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Janiva Magness in concert at Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO on Aug 3, 2012.

Janiva Magness transformed by rhythm and blues By Tim Anderl Photo: Janiva Magness will perform on June 14 at Canal Street Tavern; photo credit: Peter Wochniak With more than three decades in the music business, American blues and soul singer/songwriter Janiva Magness is a stellar and studied entertainer who has emerged as one of the premier […]

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Dynamic duo

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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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The big parade

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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 hills are alive!

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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

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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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Not just a ‘side’ show

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Live local music and performance art at Sideshow 8 By Gary Spencer photo: Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite perform at Sideshow 8 on May 10; photo credit: Jennifer Clarke While there is little doubt that local visual art is the backbone of the yearly Sideshow event presented by the Dayton Circus Creative Collective coinciding with Urban […]

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Shredding home

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Marnie Stern with Dayton’s Nithin Kalvakota plays Canal Street  By Leo DeLuca Photo: Marnie Stern brings her distinctive brand of guitar-centric bubblegum pop to Canal Street Tavern on May 8 Marnie Stern, frequently referred to as “the lady who shreds,” will play Canal Street Tavern Wednesday, May 8, with local favorites The Motel Beds and Dear […]

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Midwest glam

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Black Owls invade Peach’s Grill By Rusty Pate Photo: Columbus ’ Black Owls will perform at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs on Saturday, April 27 Mention the term “glam rock” and the mind immediately races to images of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust or T Rex’s Marc Bolan slinking across the stage. I doubt a place […]

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Let’s get physical

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The Miami Valley celebrates Record Store Day 2013 By Leo DeLuca Photo: Record collectors celebrate Record Store Day 2013 on Saturday, April in the Miami Valley Founded in 2007 and launched in 2008, Record Store Day (RSD) is designed to bring “independently owned record stores and artists together to celebrate the art of music,” according the […]

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To Cincinnati, with love

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MusicNOW Festival thinks forward By Gary Spencer Photo: Composer Steve Reich performs at the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati; photo credit Jeffrey Herman Local musicians moving out of the state of Ohio and going on to success and fame in a bigger city isn’t a new story in the slightest. It’s also not totally out of character […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]