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Who is Ernie Johnson from Detroit?

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Cincy funk band set to bless Trolley Stop By Joey Ferber   Photo: Ernie Johnson from Detroit’s (l-r) Collin Thompson, Wayne Kilgard, Drew Loftspring, Nathan Lewis, Eric Osmanoglu, and Dusty Bryant take on Trolley Stop March 17; photo: Kristoph Klein   All we knew about the Cincinnati band was that whomever Ernie Johnson is, he—or […]

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Fighting through turbulence

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Flying Underground rises again at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Flying Underground’s (l-r) drummer Chris Arduser, lead vocalist Kelly McCracken, guitarist Brian Lovely, and bassist Dave Ramos; photo: Sybilka Storie   It should come as no surprise that some of the best art is often created amidst the turmoil and adversity of life events […]

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No longer an Odd Girl Out

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Anne E. Dechant brings her stories back to Ohio By Tim Walker Photo: Ann E. Dechant shares her stories on stage across her native state this weekend photo: Rachel Smook “You’re always going to hear good songs and good stories,” says Anne E. Dechant, talking about her upcoming tour. “Story-laden songs, yes, but upbeat. Fun […]

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Continents of music collide

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Del Sol Quartet and didgeridooist Stephen Kent find common ground at UD By Megan Constable Photo: Del Sol Quartet’s (l-r) violinst Benjamin Kreith, violinist Rick Shinozaki, violist Charlton Lee, and cellist Kathryn Bates; photo: RJ Muna Not many people have heard the elegant sounds of a string quartet accompanied by a didgeridoo. The University of Dayton is […]

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Wearing a Southern Gothic mood ring

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Ancient Warfare rides the sonic terrain at Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Ancient Warfare’s (l-r) Derek Rhineheimer, Echo Wilcox, Rachel Yanarella, and Emily Hagihara photo: Ann Sydney Taylor The Southern Gothic genre owes a lot to writers like Tennessee Williams and Cormac McCarthy, the first season of True Detective, and a boatload of heavy-lidded […]

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Classic cocktail of sound

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Pink Martini shakes things up at the Schuster By Tim Walker Photo: Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes backed by Pink Martini’s ‘little orchestra’photo: Chris Hornbeckerphoto: Chris Hornbecker   Pink Martini occupies a unique niche in the world of modern music, combining classical, pop, jazz, and lounge music with Latin beats and lush vocals. The melange […]

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All that jazz

Jazz

Ellis Marsalis and Sherrie Maricle headline Beavercreek’s Weekend of Jazz By Gary Spencer Photo:Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra co-headline the 17th annual Weekend of Jazz Festival March 2-4; photo: Shaun Mader Jazz is one of America’s biggest and most important contributions to modern culture. Born of southern African-American culture in the late 19th century, […]

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‘This is not a test’

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TobyMac’s experimented sound at the Nutter Center By Alan Sculley Photo: TobyMac performs at the Nutter Center March 10; photo: True Artist Management     TobyMac says one thought he had as he went in to make his latest studio album, This Is Not A Test, was to create “soul” music. That doesn’t mean the […]

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The witching hour

Rock

The witching hour Doctor Smoke stays up late at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Matt Tluchowski (left) and Steve Lehocky of Doctor Smoke keep the audience up late at Blind Bob’s Feb. 24 photo: Paul Workmeister, Miser Photography Doctor Smoke has examined Blind Bob’s, and the prognosis is good. “We’ve played Blind Bob’s two or […]

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Coming to terms

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The Grove grows up and moves on at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 By Justin Kreitzer Photo: (l-r) Matt Holt, Matt Forsthoefel, Jeff Voegele, and Adam Forsthoefel of The Grove bring roots rock to Jimmie’s on Feb. 24; photo: Eric Rutherford Rising Cincinnati-based roots rock band The Grove is led by the smooth vocals and smoking lead […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]