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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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Editor's picks: 15 things to do this weekend

Featuring Funny Bone, Zauber, Urban Arts Space, Urban Scrawl and more
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Concert preview: Primus’ Les Claypool hits the backwoods with his Duo De Twang

After fronting Primus for three decades, bassist Les Claypool has reinvented himself as a quirky roots-rock noisemaker in Duo De Twang. On Four Foot Shack, the musician teams with longtime cohort Bryan Kehoe for backwater reimaginings of songs like Alice In Chains’ “Man in the Box” and the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” which actually works far, far better than it should.
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Concert preview: Frog Eyes frontman overcomes another set of challenges

Frog Eyes self-released its last album, Carey’s Cold Spring, in the fall of 2013, and then put off any subsequent tours as frontman Carey Mercer underwent treatment for throat cancer.
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Sensory Overload: Bella Ruse offers musical instruction to mark opening of new learning space

Musicologie, a Grandview music learning space founded by husband/wife duo Kay and Joseph Barker of the indie-pop band Bella Ruse, celebrated its grand opening on a recent Sunday with an intimate concert staged in the parking lot behind the building.
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Concert preview: Old-school country craftsman Jamey Johnson won’t have to share the stage at Scioto Downs

Country musician Jamey Johnson — he of the wizard’s beard and the gruff countenance — is an old-school craftsman at heart. He recorded his latest, Living for a Song, in tribute Hank Cochran, the late singer-songwriter who penned hits for country royalty like Patsy Cline and Ray Price, and the covers album includes collaborations with likeminded artists Merle Haggard, George Strait and Willie Nelson, among others.
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Staff Pick: Nick D’ and the Believers work hard to make music sound effortless

In a January interview, pop-rock trio Nick D’ and the Believers, which will celebrate the arrival of its long-in-the-works Bang Bang EP with a release show at Ace of Cups on Saturday, Aug. 23, spoke of a fondness for Spoon’s minimalist tendencies.
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Concert preview: Dama/Libra

In physics, the term DAMA/LIBRA denotes an experiment designed to detect dark matter. In music, Dama/Libra, a newborn collaboration between a pair of longtime friends, exists in a similarly adventuresome context.
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Concert preview: Karl Hendricks Benefit to rally behind Pittsburgh music scene vet

Karl Hendricks might make his home in Pittsburgh — he runs Sound Cat Records there and maintains the city as the base for his band The Karl Hendricks Trio — but he’s got strong ties to the local music scene.
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Locals: Blatant Finger still fueled up on Full-On Empty

When long-running punk crew Blatant Finger debuted in the mid-’90s, singer/guitarist Tom Barrett envisioned its music as “the soundtrack to a circle pit.” The songs, in turn, tended to be suitably primal, pairing three-chord, pavement-scraping guitar riffs, aggressive tempos and vocals delivered with the gusto of a drill sergeant barking commands.
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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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