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Spin It: Tender Mercy

Tender Mercy, The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell EP [Drunkenstein Records] Tender Mercy’s The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell is an exploratory and experimental record, unlike anything I’ve recently laid ears on. Free of rock cynicism or pompous overproduction, the record emerges as an incredibly personal portrait of former […]

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Spin It: Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 2011, Sour Mash Life is full of surprises. A few of them are good; many are terrible. To paraphrase Radiohead, sometimes we want no surprises. Noel Gallagher’s first solo album unveils a distinct lack of shock -and thank God. For true Oasis fans, listening to Noel Gallagher’s High […]

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Spin It: Part Chimp / Torche

Part Chimp / Torche Split [Chunklet Industries] To celebrate their November U.S. tour together, sludgy English rock band Part Chimp teamed with Florida metal maestros Torche for a limited-edition (500 copies pressed), split 12” record.  For their half of the split, Torche deliver their take on three classics from Dayton hometown heroes Guided By Voices. […]

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Spin It: Kasabian, Velociraptor!

RCA, Columbia   2011 Oasis was notorious for comparing themselves to the Beatles. This, of course, was utter nonsense. Yet Noel Gallagher could craft a top tune, younger brother Liam boasted a feral “rock star” presence and Lennon-like pipes. Together they captured the mid-90s Britpop zeitgeist. Similarly, Leicestershire-raised Kasabian often suggest they rank near Oasis, with […]

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Spin It: Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness

Album Review: Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness 2011, Wichita Recordings Tom Campesinos!, the guitarist and songwriter for Welsh seven-piece Los Campesinos!, has been blessed with the skill to compose deceptively catchy indie-rock ballads and anthems. Perhaps he has been blessed with great patience as well, for the band’s lyricist and lead singer, Gareth Campesinos!, seems to […]

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Spin It: Nicholas Payton, Bitches

Nicholas Payton, Bitches 2011, IN+OUT Records This October I was floored by the Nicholas Payton Quartet at New York’s Birdland. Backed by Chris Smith (bass), Lawrence Fields (piano) and Ulysses Owens (drums), Payton played his trumpet with vision and rage, blasting the audience with cool, bop and New Orleans jazz. Often he started a song […]

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Front Row: Season of the witch

Skeletonwitch comes to Newport and Columbus With four full-length studio albums, a pair of EPs and numerous national and international tours under their belts, southeastern Ohio head-bangers, Skeletonwitch, have been making huge waves in the modern metal scene. In 2008, the band earned a support slot for Danzig’s “The Blackest of the Black” tour, their […]

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Spin It: Lou Reed and Metallica

Lou Reed and Metallica team up with “The View” Hipsters and rednecks realize they have other things in common besides their hatred of this song So, the collaboration everyone has been waiting for. No, wait. That was Insane Clown Posse and Jack White. No, wait. Lou Reed and Metallica? I don’t think anyone was expecting […]

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Spin it: You’re Welcome, 9/20/11

Unleash the Nightbeast The new sophomore album from Dayton rapper/jokester/all-around nice guy Nick Testa — aka the Nightbeast — is titled You’re Welcome. And it’s definitely enough to make even the most jaded hip-hop fan exclaim “Thank you!”
Testa’s long-awaited follow-up to his nerdcore rap classic-in-the-making Inside Jokes For Outside Folks is a joyously nutty good […]

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Spin it: All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, 9/20/11

The Body All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood [At a Loss Records] This slab o’ wax is a vinyl-only reissue of The Body’s magnum opus All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, which was originally released in 2010. I must say, the hype the album received is justified as All […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]