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Eager to please

The Black Lillies to play Oddbody’s Music Room By Justin Kreitzer Photo: The Black Lillies perform at Oddbody’s on Nov. 19; photo: Joseph Llanes The Black Lillies are a Knoxville-based Americana band led by singer-songwriter Cruz Contreras. Their hybrid sound effortlessly blends elements of classic country and western, and dusty folk-rock with punchy Motown-like horns […]

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Back from the dead

Vinyl records creep back to mainstream By Rusty Pate Photo: The Raging Nathans, Losing It (2014) There’s a growing revolution in the music industry, and it has little to do with instruments or musical notes. Vinyl records have risen from the dead. The process of recording and selling music dates back to Thomas Edison and […]

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Eat your smiles

Japanese Action Comic Punk Band Peelander-Z lands again By Gary Spencer Photo: Peelander-Z will appear at RockStar Pro Arena on Nov. 9; photo: Brian Byers As a music journalist, I find most artists to be relatively straightforward when discussing their music. However, the New York-based, self-proclaimed “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band Peelander-Z has is a […]

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Mandolindie

Feral Conservatives come to Canal By Christian Roerig Photo: Matt Francis and Rashie Rosenfarb of Feral Conservatives will perform on Oct. 8 at Canal Public House It’s not often that a band will have a completely interesting sound, and most of the time when they do, it’s something that’s too weird or unlistenable to most […]

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That new old-time rock and roll

The Pullouts bring nostalgic piano-rock tunes to Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Pullouts will perform at Blind Bob’s on Sept. 11; photo: Lainey Hill Many music fans in recent years have complained that modern music has lost something. Some indefinable quality, common in the musical landscape of decades past, is now missing in the […]

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This one’s for the girls

All-inclusive Ladyfest celebrates female contributions By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ladyfest organizer Paige Beller will also perform at Ladyfest on Aug. 28; Jordan Tyler Epperson Ladyfest is a guerilla-style festival that blossomed out of the Riot Grrrl punk scene in the Pacific Northwest in 2000, highlighting the wonderful female-created art and music that was being made […]

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Gospel and the Fraze

Annual GospelFest returns to the Pavilion By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Gathering will perform at GospelFest at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 23 When a health network wants to thank its community, what does it do? If you’re Kettering Health Network, host a free Christian concert festival! “This is not a fundraiser,” KHN Missions Coordinator Lauren […]

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Wild Wild Life

Indigo Wild continues big year with trip to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Columbus-based Indigo Wild will perform Aug. 6 at Canal Public House; photo: Lexie Alley Columbus, Ohio-based indie pop quintet Indigo Wild is in the midst of its biggest year ever. Since relocating to Columbus last summer, the band has embarked on Midwestern […]

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A world of pure imagination

Primus brings Willy Wonka to Rose Music Center By Rusty Pate Photo: Primus brings their Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour to Rose Music Center on August 4 Fans of Primus have come to expect weird and strange offerings from the group. Songs such as “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and albums like Sailing the Seas […]

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The Canadian Rockies

Finger Eleven hits Oddbody’s Music Room By Rusty Pate Photo: Finger Eleven will perform at Oddbody’s on July 24 in advance of their latest album, Five Crooked Lines; photo: Dustin Rabin The terms “rock band” and “longevity” rarely go together. Some bands aren’t successful enough; others collapse under the weight of too many expectations. Creative […]

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Gettin’ funky with it

Amy Kollar Anderson makes vivid art full-time By Bill Franz Exactly a year after she left her job as gallery […]

Climate UPHEAVAL

ArtStreet introduces next installation in IAN series By Joyell Nevins Art is not just meant to be looked at; it’s […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/2/16

Forget me not by Marsha Bonhart In my much younger, other life, I was a model. I never graced the […]

Flying high on the ground

Troy’s WACO Museum offers classes, camps, robotics and more By Tim Walker WACO—pronounced like “taco”—was the name of the WACO […]

What we ask

By Marsha Bonhart Trying to stay healthy is a job. Do this. Don’t do that. Eat this. Don’t eat that. […]

Why sourdough is a better bread to consume

By Rocco Castellano It might seem weirdly sacrilegious, in honoring the eclectic and alternative genius of David Bowie to focus […]