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Locals: Struck By Lightning returns to action after long-dormant stretch

Silence is not something one would normally associate with Struck By Lightning. Yet up until this past September, the local metal quartet hadn’t performed live in more than two years, lying dormant like a massive, inactive volcano.
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Former OSU student Cal Scruby’s rap star dreams are a movie, literally

We caught up Scruby after he rocked a packed Park Street Saloon recently
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Locals: Struck By Lightning returns to action after long-dormant stretch

Silence is not something one would normally associate with Struck By Lightning. Yet up until this past September, the local metal quartet hadn’t performed live in more than two years, lying dormant like a massive, inactive volcano.
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Sensory Overload: Nathaniel Lotze continues the search at Tree Bar

Though a half-dozen people milled about while Nathaniel Lotze performed at Tree Bar on a recent Thursday, the singer-songwriter sounded decidedly alone for the duration of his 45-minute set.
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Preview: Tokyo Police Club brings stadium-sized anthems to club setting

Forcefield, the latest from Tokyo Police Club, kicks off in grandiose fashion with “Argentina (Parts I, II, III),” an epic, eight-plus minute, multipart suite. While nothing else here quite matches this welcome blast of hubris — the windmill-guitar-driven “Tunnel Vision” and the sleek, shuffling “Toy Guns” come closest — the Canadian pop-rock quartet (which is neither from Tokyo or affiliated with law enforcement, discuss) flashes stadium-sized ambition throughout, piling on big, soaring choruses and a healthy dollop of radio gloss. Consider this one a club show in venue only.
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Preview: LA rapper Ty Dolla $ign brings sexualized cyborg sounds to Skully’s

Like Future, Los Angeles rapper/singer Ty Dolla $ign has a tendency to Auto-Tune his vocals so his verses hit like the musings of a hormonally charged cyborg. True, there isn’t a lot of diversity in terms of subject matter on his recent Beach House EP — money and women dominate $ign’s worldview. But the album-closing “Never Be the Same,” where the MC promises a new day atop an 8-bit beat appears to signal a crucial pivot point. “Progress is a constant,” he sings. Here’s hoping he follows through.
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Preview: Haunted Fest set to go bump in the night with EDM-heavy lineup

When Haunted Fest takes over Battelle Hall in the Columbus Convention Center on Halloween, the only thing going bump in the night will be the beats.
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Concert preview: Wisconsin pop-punk quartet Masked Intruder maintains anonymity even as music spreads

Ignore the admittedly hokey premise — four anonymous Wisconsinites don ski masks and adopt color coordinated names like would-be “Reservoir Dogs” cast mates (Intruder Blue, Intruder Green, and so on)— and appreciate the crew’s knack for spitting out polished, hook-laden pop-punk gems.
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Preview: Psych-rockers La Hell Gang sends the brain wandering on Thru Me Again

La Hell Gang might be based in modern Chile, but the South American trio’s music sounds as though it could have emerged from the 1960s U.S. psych-rock scene.
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With Ace of Cups gig looming, New Bomb Turks looks back

Surprisingly little has changed with New Bomb Turks’ high-energy live show since the influential garage-punks first surfaced in 1990.
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Latest Mug & Brush Sessions features Counterfeit Madison doing Counterfeit Madison things

Previous recordings have featured acts like Lydia Loveless, Califone and The...
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Concert review: Method Man & Redman were Live 95 (literally) at the Newport

Method Man & Redman rocked out the Newport Friday, rapping a mix of the...
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