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Concert preview: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages still a hard act to follow

When Barrence Whitfield describes the transformation he undergoes upon hitting the stage, he sounds like Dr. Jekyll attempting to explain his metamorphosis into Mr. Hyde.
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Concert review: Ab-Soul rocks a half-full Park Street Saloon Monday

Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q peer performed cuts from his latest, These...
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Concert preview: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages still a hard act to follow

When Barrence Whitfield describes the transformation he undergoes upon hitting the stage, he sounds like Dr. Jekyll attempting to explain his metamorphosis into Mr. Hyde.
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Editor's picks: 16 things to do this weekend

Including PotatoStock, OSU vs. Cincy, Oktoberfest and more
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PotatoStock preview: Music lineup as delicious as the mounds and mounds of potato salad

Hope you're hungry for some potato salad, cuz there's gonna be a crapton of it
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Locals: Eternally Dizzy flashes a head-spinning sound on its debut EP

On its self-titled debut EP, indie trio Eternally Dizzy displays a knack for transforming the everyday into epic, loosely psychedelic guitar rock.
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The List: Top 10 Wu-Tang Members

In honor of Yellow Brick Pizza’s Wu-Pie, Alive counts down the greatest Wu-Tang members of all-time.
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Concert preview: Ab-Soul still more comfortable on the periphery

L.A. rapper Ab-Soul doesn’t have the same notoriety as fellow Black Hippy collective members Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q — a status unlikely to change in the wake of his hazy new album These Days…
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Staff Pick: Ex-Cult keeps it loud and grimy on Midnight Passenger

Ex-Cult, a menacing gang of Memphis rockers led by former Vile Nation frontman Chris Shaw, blisters paint on “Midnight Passenger,” the noisy, dirt-caked title track off its sophomore album. “I'm the voice from the sewer,” Shaw barks as his mates lay down an urgent, muddy squall that appears to emanate from the same grimy locale.
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Concert preview: Drowners’ music straddles the Atlantic

In a 2013 interview with Bullett, Drowners described its sound as “friendly post-punk,” which is a pretty apt synopsis of its self-titled debut, a shimmering, Brit-pop influenced effort that gives off a warm, autumnal glow.
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Concert preview: St. Vincent hits another level on her fourth album

With her large eyes, petite frame and shock of dyed hair, St. Vincent, born Annie Clark, resembles a villainess drawn by Walt Disney in recent press photos. Her music has occasionally adopted similarly animated qualities in recent years as she’s progressed from the anxious, guitar-driven tunes populating Actor, released in 2009, to the rhythmic, outsized numbers she delivered alongside head Talking Head David Byrne on Love This Giant in 2012.
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Concert preview: Cerebral Ballzy grows up — sort of

In the Brooklyn punk-rock crew’s earliest days, its frenzied music could be every bit as immature and mindless as its controversy-courting name (witness get-messed-up anthems like “Puke Song” and “Drug Myself Dumb,” both off its 2011 debut).
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Sensory Overload: Independents’ Day makes its Franklinton debut

In the midst of Vis-à-Vis’ late afternoon set at Independents’ Day, the quartet, which favors big, sweeping, guitar-driven anthems, introduced a cover of Fugazi’s “Reclamation,” dedicating it to the fest’s new digs in the gentrifying ’hood of Franklinton.
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