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Have amps, will travel

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Ampline plugs in at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: [l to r] Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery; photo: Keith Klenowski The art of the power trio seems to have fallen by the wayside in rock music in the 21st century. There is a special kind of magic that presents itself when just one […]

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He’s with the band

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Into It. Over It. brings full band to Columbus By Tim Anderl Photo: Evan Weiss brings Into it. Over It to The Basement in Columbus on Feb. 27; photo: Shervin Lainez Intersections, the latest album from Into It. Over It., builds on an impressive catalog spanning multiple albums and EPs delivered by prolific Chicago-based songwriter Evan […]

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Melody and the futuristic crescendo

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The Receiver brings fresh sounds to Blind Bob’s By Zach Rogers Photo: Bassist/vocalist Casey Cooper of The Receiver; the band performs at Blind Bob’s on Feb. 22 For The Receiver, a band from Columbus, Ohio, made up of brothers Casey and Jesse Cooper, 2014 couldn’t come quickly enough. After various snags and bumps in the road, […]

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The Brothers are back in town!

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Smug Brothers reunite with two new releases By Leo DeLuca Photo: Smug Brothers release their new album at South Park Tavern on Feb. 22; photo: Jordan Frei Smug Brothers celebrate the release of their new album On the Way to the Punchline, Saturday, Feb. 22. The all-ages show takes place at South Park Tavern. Human Cannonball, […]

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Roads to pretty metal

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Deafheaven brings critically-acclaimed wall of sound to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: Deafheaven performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 19 If you spent any time scouring the year end Best of 2013 lists of both critics and fans, you’ve probably heard of the band Deafheaven. Their sophomore full-length record, Sunbather, was an instant […]

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No parking on the dance floor

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. brings electro-pop to Cincinnati By Zach Rogers Photo: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will visit the 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati Feb. 14; photo: Frank Maddocks When you name your band after one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, you’re bound to get a few confused looks. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have overcome […]

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Dating a band from Dayton

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Fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival at Gilly’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Local alt-rock favorites Gathering Mercury will perform at the fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival at Gillly’s Feb. 14-15 The fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival will return this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-15 at Gilly’s. Boasting an impressive lineup that […]

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The science of noise

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Death metal legends Dark Tranquillity ready to reign in Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Dark Tranquility will perform on Feb. 11 at Skully’s Music Diner in Columbus; photo: Daniel Falk Some bands are content to rest on their past glories and achievements. For Swedish metal-ers Dark Tranquillity, resting on their name and reputation alone just ain’t how […]

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Give a little love

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Wild Cub introduces artfulness to dance jams By Tim Anderl Photo: Wild Cub performs on Feb. 10 at The Basement in Columbus; photo: Allister Ann Nashville, Tenn. band Wild Cub, led by songwriter/composer Keegan Dewitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock, delivers songs that transition seamlessly between electro-pop, cinematic and danceable new wave and groove with tropical rhythms. […]

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Nashville nostalgia

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Grace Adele and the Grand Band at Trolley Stop By Rusty Pate Photo: Grace Adele (right) and musical partner Keenan Wade (left) forged a fruitful musical relationship based on a deep love of classic country and vintage Americana sounds; photo: Kendra Krantz Anyone that has been to Nashville knows it is a town bursting at the […]

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Sleeping on the job

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Columbus’ Sleep Fleet record release at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Guitarist Corey Montgomery and Sleep Fleet celebrate the release of Hudson & High at Blind Bob’s on Feb. 1; photo: Megan Leigh Barnard Sleep Fleet’s upbeat brand of punk-tinged, crooning indie rock n’ roll tunes have developed among lineup changes and relocation. From their […]

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Different days

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Jason Isbell brings country/rock soul to Cincinnati By Zach Rogers Photo: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 3; photo: Michael Wilson 2013 was a great year for music, and nobody seems to be enjoying the fruits of their labor more than Jason Isbell. Since the release […]

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Fear, love, beauty and pain

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Black Angels bring psychedelic religion to Southgate House Revival By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Angels perform at Southgate House Revival on Feb. 7; photo: Alexandra ValentiOne trend I’ve noticed in the past few years is the resurgence of interest in music rooted in ’60s psychedelic rock. The annual Austin Psych Fest keeps getting larger each year, […]

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Leaving fingerprints

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Crooks on Tape steals hearts with pop mastery By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] John Schmersal, Joey Galvan and Rick Lee Crooks on Tape perform at Rockstar Pro Arena on Jan. 30 John Schmersal is perhaps best known to Dayton music aficionados and fans as one quarter of one of the Gem City’s most celebrated bands, […]

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That what is naught

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Stolen Babies merge heavy rock with heavy theater By Gary Spencer Photo: Cabaret/metal trio Stolen Babies will perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Jan. 26; photo: courtesy of Stolen Babies In the world of the performing arts, the mixing of heavy, guitar-based music and the artiness of theater seem to rarely cross paths. Sure, there are […]

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Ear to the tracks

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New music for the new year By Justin Kreitzer Here are three excellent new albums to get your new year started off with a bang! Ray Tarantino//Good Things Will Happen//Tiny Drum Records   Rising singer/songwriter Ray Tarantino will release his third album, Good Things Will Happen, via Tiny Drum Records in May, though it is available […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]