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Pixies, Franz Ferdinand, and Bully
KEMBA Live, Columbus, June 12

Having endured torrential rains and five-plus hours of driving to see The Cure at the Blossom Music Center near Cleveland just the night before, I wasn’t sure I was

Sleaford Mods

Sleaford Mods

Since teaming up in 2009, vocalist Jason Williamson and musical brain trust Andrew Fearn, a.k.a. Sleaford Mods, have carved out their own niche. Theirs is an idiosyncratic mix of grimy hip-hop and electronic post-punk minimalism laced with invective lyrics that touch on such subjects as class, politics, musical voyeurism, and personal relations. Recorded during the pandemic times of 2021, the band’s eighth album (if you …

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2022

If 2021 largely felt like a repeat of 2020, then 2022 by contrast was when we returned to some semblance of normalcy. Sure, COVID didn't go away, but workers returned to offices

Spoon and Interpol
Kemba Live, Columbus, August 30

Despite sharing the same label (Matador Records), the pairing of Spoon and Interpol would seem to make for strange bedfellows, let alone a

The Cult
Rose Music Center, Huber Heights, July 15

Surveying the crowd gathered for The Cult’s stop on its We Own the Night Tour in Huber Heights, Ohio, it was clear that the band’s

The Chats, “6L GTR”

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Beware Believers

Having released a truly astonishing debut (one of our favorites of 2019), Crows might have easily fallen into a sophomore slump, especially with the

Richard Thompson
(guitar, vocal)

Over the course of his more than 50-year career, Richard Thompson has established himself as a virtuosic guitarist and a gifted songwriter. But in 1976



Although she had been a member of goth-leaning Bay area outfit Crimson Scarlet and some even more obscure anarcho-punk bands, Riki (a.k.a. Niff Nawor) appeared virtually out of nowhere in 2020 with her self-titled debut on the esteemed Dais label. One of our favorites that year, it mixed a bevy of synth pioneer influences with a touch of the ethereal and Riki’s equally enigmatic …

Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, April 1

Although they have had intermittent bouts of mainstream success, particularly in the UK, where they relocated for several

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