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Girls! guitarist Joey Blackheart: 1978-2014

The only time I ever heard anyone use the word cliché in reference to late Girls! guitarist Joey Blackheart was in describing the circumstances surrounding his death.
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Concert preview: Skrillex at the LC

Despite really only existing for the past four years, Skrillex is an institution. At the beginning of the 2010s, Skrillex pioneered that deep and sometimes-reviled-but-always-fun mainstream American dubstep sound that became ubiquitous immediately.
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Concert preview: Tune-Yards at the Newport

It all comes at you at once, and it is your responsibility to sort it out: Flinty, organic and chirpy sounds and textures, a fluid and sometimes abrasive staccato singing voice, face paint, bright and patterned clothing, stray strips of fabric, an avian tinge to absolutely everything.
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Editor's picks: 26 things to do this weekend in Columbus

Including Rocktoberfest, Blackheart Fest, Zombie Pub Crawl and more
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Girls! guitarist Joey Blackheart: 1978-2014

The only time I ever heard anyone use the word cliché in reference to late Girls! guitarist Joey Blackheart was in describing the circumstances surrounding his death.
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Way Yes, She Bears and the Dewdroppers highlight Alive’s fifth annual Rocktoberfest celebration

Fall brings with it a number of certainties: the leaves will change color, temperatures will drop, and retailers will cram pumpkin spice into any and every product imaginable.
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Unholy Two brings a near-death experience to life at Ace of Cups

Unholy Two crafted an unholy swell of noise during an appearance opening for Merchandise and Lower at Ace of Cups on a recent Sunday.
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Staff Pick: Low continues to shake up its slow and steady reputation

Low long ago outgrew its admittedly limiting reputation as “the slowest, quietest band on earth.”
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Open Mike Eagle embraces gallows humor on Dark Comedy

Open Mike Eagle certainly knows his way around a punchline.
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Hard-hitting Lo-Pan brings Colossus to Ace of Cups

The title of Colossus, the latest from hard-hitting local quartet Lo-Pan, was inspired, in part, by the Colossus of Rhodes, a 98-foot-tall statue erected in 280 BC to honor the Greek sun god Helios.
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Blackheart Fest

At one point, Girls! guitarist Joey Blackheart dreamed of establishing Columbus’ first needle exchange program.
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Concert preview: OBN IIIs

OBN IIIs is a rock ’n’ roll band from Austin, fronted by (and named after) Orville Bateman Neeley III. This June, the group released Third Time to Harm, its third album in about as many years. It’s a brutal, rollicking piece of work, once again channeling an old-school rowdiness that is so damn hard to come by in rock music today.
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Concert preview: Dope Body

Dope Body plays boiling hot noise with large chunks of rock songs and melody floating in it. Powerful, at first loud and abrasive, songs quickly simmer down to reveal substantial and satisfyingly memorable choruses and other “traditionally” pleasing elements.
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