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All the same

Australia’s Sick Puppies ready to connect with Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Sick Puppies will perform June 25 at JD Legend’s; photo: Myriam Santon It is somewhat unusual the Miami Valley gets an internationally touring band on its musical calendar in any given year. But that rarity will become the case this Friday, when Australian hard […]

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Kick out the jams

Road warriors Ekoostik Hookah return to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 By Rusty Pate Photo: Ekoostik Hookah will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 18 Ekoostik Hookah has become an institution on the Ohio live music scene. Formed in 1991 and weathering more lineup changes than most bands could handle, Hookah has built a following the old fashioned […]

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Not in it for the money

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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This band could save your life

Beebs and her Money Makers return to Ohio on Warped Tour By Tim Anderl Photo: Beebs and her Money Makers will perform at the Vans Warped Tour on July 16 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati; photo: Keith Betterley Orlando, Fla.’s Beebs And Her Money Makers began their summer-long stint on the Vans Warped Tour in […]

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Ohio creativity, post-Internet

Dayton native Keith Rankin and Giant Claw at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Album artwork for “Free Willy Style” by Keith Rankin Keith Rankin is multi-talented. The Dayton native plays in both the sound collage project Giant Claw and the electronic duo Cream Juice, runs experimental label Orange Milk Records, creates visual art and composes […]

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Renaissance man

Rapper Blueprint digs into writing, management and music By Tim Anderl Photo: Blueprint will perform at Hole In The Wall on July 4; photo: Bridget Brown The world’s most renowned architects are likely to have a few things in common; the ability to recognize that small and subtle details can result in game-changing flourishes, and that […]

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Fortunate son

Human jukebox Nick Mitchell releases new album By Kyle Melton Photo: [l to r] Marty Romie, Jay Scott, Scot Givens and Nick Mitchell of the Skeptical Cats; photo: Pam Mitchell For musicians, the idea of making a living by playing music is the dream. Many musicians work hard at their craft and struggle to find an […]

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Are you there, Dayton?

The Judy Blooms at Jimmie’s Ladder By Brandon Semler Photo: Jake Giesige and Angel Allende of The Judy Blooms; photo: Kristen Swiat After relocating from Dayton to Brooklyn and cycling through several band members, Jake Giesige thinks he has finally found a winning combination with his indie two-piece, The Judy Blooms. He will get the opportunity […]

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Catching the light

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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Folkin’ rock ‘n’ roll!

Cincinnati’s Frontier Folk Nebraska comes to Canal Public House By Rusty Pate Photo: Michael Hensley, Travis Talbert, Steven Oder and Nathan Wagner of Frontier Folk Nebraska Rock ‘n’ roll has become such a bastardized term. While modern culture has absorbed it, allowing any hack to don leather pants, grab a Gibson Flying V and flash a […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]