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Manic Street Preachers – Resistance is Futile

Words: Ryan Getz There are a few bands that, as a music blogger, of whom I should probably have at least a working knowledge. But I don't really. One day I decide to review an album and broadcast my lack of knowledge to the world. So today's band in that category is Manic Street Preachers. What do I know about the ...

Salina Solomon releases the instantly memorable “20/20”

Salina Solomon is certainly not your run-of-the-mill Nashville pop artist. I suppose the best way to describe her music would be to describe my interactions I've had with her. We first connected early last year when I was doing market research in Nashville for the space that would become True Music Room and Bar. She and a ...

Life in Idle—She’s Out To Get Me

There are lots of aspects I love about local scenes, but the one I love the most probably is watching a band grow knowing their potential from the start. A few years back I caught this pop-punk band from Kettering, OH. I remember thinking to myself and maybe a friend that they were not good and sounded like a 3rd rate ...

Hot Mulligan – Pilot

This is going to be a really obscure and probably random reference, but the first thing that comes to mind when listening to Hot Mulligan is a defunct Tooth and Nail Records band called Hyland. I believe I reviewed them early in my career as a music blogger. But I see parallels between the bright vocals and guitar tones of ...

thebandknives Takes a Stab at Modern Rap-Rock with Ferocious Debut

A year and a half ago, I heard a band called Knives for the very first time, who at that point had just released their debut single “Give Me Air” – an intense rap-rocker that had me hooked from its opening notes. Three months passed by and “Give Me Air” found itself in my top 10 songs of 2016; three more months ...

Burning Bright brings rock and determination into “The Dark”

Burning Bright have been a rock powerhouse helping to fulfill a niche within the Columbus market for the past few years, and it could be argued that The Dark is the culmination of that journey. It's pretty apparent that The Dark is a call to persevere – notably, through one's inner demons. It's a message that applies ...

Mick Blankenship Bears a Crown of Apathy on Debut

Dayton and Cincinnati (really southwest Ohio in general) has seen a decent amount of rock acts finding fame beyond their home state, especially since the turn of the century. Mick Blankenship is one such Ohio artist who seems to fit in that mold. Yet, despite putting the work in for much of that time period, bad break after ...