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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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Expanding your musical palate

Your Definitive Summer Concert Schedule By Benjamin Dale Every year, as the summer sun lingers ever later into the night, bands all over the nation pack up their gear and depart on buses and station wagons for faraway venues and the festival circuit. Do not despair, Dayton music fan, because even as your beloved local […]

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A middle class citizen

St. Louis outfit Middle Class Fashion dresses South Park Tavern to the nines By Benjamin Dale Fans of Tegan & Sara and Regina Spektor will find kindred spirits in Middle Class Fashion, a power-pop trio from St. Louis. The band is set to bring their upbeat, piano-driven sound to South Park Tavern on June 3. […]

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Front Row: Federal & Co.

Federal & Co. Funksters Federal & Co. stand out against today’s sample-driven hip-hop artists by combining live instrumentation with mellow storytelling, arriving somewhere between the Roots and the Ohio Players. As veterans of the Sounds Like Ohio movement, Federal & Co. offer raw refreshment in an era when the glossy production of major record labels […]

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Shivering me timbers

The band Shivering Timbers is truly a family affair By Benjamin Dale Mist clouded the lush hills of Cincinnati’s Price Hill district as I walked toward the blue station wagon that serves as Shivering Timbers’ tour bus. “Sorry we’re late – we got lost in over there in Gummo land,” Sarah said as she slammed […]

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Front row: The Freewheelin’ Wheels

If Brian Wilson had started the Beach Boys in 1930s Kentucky, they would have sounded like Wheels. The Yellow Springs folk prodigies possess a maturity and depth far beyond their years. No band member is older than 16. They sing songs of love lost and nostalgic ballads for sweet home Ohio. Hearing them, you’d think […]

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Front Row: Buffalo Killers

Canal Street Tavern, 4/29/11 By Benjamin Dale There once was a time when you could turn on a Top 40 radio station and actually hear songs that you liked – songs that you knew you would listen to for as long as you lived. There was a time when musicians wrote their own songs, played […]

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Advice Goddess: 3/31

By Amy Alkon Eyes that light up a womb I’m a 35-year-old guy who’s doing online dating and who’s against […]

News of the Weird: 3/31

By Chuck Shepherd The continuing crisis The trendy St. Pauli neighborhood in historic Hamburg, Germany, suffers its share of uncouth […]

The Docket:03/31

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Bad timing A Dayton police detective stopped at […]

Chew on this: 03/31

Defensive eating for nutrition survival By Jayne Powers Back in the day – think the years following World War I […]

News of the weird: 03/24

By Chuck Shepherd Anatomy Class in Court “This will be upsetting,” cautioned Justice Robert Graesser, addressing jurors in February in […]

Chew on this: 03/24

Cooking techniques and skills for healthier lives By Jayne Powers Nutrition is more than being able to pick out healthful […]