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The Reader’s Choice BEST OF THE BIG O! 2018 Listings

The Reader’s Choice BEST OF THE BIG O! 2018 Listings BEST DINING Best Bakery Reader’s Choice Best in the Big O: The Cake Gallery Reader’s Choice: Nothing Bundt Cake, Petit’s, Jones Bros. Cupcakes Reader’s Recommended: Le Quartier Baking Co, Hy-Vee Best BBQ Restaurant Reader’s Choice Best in the Big O: Tired Texan BBQ Reader’s Choice: […]

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Drown Me in a Sea of Spider-People

Watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the single closest feeling I’ve had to the first time I cracked open a comic book, beginning a lifelong love affair with a legendary onesie wearer. The same way Steve Ditko’s pencils popped my eyeballs, Spider-Verse explodes like a shotgun blast of pop-art, right to the kisser. Infused with […]

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Citizen – July 23

In the early 2010s, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia were fertile ground for bands heavily indebted to ‘90s indie rock and Midwest emo bands like Mineral and American Football, and Boston-based Run For Cover Records took many such acts under its wing. Among labelmates like Turnover, Tigers Jaw and Title Fight, Toledo’s Citizen rose to the […]

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Migos at Stir Cove – May 26

It’s not really an exaggeration to say Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos have taken over the rap game since their track “Bad and Boujee” topped the Billboard Hot 100 and became a near-cultural phenomenon in 2016. Their heavy-hitting style, aided by Metro Boomin’s bass-heavy instrumentals, has become the standard in trap-rap, earning them a pair of […]

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Life in the Balance: Tai Chi

Life in the Balance: Tai Chi by Michael Braunstein I heard an ad on the radio the other morning. It was for a clinic in the area that specializes in a particular field of physical therapy that was addressed to persons who, for some reason or another, have difficulties with balance. We’re talking plain, old […]

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Backbeat for August

In the past few months, it’s become almost customary to start this column with news from the Saddle Creek Records camp, whether to commend the new Sam Evian and Hop Along albums, or to discuss the signing of a new artist like Tomberlin or Stef Chura. The trend won’t end this month, either, as Saddle […]

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Backbeat for October

As summer fades into autumn there’s a shift in the artistic landscape. Movie studios start scaling back their popcorn releases and begin to roll out their Oscar bait, and the biggest video games are released in anticipation of the holiday season. In essence, they’re saving the best for last. While this doesn’t always translate to […]