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Rising Like the Phoenix

Moxy Martinez doesn’t give two shits about the norm. She’s anti-box—actually anti-anti—a breath of fresh air when you need a thoughtful perspective, and the anger you need when you feel like everything’s hopeless. She’s also…

Tower of Babel

Skateboarding was the reason Winston Hightower and I were talking over the phone. Lost in the translation of bad reception in my living room, I then realized we weren’t speaking in person at the end…

Built to Last

Indie rock innovators Built to Spill retains relevance after all these years In Cincinnati earlier this year, hundreds of fans chatter and stir before Built to Spill takes the stage. Onstage an unassuming balding man…

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Reality Bites

Tattoos. Lydia Loveless has a handful. Most of her upper right arm is embossed with an intricate tattoo of Joseph Merrick, aka the Elephant Man. It’s striking. As one who has zero tattoos and fears…

A Whole New Animal

In the classic scenario, going to see your co-worker’s band is a dicey proposition at-best, especially when that co-worker is the relatively soft-spoken Mary Lynn Gloeckle. “People I work with come to my shows and…

Clark Wilson, CAPA Organist poses for a portrait Saturday June 18, 2016 at the Ohio Theatre. The Organ Wilson plays during the CAPA Summer Movie Series is called the 'Mighty Morton' and was installed in the theatre in 1928. Powered by a 25-horsepower turbine-type blower beneath the stage, the organ is raised and lowered by a screw-driven, enabling it to be “hidden” during other performances. and is comprised of more than 2,500 pipes. (© James D. DeCamp | http://www.JamesDeCamp.com | 614-367-6366)

The Swell of Summer

When the Mighty Morton organ first comes alive, it sounds like a house furnace turning on. Somewhere in the basement of the Ohio Theater, a 25-horsepower turbine blower gains speed, thrusting wind up through the…

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The Paragon Project

When entering the gates of Fort Hayes High School you can tell—even before you meet its students—it’s a different kind of environment. Slightly north of Downtown Columbus’s conglomerate of skyscrapers and just south of Cleveland…

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Class of 2016: Dana

When Dana hits the stage at this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival, an event that prides itself on its eclectic lineup, there’s no doubt that the band’s performance will be an anomaly for the afternoon crowd….

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Into the Hive

Just recently did I have my first encounter with the new brethren of Columbus hip-hop. An unsolicited link led me to “HBO Porn,” by a group called Lost Society. It’s slow-motion, ‘90s inspired boom-bap, warped…

Lexicon Over Lexus

In 2014, a data scientist named Matt Daniels created a diagram that visually ranked 85 prolific rappers, old and new, on a horizontal graph on their use of unique words in their song lyrics. For…

Sleazy to Soulful

The first time Har Mar Superstar entered my life, he was in tighty whities, flawlessly crooning Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke,” surrounded by beautiful women in matching frilly pink pajamas. For 2003, this was damn good…

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Gunk Rock

In his 2010 tome We Never Learn, author Eric Davidson didn’t set out to write a history book. His mission was humble; he wanted to devote ink to the “undergut” of punk and bands like…

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Freedom Rock

It’s been nearly a decade since Animal Collective last played Columbus. Back then, the group’s popularity, outside of what felt like a secret cognoscenti, was just starting to peak. On that balmy May night at…

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Trial by Fire

Usually, the death blow of a local band comes with the proverbial “creative differences” excuse, or maybe a domestic issue, like a member planning a big move out of town. For Weight of Whales, a…

Father Superior

Husband, father, coffee shop owner, armchair pitching coach, and, perhaps, one day, public official—these are the roles filled by songwriter Colin Gawel ever since the once nonstop machine of Watershed decided to take a well-deserved…

New Flame

If you quickly shuffled through the new record from Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons—you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re listening to several different albums at once. The first 10-15 seconds of each tune play…

Recent Vintage

It’s the common mistake to classify pop music as boy band/Disney princess detritus. Music scholars have always been inconsistent in the way they’ve metered out characteristics for the broad genre. While we may associate the…

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Big Break(er)

Discovering your destiny can be as simple as looking for the signs. While scanning the horizon of Westerville near Maxtown Road, Josh Gandee’s eyes happened to fall upon a “Truck Route to Broadway” road sign,…

Sound Opinions

Mozart. The Sound of Music. The Doppler Effect. Music and sound are inseparable from the city of Salzburg, Austria, the hometown of David Danzmayr, Music Director for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, who grew up with a…

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Columbuzz: The Pools

In much the same way musicians from the High Street guard of the ’90s—guys like Jim Shepard, Mike Rep, and Ron House—influenced the mid-’00s boom that included the bulk of Columbus Discount Records’ roster and…

Punk’s Not Passed

It was Black Flag squatting in a dilapidated church. Darby Crash muttering his classic “puzzled panther” musings. A coked-up Ozzy cooking an egg, or the infamous scene of W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes chugging straight vodka from his swimming pool…

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