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Concert preview: We Shall Not Be Moved: Soul legend Mavis Staples still pressing onward

Current events in Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters and authorities have clashed repeatedly in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, have evoked strong memories in singer Mavis Staples.
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Concert preview: We Shall Not Be Moved: Soul legend Mavis Staples still pressing onward

Current events in Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters and authorities have clashed repeatedly in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, have evoked strong memories in singer Mavis Staples.
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Interview: Meg Myers talks about her influences, her intense live show and her upcoming album

When I first heard Meg Myers’ “Desire,” I had a “whoa, who is this?” moment. Her heart-on-her-sleeve confessional style hearkened back to the most earnest of ’90s alt-rock. And she’s gotten an expected love it/hate it reaction as a result.
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Concert preview: Ace of Cups parking lot party Helter Swelter starts small

While countless groups have experienced a bumpy road attempting to establish a large-scale music festival in Columbus, a handful of smaller parking-lot parties have taken root in recent times — most notably 4th & 4th Fest, which celebrated its second year at Seventh Son Brewing this July with a well-curated lineup headlined by Wilco spinoff the Autumn Defense and Operators, a new dance-rock project spearheaded by Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Divine Fits).
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Concert preview: Influential New Zealanders the Clean headline inaugural Helter Swelter

In recent interviews, the Clean singer/guitarist David Kilgour has noted this stateside trek could be the influential New Zealand crew's last, which has been a running theme going on more than two decades now.
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Independents' Day announces music lineup

This year's performers include Scrawl, The Floorwalkers, J. Rawls and more
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Locals: Emily & the Complexes enjoy exploring life’s underbelly

Emily & the Complexes frontman Tyler Verhagen has a thing for dirtballs.
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STAFF PICK: Kevin Gates constructs rhymes suited to the big screen

Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates really hit his stride in recent years, releasing a string of good-to-excellent mixtapes beginning with The Luca Brasi Story in 2013 and continuing through this year’s By Any Means, a thundering cathedral of trap beats and chest-thumping, cinematic rhymes.
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Concert preview: Passenger’s Mike Rosenberg enjoying the ride

Mike Rosenberg, the British singer-songwriter who records and performs as Passenger (the project started as a band and Rosenberg held onto the name following its breakup), delivers his pop-tinged ballads like would-be lullabies.
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Concert preview: Arkansas dream-rock quintet SW/MM/NG shines on Feel Not Bad

The Fayetteville, Arkansas, quintet titled its long-in-the-works debut Feel Not Bad, which is a pretty apt synopsis of its split musical personality.
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Sensory overload: Don’t snooze on Sleep Fleet

In the midst of one bar brawler of a tune, Sleep Fleet singer Corey Montgomery howled, “I’m happy alone” as guitars and drums thundered along restlessly together. Yet little about the quartet’s performance at 4th St. Bar & Grill on a recent Thursday suggested contentment.
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Concert preview: Jamaican reggae icon Beres Hammond still making a name for himself outside his homeland

Jamaican reggae singer Beres Hammond is such a legend in his homeland that a video editorial by one of the country’s news organizations noted anyone unfamiliar with his name should be in “a retirement with no sound and no light,” which … wow.
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Concert preview: Dolfish peppers his literary tunes with eye-witness detail

Dolfish, the nom de rock of former Columbus denizen (and current Clevelander) Max Sollisch, takes a conversational approach to songwriting. Tunes like “Grown Ups,” about a young child coping with his mom’s alcoholism, unfold like intricate short stories peppered with eye-witness detail (“Boy Meets World” playing on the TV, the mother vomiting in the kitchen sink, etc.).
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Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band to play Skully's

The Pizza Underground and opener Har Mar Superstar come to Columbus on...
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