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Fear, love, beauty and pain

Black Angels bring psychedelic religion to Southgate House Revival By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Angels perform at Southgate House Revival on Feb. 7; photo: Alexandra ValentiOne trend I’ve noticed in the past few years is the resurgence of interest in music rooted in ’60s psychedelic rock. The annual Austin Psych Fest keeps getting larger each year, […]

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Ear to the tracks

New music for the new year By Justin Kreitzer Here are three excellent new albums to get your new year started off with a bang! Ray Tarantino//Good Things Will Happen//Tiny Drum Records   Rising singer/songwriter Ray Tarantino will release his third album, Good Things Will Happen, via Tiny Drum Records in May, though it is available […]

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The best tick and woody cults

New year – new albums By L. Kent Wolgamott Welcome to 2014, everyone! As we set out into the void of another year, let’s take a look at a few releases that you may have missed at the end of 2013. After all, it’s never too late to catch up to great music… Cults//Static//Columbia Records  […]

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Funky folk

Tracy Walker at Peach’s in Yellow Springs By Rusty Pate Photo: Cincinnati- singer/songwriter Tracy Walker will perform at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs on Jan. 11 Tracy Walker has been at the forefront of the Cincinnati folk scene since cofounding the group Ain’t Helen in the mid-1990s. Since branching out on her own, she has […]

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The Wonderful Wizard of WOO

Bernie Worrell Orchestra brings funky magic to Gem City  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Funk legend Bernie Worrell brings the Bernie Worrell Orchestra to the Venue on Third on Dec. 28; photo: Brian Diescher Once upon a time, in this kingdom, two great and powerful wizards shared a meal. One wizard turned to the other during […]

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Getting loud – going green

Papadosio brings Earth Night back to Columbus  By Zach Rogers   Photo: Papadosio’s Earth Night brings music and green ideas together; Photo: Brian Hockensmith This time last year, the world was in a bit of a hubbub. The focus was centered on a particular date: Dec. 21, 2012. For many, it meant the end of the world, […]

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Lights, lasers and cats … oh my!

Anamanaguchi bring their 8-bit rock to Cincinnati By Zach Rogers Photo: New York-based chiptune quartet Anamanaguchi will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Dec. 17 Sometimes, bands choose to make music the conventional way, with guitars, drums, keyboards … those kinds of things. Other times, they use an old Atari, Nintendo or Game Boy […]

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Country strong

Zac Brown Band heads to Dayton  By Sarah Sidlow   Zac Brown Band is coming to Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Thursday, Dec. 12. The three-time Grammy-winning southern septet is hauling out their entire repertoire, including cuts off their latest album Uncaged, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2012. […]

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Werking through the holidays

The Werks deliver annual tradition for Ohio fans  By Rusty Pate   Photo: The Werks will present their annual Werksgiving event at the Madison Theatre on Nov. 30 Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family come home and put their daily lives on hold to break bread. It is a moment for reflection about what’s […]

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The glow of last season

New albums for a fall spin By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott  Photo: Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star returns after a 17-year hiatus with Seasons of Your Day   The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting long. Seems like a perfect time to huddle up next to the playback device of your […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]