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The Man-Machine

If there is a contention among those in the underground that rock is indeed dead, then said theory would dictate that the possibilities available for electronic artists—or anyone off-format—are currently infinite. It was once hard…

Photo by Maria Levitov

Going it alone

In Columbus there’s no lack of hubris when it comes to wide-eyed musicians starting bands, playing shows, and gassing up the tour van. Our music scene is defined and dominated by bands of all stripes….

Photo by Jay Brown/JFOTOMAN

No Grand Plans

A lot has changed since 1992. People bought CDs then, lots of them. Nirvana was the biggest musical act in the world. People read album reviews in Rolling Stone and Spin magazines. The Internet, for all…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Guided by Voices

When we first started, we instantly wanted to hit the fast-forward button and make a record,” says Blake Skidmore of the humble, somewhat green, folk-rock endeavors of Old Hundred back in 2009. “That record came…

Power Suit

After leaving his well-paying graphic design job, Shaw and his brothers continued to play in their family band, followed by the Andy Shaw Band, and now the two-years-in-the-making Topher James and the Biscuit Brigade (TJBB),…

Photo by Greg Bartram

Back From the Dead

Bo Biafra, the lead singer of Dead Schembechlers (the esteemed anti-Michigan punk band), disappeared in fall 2012 in what most people feared was an act of kidnapping carried out by the fictitious (?) New Wolverine…

Photo by Josh Miller

A Legacy Continues

J Rawls was prolific. He rapped, produced, and collaborated on well over a dozen albums during the course of a 14-year career, shifting stylistically from hip-hop to soul to jazz. He worked with Mos Def,…

Dream Small

Are you in an aspiring band? Superdreamer Records cofounders Spencer Morgan and Eric Gussler want to know what you won’t do to make it big. Won’t play a certain venue? Great. Refuse to create band…

Photo by Danielle Petrosa

Ippso Facto

Judging from the tape, it was a lively Friday night at Ipps drummer Mike O’Shaughnessy’s apartment when the band gathered for an interview. There was quality beer and legendary pizza abound. In the beginning, I…

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Across the Universe

“Everyone’s got different paths,” says Karrio Ballard, aka Zero Star, regarding his latest and greatest creation Digital Letters, “but as far as I’m concerned I feel I’ve figured out how the universe works.” Those are…

Photo by Shelby Lum

Audible Artistry

Beatboxing. It’s the black sheep of the musical family. Really, many musicians don’t even acknowledge it as an artform at all. It tends to be one of those skills that also doubles as a nice…

Lex Vegas and Mat Franklin by Chris Casella

Glam and Grime

The Cadaver Dogs are fueled by suggestion. Many new attendees of their shows stand slack-jawed at first, unsure as to whether the leather-studded, eye-lined, tongue-wagging spectacle before them is an act, or a lifestyle…the Dogs…

Bluestone, 2012 Photo by David Heasley

Kings of Queen

The greatest arena rock band of all time was formed in 1970, at London’s Imperial College. The greatest arena rock cover band in Columbus history was formed just outside of a college bar, in an…

Credit: Kara Smarsh

Mega Music Summer

Twenty One Pilots September 4-5, LC Pavilion One of the most successful bands to emerge from Columbus in recent years, the pair returns for a rare two-night stint at the LC, which will likely sell…

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