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This ain’t your normal country band! … but it also is

Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons adhere to and subvert traditions  By Nick Schwab Nowadays music has to be extra special to retain interest. Whether it be due to there being so much music out there, the new market for singles, or even the short attention spans spawned by video games, listeners make up their […]

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Sweet anticipation

15 forthcoming albums to listen up for in early 2013  By Tim Anderl Your favorite music releases from 2012 are tucked neatly in your record shelves and iTunes library. While 2012 was clearly a year when Top 40 popped, hip-hoppers hip-hopped and metalheads moshed, 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for music […]

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From the mayor’s office to the big top

Jason Webber joins the “Dark Carnival”  By Tim Anderl If interviewing artists and musicians for nearly two decades has left me with nothing else, it has sharpened my radar for spotting self-congratulating, self-important narcissists and finely tuned my bullshit meter. And when I spotted Jason Webber, who I’d not previously met, wearing a Hugh Hefner […]

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

Homemade fuse disparate influences for rootsy sound  By Tim Anderl Homemade, an Ohio-based quartet assembled by Buffalo Killers  guitarist Andy Gabbard, delivers a sound that blends elements of country, rock and psychedelia that appeals to a new generation of rockers who appreciate Americana and alt-country for its rootsy, down-home approach. Listeners raised on a combination […]

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All alone in this big, big world

Trin Tran demystifies what it means to be a band  By Zach Rogers When you first set eyes on him, it demands a second glance. A bass drum, some keyboards and him, Trin Tran, with his guitar in hand and a pint of beer within arm’s reach. Because honestly, with so much to control at […]

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Dark summer, absurd sex, heart infatuation and definitive veto

The sounds of a questionable future  By Benjamin Smith New Year’s resolutions are lies, people. Lies! Are you really going to lose weight, quit smoking and become brilliant? No. You are going to stay fat and gross and stupid. Yet you can start 2013 on a slightly improved foot simply by trying something new this […]

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Lifting “Lid”

Cricketbows readies ambitious third LP  By Tim Anderl In 2010, Chad Wells experienced a spiritual awakening while awaiting the birth of his second child. The result was his dynamic first album recorded under the Cricketbows moniker. The aural excursions executed on Home defied genre classification and illuminated psychedelic, Americana, folk, country and a variety of […]

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Radiohead, singing children and synthesizers

OK KID: Worst of all albums, end of all culture  By Benjamin Smith As the proud father of a precocious 10-year-old, I feel I have the experience and wisdom to proclaim, with impunity, that children are terrible. Seriously, they ruin everything. Children piss on your shoes, eat all the cupcakes, vomit at operas. Children ruin […]

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… And the first post-apocalyptic Grammy goes to?

Local musician Dutch Peters readies album to be released in event of Apocalypse  By W.C. Ruffnel “War is just a war/A Ford is just a Ford/When fire rains from the sky/You’ll wish you were in my bunker.” -Dutch Peters, “I’m Prepared” Dutch Peters is no stranger to extenuating circumstances. When was 12, he claims that […]

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I feel fine

Songs for the end of the world By Tim Anderl So, the Mayan calendar is running out of days. Does this mean we can quit sweating the “fiscal cliff”? Does it mean that our coupons for buy one, get one free Big Macs will remain unused in 2013, because there won’t be a 2013? My […]

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Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]

25 years, 25,000 acres

Tecumseh Land Trust, local artists partner in natural landscapes exhibition By Tara Pettit Photo: Steven Walker, The Other Side of […]