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The rocky mountaineer

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Butch Ross’s dulcimer rock at Taffy’s by Tim Walker Butch Ross—touring musician, Chattanooga resident, and lover of the mountain dulcimer—began his musical career playing a much more common stringed instrument: the guitar.    “I came to the dulcimer backwards. I started out playing rock and roll guitar,” Ross says, “and from there, I transitioned into […]

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Songs made of human clay

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Scott Stapp takes you higher at BMI By Alan Sculley As Scott Stapp begins a winter tour in support of his latest solo album, Proof of Life, he sounds ready to be on point and deliver strong performances. “It really feels good to have direction, and I’ve made quite a few tremendous lifestyle changes over […]

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Double the pleasure

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Great White and Slaughter bring double the rock to Hobart By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Great White will perform alongside Slaughter on Nov. 20 at Hobart Arena “Life is pretty darn good. Enjoy it while you can,” advises Mark Slaughter, front man for the band Slaughter. Slaughter and fellow ’80s glam metallers Great White will […]

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Soul man 

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Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner on The Clintons, touring with Meat Puppets and where he keeps his Grammy by Josher Lumpkin Photo: Soul Asylum will perform with Meat Puppets at Oddbody’s Music Room on Nov. 7; photo: Michael L. Smith If you came of age during the 1990s, and like me, you spent much of your […]

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Calling all angels

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Gin-soaked Angels bring improv-rock to Peach’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Yellow Springs’ Gin-soaked Angels will perform at Peach’s on Oct. 30 There are many ways for musicians to come together and form a band. Perhaps someone sees a flier at a music store or an ad on Craigslist. Maybe a mutual friend introduces people with […]

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Blowing in the wind

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Yellow Paper Planes land in Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Yellow Paper Planes will perform on Oct. 23 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Brian Kellett Columbus quartet Yellow Paper Planes is a bit of a musical enigma. They’re indie without being twee, heavy but not aggro. Some will describe them as pop for punks who like […]

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The water’s fine

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Smooth contemporary saxer Kim Waters at Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: Saxophonist Kim Waters will perform at Gilly’s Jazz on Oct. 24 Silver Soul is more than just the most recent album from contemporary jazz composer, producer and saxophonist Kim Waters and more than just a collection of 12 smooth jazz songs. It is also […]

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Delivering Detroit rock city

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Jeremy Porter and the Tucos back at Bob’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Jeremy Porter and the Tucos will perform on Oct. 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Doug Coombe They’re as northern American blues as you can get before Canada. Whisky-smooth, with the white hot licks of Ted Nugent, the veteran inspiration of Cheap Trick and […]

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Rise up

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Saliva brings the energy at BMI By Mike Ritchie Photo: Saliva will perform at BMI on Speedway Oct. 10; photo: Steve Sergent Photography Since the mid-nineties, Saliva has traveled countless roads and trucked through various trends, industry fluctuations and the nu metal genre label to keep their brand of hard rock filling the engine with high octane, […]

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What you didn’t know you were looking for

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MidPoint Music Festival is back in Cincy By Gary Spencer Photo: Folk legend Sam Beam, known as Iron & Wine, will perform Sunday, Sept. 27 in Washington Park at MidPoint Music Festival in Cincinnati A lot of music fans tend to think that nothing “big” ever happens in Ohio these days—especially in Southwest Ohio, and […]

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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 […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]