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‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’

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Malian musicians persevere against jihadists By Matt Clevenger In 2012, extremist groups captured an area larger than the UK in North Mali, instituting Sharia law and effectively banning most forms of music. Facing imprisonment, and in some cases death, bands and performing artists disappeared from the embattled territory almost overnight, going underground or fleeing to […]

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Men in black tie

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3 Piece Suit haunts Springfield’s Station 1 By Matt Clevenger photo: (l-r) Dylan Schartz, Barry Crabill, and BJ Krouse describe 3 Piece Suit’s sound as ‘sludge-jammer’ because they do whatever they want; photo: W. E. Arnold Springfield-based trio 3 Piece Suit may look like they are headed to an office or a funeral, but those scenarios […]

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Ms. Mojo rising

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MojoFlo heats up Peach’s by Matt Clevenger Photo: MojoFlo’s Amber Knicole swings into Peach’s with her ‘good-time funk’ sound Oct. 14; photo: Alan Nimblette, Heartbreak Photography It’s good to be MojoFlo right now. Named “Best Local Band” by both Columbus Monthly and (614) Columbus in 2016, the seven-member, Columbus-based neo-funk group also has regular gigs at […]

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Unity upheld

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Local bands raise guitars, LGBTQ support at GemFest By Mike Ritchie Photo: (l-r) Kei, Tom Black, and Kelly Chelston of Tiger Sex; photo: Richard Blondy In the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 report of more than 10,000 American LGBTQ 13- to 17-year-olds, although 75 percent polled that most of their peers didn’t have an issue with […]

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Rock royalty

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King’s X rocks the throne By Gary Spencer Photo: Doug Pinnick of King’s X belts out for loyal followers Sept. 29; photo: Jimmy Fuson Music can be therapeutic. For many, music is a conduit for hope, a way to cope with life. One band that many diehard fans believe in, almost like a higher power, is […]

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Many moons later

The Slackers at The Underworld in London on 10 July 2014

The Slackers finally return to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: The Slackers tear down the wall between band and audience; photo: Imelda Malczyck Ah, the ’90s… a time many people refer to as the good ol’ days in Dayton, a time when touring bands came to the Gem City by the dozens from across a spectrum […]

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Riding the (third) wave

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The Toasters resurrect ska at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Rich Graiko, Thad Merritt, Robert ‘Bucket’ Hingley, The Basement, and Logan Labarbera; photo: Stacy McReynolds Ska music has a long, rich history. Originating in Jamaica during the 1950s, the musical style fused elements of Caribbean dancehall music and calypso with American R&B and jazz, […]

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‘Love and Memories’

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Twenty-year-standing O.A.R. turns the car to Fraze By Alan Sculley photo: (l-r) Benj Gershman, Richard On, Jerry DePizzo, Marc Roberge, and Chris Culos of O.A.R. hit the Fraze stage Sept. 2 O.A.R. reached its 20th anniversary as a band doing something many acts that manage to last two decades don’t achieve. This band from Rockville, Maryland, […]

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Soul for soul

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Topher James and Biscuit Brigade at Trolley Stop By Miranda Brooks Photo: Chris Topher Shaw bears his soul tunes Aug. 26; photo: TJ Hansen Columbus-based musician Chris “Topher” Shaw organizes himself amongst a few concurrent projects—playing multi-instrumentally as one-half of The Shaw Brothers on violin and drumming for Andy Shaw Band, both ventures with his […]

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Dawg days

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Dawg Yawp howls at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Rob Keenan (left) and Tyler Randall (right) jam at Blind Bob’s Aug. 20; photo: Michael Wilson   Part folk, part rock, and part techno, Dawg Yawp will bring one of Cincinnati’s most unique and critically acclaimed live shows to Blind Bob’s Aug. 20. Named Cincinnati radio […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]

The Docket: 5/16

Short relationships, long fights A woman and her ex-boyfriend decided they needed to meet and discuss their breakup. The woman […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/9

40 oz. fight A woman was hanging out with friends when they all decided to buy some beer. She knew […]

The Docket: 5/2

Cupcake capers A man walked into a store and headed to the cupcake section. The owner suspected there would be […]

Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]