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One guitarist + two guitars = Narrow/Arrow at Bob’s By Matt Clevenger It was a random YouTube video that originally led Narrow/Arrow guitarist Cody Nicolas to start experimenting with his own new playing style. “My freshman year, I watched a YouTube video of this player named Erik Mongrain,” Nicolas says. “The song is called ‘Air […]

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Rag, mama, rag

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The Ragbirds flock to Peach’s By Miranda Brooks The Ragbirds have been at it for 10 years now, officially. The Ann Arbor-based five-piece is endearingly ragged-y, and the gaggle (or flock?) is led by a true songbird, their frontwoman, Erin Zindle. The band’s traditional, acoustic instrumentation could easily classify them singularly as folk. But the […]

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Wide range of rock

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Columbus rock festival celebrates 10th year By Justin Kreitzer Rock On The Range—the largest rock festival in the United States—is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year with its best lineup yet. Headliners Disturbed, Rob Zombie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers along with Deftones, Megadeth, a recently reunited At the Drive-In and more than 50 […]

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Lost gems in your record bins

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Music critic Greg Prato explains what you’re missing By Justin Kreitzer Long Island, New York-based music critic and author Greg Prato recently released a new book titled, “Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention.” Previously his writing has been featured in Rolling Stone and he has written books about Primus, Faith No More, the grunge […]

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The simple impossible

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Canada’s small-town country star Codie Prevost at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Lisa Bennett Theodore Roethke once said, “What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.” If that statement is true, then this world needs a whole lot more people like the Award-winning Canadian country star, Codie Prevost. Over the past several years, this […]

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B-A-N-J-O

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Ragtime stays alive with Kettering Banjo Society By Jimaur Calhoun I will admit, I am not too familiar with the banjo. I grew up in the music video era and I never saw Michael Jackson, Prince or Public Enemy strumming on one, so the instrument wasn’t on my radar. However, the banjo has always had […]

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Metal’s mythical beasts

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Stoner metal with Casino Warrior at Bob’s By Mike Ritchie The Cincinnati stoner-prog outfit Casino Warrior are young but have amassed a decent following since last year’s inception. They specialize in “Clash of the Titans”-themed songs about Medusa, mythical beings and beasts including half-man and half-horse centaurs. While still in the metal crib, so to […]

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Swan song

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Escher String Quartet returns to close the 2016 Vanguard Concerts season By Gary Spencer Music and performing arts organizations are a hard thing to sustain. Often times they are based out of nonprofit endeavors and have to rely on donations from the public. People in the public can be fickle as tastes change, trends come […]

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The root of all metal

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Death metal role model Suffocation shreds Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Some musical movements and eras have so much impact and lasting influence that they are timeless. This argument can be made for the first wave of heavy metal subgenre of death metal. While what many historians and fans consider to be the very first death […]

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(F)unpredictable

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Rum River Blend brings wild bluegrass to Troy’s Mayflower Arts Center Theater By Tim Smith Go to any community—large, small or in-between—and you’ll find a group of friends who get together to play music. Some do it in church, some make a name for themselves outside their hometown and some do it just for fun. […]

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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 […]

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 […]