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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

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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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Lips unsealed

(l-r) Jane Wiedlin, Gina Schock, Belinda Carlisle, and Charlotte Caffey bring the beat Aug. 17; photo: Carl Timpone

Jane Wiedlin and the Go-Go’s eternal beauty, beat at Rose By Tim Walker The Go-Go’s. As I sit here writing these words, I’ve had to remind myself that this story is not about my high school years in Fairborn – this story is about the Go-Go’s and their 2016 farewell tour. Or, more specifically, it’s […]

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Rasta taking over

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Cliftones’ Cinci-style reggae at Trolley Stop By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Cliftones hail their reggae not too far from home to Trolley Stop; photo: Brian Glass With a grand total of nine band members, the Cliftones don’t just play a venue, they take it over. “It’s a lot of people when we have our whole crew,” […]

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A Dayton musicians watering hole

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Rock This Block parties at Riff Raff By Matt Clevenger Photo: Johnny Fink and the Intrusion Rock this Block at Riff Raff July 24; photo: Mike Howard It started with a simple idea. “It’s built on just a conversation with musicians standing out in front of my bar,” Riff Raff Tavern owner Mike Schmidt says. […]

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The alt Grammys

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Alternative Press Music Awards runs third year By Tim Anderl Photo: All Time Low’s Zack Merrick and Alex Gaskarth host this year’s AP Music Awardsphoto courtesy of Adrenaline PR Thirty years ago, in the comfort of his bedroom, Clevelander Mike Shea launched a cut-and-paste fanzine, never imagining the endeavor would grow to become one of […]

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Go ask Alice—and Johnny and Joe

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Hollywood Vampires new supergroup graces Fraze By Tim Walker Photo: Alice Cooper is still looking to write the best song ever writtenphoto: Ross Halfin Rock stars—they come and go. Few of them become household names, and even fewer achieve the status of musical icons. But in the universe of hard rock and heavy metal, your […]

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Guitarmageddon

Michael Kelsey experiments at Peach’s by Matt Clevenger Photo: Dulcimer player Butch Ross strums his way to Taffy’s; photo: Trish Wileman Using only a few electronic effects and his trusty Taylor 615 acoustic, Indianapolis-based recording artist Michael Kelsey has spent decades pushing the boundaries of guitar playing and creating a musical career built on creativity and […]

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An American idol

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Phillip Phillips makes Rose home By Miranda Brooks Photo: Phillip Phillips debuts new tracks at Rose Music Center June 28; photo courtesy of Phillip Phillips America’s seemingly favorite Idol to date, Phillip Phillips, not only embodies our culture’s fascination with overnight success, but also stands to prove his relevance within the music industry—alongside the help […]

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Stand by your van

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Kelly Zullo hauls off-the-grid living to Beavercreek By Matt Clevenger Like sailors and their ships, touring musicians often develop a special bond with their vans. Countless songs and even entire albums have been written or named in tribute to these iconic vehicles, but few artists have taken their love of the van as far as […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]