Ohio native and @DispatchAlerts features reporter -- arts, music, urban stuff, offbeat (kjoy@dispatch.com). Couple things due but I always get it done.

Local Limelight: James Gaiters Quartet

dispatch.com — With members of his recording band, James Gaiters' MUV-Ment, based in North Carolina and California, the Worthington jazz drummer often has to improvise. In between studio time and studying for a music-education degree at Ohio State University, the 46-year-old Gaiters plays out locally with other available musicians.

Sufjan Stevens breathes his life, grief into ever-changing catalog

dispatch.com — Listening to a Sufjan Stevens record requires emotional stamina. The insightful indie-folk songwriter - whose past works have touched on schizophrenia ( I Walked) and serial killers ( John Wayne Gacy, Jr.), among other subjects - has never shied from testing a listener's comfort level.

Tiny concerts give bands a chance for big exposure online

dispatch.com — The barbershop had closed for the day - and yet the neon-lit striped pole in the Mug & Brush front window remained aglow. Cans of beer rested in an ice-filled sink next to the pomade jars. Utility cords for amps and guitars snaked around the bases of three vintage barber chairs.

Columbus Symphony Pops series could sound familiar

dispatch.com — For patrons of Picnic With the Pops, familiarity breeds comfort. All but one of the seven musical guests booked for the 2015 lineup are returnees. Which doesn't seem to deter alfresco concertgoers who, with blankets and cheese trays, head Downtown to see the Columbus Symphony accompany rock, R&B and tribute acts of varying stripes.

Columbus Museum of Art honoring Marvin Hamlisch

dispatch.com — The way he was - kind, productive, profoundly talented - is how colleagues and listeners alike recall Marvin Hamlisch. Today through Sept. 6, visitors to the Columbus Museum of Art will be exposed to the wide cultural reach and artistic legacy of the famed composer and pianist - who died suddenly in August 2012 at age 68.

Local Limelight: Good Shade

dispatch.com — On occasion, a shadow is cast over the music of Columbus singer-guitarist Shane Natalie. The solo artist - known onstage and on the Internet as Good Shade - sometimes struggles to conceive how an audience might perceive his work.

Blackberry Smoke’s country success no case of smoke and mirrors

dispatch.com — Earlier this year, the fourth and latest Blackberry Smoke album, Holding All the Roses, made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts. For Charlie Starr, the achievement seemed peculiar - for a moment, at least. For Charlie Starr, the achievement seemed peculiar - for a moment, at least.

Central Ohio taking part in rising popularity of juice bars

dispatch.com — Inside the compact kitchen of Native Cold Pressed, employees are juicing 250 pounds of organic produce that might seem more fitting for a salad or frittata than something sipped through a straw. The proprietors of the Short North store view their labored liquid not as a fad but a lifestyle.

Local Limelight: Fields and Planes

dispatch.com — On the surface, the quirky watercolor album artwork and placid melody of Deeper Than Before - the title track of a new sophomore release by the Columbus quintet Fields and Planes - doesn't immediately suggest the song's subject matter.

Popularity hasn’t changed Walk the Moon’s sound approach

dispatch.com — Not long ago, Kevin Ray and Sean Waugaman played the annual talent show at Jones Middle School in Upper Arlington - a gig that effectively exposed the two young players to both sides of the spotlight. "The talent show was everything," said Ray, 28, a bass player who, with his former classmate, comprises half of the indie-pop foursome Walk the Moon.
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Apr 12, 2015

Tiny concerts aren't just an NPR thing. Several local YouTube music series also get you close to the action: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Apr 07, 2015

Local juice bars are squeezing beets, bok choy, kale and celery into your drink. Sip on this: dispatch.com/content/storie… pic.twitter.com/cmGjwaIzRn

Feb 18, 2015

RT @jimweiker: Vanilla Ice still planning to appear at Saturday's home show despite arrest. bit.ly/1JqcwC6

Feb 13, 2015

Chris Brown's in town tomorrow. Can his personal life and career be viewed separately? dispatch.com/content/storie… pic.twitter.com/q7GwDxb1Ta

Feb 09, 2015

@mjenkins Thanks for coming in to speak with us. Fun, helpful stuff.

Feb 09, 2015

Chris Brown fans don't care about his crimes; others aren't so sure. Both sides weigh in before his 2/14 concert: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Feb 08, 2015

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