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Cyclops Fest pre-party: Front Row, 8/16/11

Monster of a party at Blind Bob’s August 19 In preparation for the first-ever Cyclops Fest in Yellow Springs September 17, Blind Bob’s will play host for a preview party at 9 p.m. Friday, August 19, and, you guessed it, it’s monster-themed. Come dressed as your favorite ogre or “become the monster” at Cyclops’ do-it-yourself […]

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Emily Dale: Front Row, 8/16/11

Local singer-songwriter comes home Emily Dale at Canal Street Tavern August 18 After spending two years at Ohio University and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Beavercreek native Emily Dale will return to Dayton for a show at Canal Street Tavern August 18.  Her husky contralto and effervescent charm have won over fans from Dayton […]

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Takin’ it to the streets

Street art is “labor of love” for local artists By Benjamin Dale Spray paint–check. Stencils–check. Markers–check. Stickers, running shoes, cigarettes–check, check, check. These are the supplies and the tools of the elusive painter of the night; the street artist. Since the creation of Man, some inner compulsion within the human psyche has prompted a certain […]

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Nightbeast gets nasty

Signature sense of humor is result of hard work and history in the biz By Benjamin Dale Kevin Smith and Ke$ha had a baby – and named it Nightbeast. When he’s not touring the country and the world with the likes of New Found Glory, Bayside or the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Nightbeast, aka the Beast […]

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Guided by spaceships

The latest release from the Boston Spaceships By Benjamin Dale Guided By Voices officially split in 2004, but Bob Pollard’s musical output hasn’t slowed at all. In fact, it’s increased. Since the end of GBV, he’s released over 12 solo albums, seven EPs, five records with his side project, Circus Devils, and the upcoming Let […]

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Spin It, 8/2/11

Fields on Fire by Wheels If you haven’t had a chance to catch Wheels yet, then you’re missing out on something special. It’s something that doesn’t come around very often, at least in a city this size – talented youngsters building a local following, all on the merits of their music.  Wheels’ live shows are […]

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Front Row, 8/2/11

Winehouse joins tragic 27 club I woke up on Saturday, July 23, and did what I do every morning – I checked Facebook.  At the top of my news feed I read the headline “Amy Winehouse, dead at 27.”  It’s not like I didn’t see it coming – the singer’s battles with addiction were made […]

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Buffalo Killers and R.Ring

Front Row South Park Tavern July 15, 2011 – Benjamin Dale If you missed the Buffalo Killers/R.Ring show at Canal Street Tavern Friday, July 15, then you missed some of the greatest music Dayton has to offer this summer.  R. Ring — Kelley Deal’s new band with Cincinnati recording artist Mike Montgomery — opened the […]

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A bluegrass/folk rock revival

Trampled by Turtles at Southgate House, July 27 By Benjamin Dale In the early 2000s, it was the garage rock revival that saw the most innovation, with bands such as the White Stripes, the Strokes, the Hives and the Vines taking over the indie music charts.  These bands were innovators in their style, attracting new […]

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Singin’ the blues

The 26th Annual Dayton Blues Festival By Benjamin Dale What is “the blues”? Technically: 12 bar chord progressions and blue notes — notes that bend a pitch lower than the major scale. But the blues is much more than that. Originating from Negro spirituals of the Deep South, the blues laid the bedrock for all […]

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Living on the ledge

Skaters get a push from a local filmmaker By Benjamin Dale Architecture is the art of controlling where people walk. In the design of buildings, roads and bridges, function is primary while form is secondary. Most of us are content to politely stay in our lane, keep off the grass and otherwise remain within the […]

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The battle of the Battle of the Bands

Different takes on Dayton’s legendary Battle of the Bands competitions By Benjamin Dale and W.C. Ruffnel If you were to travel anywhere across the country, perhaps even the world, in any given city you would likely come across some sort of band competition promising aspiring musicians fame and fortune of varying degrees. Dayton is no […]

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Front Row: Columbus’ Comfest

Debauched and Depraved By Benjamin Dale June 24, 2011 When the sun is highest in the sky in the summer, the ancient ritual of solstice lechery is still celebrated by the lascivious patrons of Columbus’ Comfest. Comfest, or Community Festival, has very few redeeming qualities. The music, restricted to local jam bands who take three-minute […]

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Dayton DIY

Punk rock ‘til the day they die By Benjamin Dale In a world mired in the desire for perfection in every way – the perfect body, the perfect house, the perfect car, the perfect manufactured life that promises happiness and fulfillment forever – some are more enlightened. They see the beauty of imperfection. They eschew […]

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BJSR & Bearkat

Singer-songwriters team up and take over South Park Tavern By Benjamin Dale For any aspiring musician, the first career step often requires one essential ingredient: hustle. And BJSR’s got it in spades. When he’s not bringing his one-man show to bars and restaurants around Dayton, BJSR (aka Ben Rivet) makes his living playing music for […]

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Steve Miller

The Man. The Band. The Legend. By Benjamin Dale Some call him the space cowboy.  Some call him the gangster of love.  Still others know him as Maurice.  Whatever the alias, Steve Miller and his band continue to tour and record, and they are coming to the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on June 23. When […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]