doug Coombe  Michigan’s Destroy This Place is comprised of dual singing guitarists Ryan Allen (formerly of Thunderbirds Are Now!), John Nelson (of indie-pop faves New Grenada), bassist Monday Busque and […]

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The boys of Summer

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Dayton rockers deliver concept EPs By Tim Anderl Photo: Red Hot Rebellion deliver their rock revival, the Melt the SkyEP   The idea of the concept album has long been present in rock lore. Ziggy Stardust, The Wall and, more recently, American Idiot and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Rock diehards recognize, adopt and develop deep […]

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A Rollin’ Stone

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Trey Stone’s humor-tinged rock at Canal Street By Tim Anderl Photo: Trey Stone celebrates the release of Ahead of the Pack at Canal Street Tavern June 22; photo credit: Jennifer Taylor Clarke For 15 years, Trey Stone’s passion for music and comedy existed in harmony as he served as musical director for Chicago’s The Second City […]

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Stronger For It

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Janiva Magness transformed by rhythm and blues By Tim Anderl Photo: Janiva Magness will perform on June 14 at Canal Street Tavern; photo credit: Peter Wochniak With more than three decades in the music business, American blues and soul singer/songwriter Janiva Magness is a stellar and studied entertainer who has emerged as one of the premier […]

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Transatlanticism

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This Is Thunder’s overseas collaboration yields ambitious debut By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Nopse [aka Marc Navoizat] and Jen Schnade of This is Thunder This Is Thunder grew out of a transatlantic bond and concrete desire to create together in spite of geographical boundaries. It takes a certain unity of vision to make a […]

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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 […]

Vitality Check: 6/7/16

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Say ahhhh, cough and…happy birthday By Rocco Castellano Maybe I’m just getting a little more sensitive in my old age… […]