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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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A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

Ohio’s Lydia Loveless returns for Bunbury Music Festival By Rusty Pate Photo: Lydia Loveless released her second album, Somewhere Else in Februrary 2014; photo: Patrick Crawford/Blackletter Music festivals have become a rite of passage for music lovers. They offer fans a chance to not only see the bands and artists already known, but the ability to venture […]

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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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Riddle of the Sphinx

Akron’s Ultrasphinx at Canal Public House by Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ultrasphinx will play at Canal Public House on July 2; photo: Geoff Hill Ultrasphinx, from Akron, are an awesome band. Stringing together ringing, math-y guitar riffs, pulsing, distorted bass and tight drum rhythms, Ultrasphinx sounds like they’ve just stepped out of a time machine directly from […]

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Sounds of summer

Four picks to sizzle your speakers By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: La Sera // Hour of the Dawn // Hardly Art   La Sera // Hour of the Dawn // Hardly Art Former Vivian Girl Katy Goodman turns up the noise on Hour of The Dawn, the third album from her project, La Sera. In […]

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Similar skin

Umphrey’s McGee at Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Photo: Umphrey’s McGee will perform on June 28 at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Chris Monaghan Umphrey’s McGee is known for playing a diverse range of rock music. Their live sets, which sometimes run upwards of three hours, can run the gamut from expansive prog-ish rock – “Day Nurse” –  […]

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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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A romp in the swamp

A day of blues and Cajun at Fraze Pavilion By Brandon Semler Photo: Ellie Lee & Blues Fury will open the Swamp Romp Blues Fest at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Ben Robinson | Schlegel Creative The bluesy, bayou jamfest Swamp Romp Blues Fest will hit Fraze Pavillion on Sunday, June 22. The free, all-day festival will feature […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

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 […]