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Ear to the tracks

New albums to start off summer By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Fourth of July; photo credit: Nick Krug Artist: Fourth Of July // Album: Empty Moon // Label:  High Dive Records // Release Date: April 9, 2013  In April, Kansas-based band Fourth Of July released Empty Moon,their third album and debut for new K.C.-based label High Dive […]

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This Is Thunder’s overseas collaboration yields ambitious debut By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Nopse [aka Marc Navoizat] and Jen Schnade of This is Thunder This Is Thunder grew out of a transatlantic bond and concrete desire to create together in spite of geographical boundaries. It takes a certain unity of vision to make a […]

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Dynamic duo

Japandroids put the ‘wham, pow, bam’ in indie rock By Tim Anderl Photo: Japandroids play Columbus June 12 [l to r] Brian King and Dave Prowse; photo credit: Leigh Righton It is nearly impossible to fathom that the sound generated by two-piece Canadian rock phenomenon Japandroids isn’t the result of a much larger powerhouse sextet or […]

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Lords of light

Torche blaze path for melodic metal By Tim Anderl Photo: Torche brings their melodic metal to Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Monday, June 3; Photo credit: Gary Copeland For the better part of the past decade, Miami, Fla. outfit Torche has emerged a triumphant and powerful quartet responsible for pioneering their own brand of groovy, melodic […]

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Great things come in little packages

sami.the.great at Ghostlight Coffeehouse By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sami.the.Great will perform at Ghostlight Coffeehouse on June 2; photo credit: Laura Crosta Brooklyn-based musician Sami Akbari, who also records and performs under the moniker sami.the.great, is currently on tour in support of her excellent self-titled debut album released in early 2012 by Bold Love Records. […]

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The big parade

Denver’s The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati June 2; photo credit: Scarlet Page In 2009, Stelth Ulvang was one of dozens of Denver musicians who got a message from a New Jersey duo that was moving to Colorado and looking for contacts and […]

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The music never stopped

Dark Star Jubilee honors Grateful Dead  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Dark Star Orchestra headlines Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley May 24-26 Deadheads unite! This year the second annual Dark Star Jubilee music festival is taking place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, and as any Deadhead will tell you, Legend Valley is a magical musical […]

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About a Mover

Hospital Garden celebrates release of third album By Gary Spencer Photo: Chicago trio Hospital Garden bring their new album Moverto Blind Bob’s on May 26; [l to r] Erik Rasmussen, Sarah Carey and Lucas Hollow  There seems to be a slogan going around the Gem City for probably decades now. It’s something to the effect of “people […]

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The hills are alive!

Nelsonville Music Festival returns By Leo DeLuca photo: Wilco headlines at Nelsonville Music Festival the weekend of May 30-June 2; photo credit: Austin Nelson Located a mere two hours from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) heads into its ninth year with a phenomenal lineup featuring Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Mavis Staples, Jonathan Richman and many […]

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Homegrown heroes

The Story Changes celebrate release of Static and Trembling  By Zach Rogers Photo: [l to r] Mark McMillon and Christopher “Poppy” Lee of The Story Changes will celebrate the release of their new album, Static and Trembling,at Blind Bob’s on May 18 How much noise can two people make? How loud can it get? And most […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]