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Sun Hound ‘go big or go home’ at Taffy’s of Eaton Photo: Sun Hound’s (l-r) Nicole Pyeritz and Jessica Fisch bring a full-band sound to Taffy’s June 2 By Gary Spencer Some may call it fate, but most rock duos don’t start out as a twosome—usually some circumstance or happy accident takes a band from […]

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Midwest’s best

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DCP music writers highlight Nelsonville Music Festival Photo: Cloud Nothings take the Main Stage June 2 at Nelsonville Music Festival   Ween Saturday, June 3, 9:30 p.m., Main Stage They Might Be Giants Friday, June 2, 9:30 p.m., Main Stage By Gary Spencer In the past, most bands featured at the annual Nelsonville Music Festival have […]

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‘Sexual master class’

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Luenell delivers rated-R show at Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Luenell goes for ‘big, big laughs’ at the Dayton Funny Bone May 25-27; photo: Steven Littles By Gary Spencer “A lot of people recognize my face but don’t remember my name,” says comedian and actress Luenell. “I’m not quite a household name.” Chances are most people […]

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An open diary

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Zainab Johnson promises ‘a good ass time’ at Dayton Funny Bone By Gary Spencer Photo: Zainab Johnson performs May 11-14 at the Dayton Funny Bone For most comedians, the lives they lead form the backbone of what they do. It’s “write what you know” applied to comedy. The adage applies particularly well to young New […]

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As good as (not) dead

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Local H subverts ’90s nostalgia at Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Scott Lucas (left) and Ryan Harding of Local H perform May 9 at Rockstar Pro Arena Dirty flannel, Doc Martens, and light wash jeans are everywhere these days—’90s nostalgia is at peak popularity. Sticker and Trapper Keeper mogul Lisa Frank is doing […]

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Million mile traveler

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Peter Mulvey celebrates 25 years of music at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: Indie-folk musician Peter Mulvey celebrates 25 years of songwriting Saturday, April 22 at Yellow Cab Tavern; photo: Elisabeth Witt Indie-folk music is one of those subgenres of music that seems to spawn both artists who get hot for a minute and […]

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A force awakens

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Dayton Philharmonic presents ‘The Best of John Williams’ By Gary Spencer Photo: Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker, from the ‘Star Wars’ series, set to a classic score by John Williams; photo: Rob Bogaerts, Dutch National Archives Oftentimes, one of the most overlooked parts to the success of a motion picture is the score. While it may […]

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Charged particles

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Cincinnati’s Electric Citizen livens heavy rock at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Photo: Laura Dolan of Electric Citizen brings heavy rock to Jimmie’s April 8; photo: Joshua Ford   There’s a saying that goes, “What’s old is new again,” and that adage is often applicable to music. Particularly in the world of heavy metal, the retro sounds of […]

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The sound of sludge

Noise

‘Prepare to be marred’ by Reflex Machine at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Reflex Machine’s lead drummer Alex Oakley (right) and bassist James Garcia produce a ‘chemical imbalance’ of sound; photo: Kaitlin Milligan   There are some people who believe there’s freedom in dissonance, liberty in noise, and energy in anger, and that certainly […]

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Fighting through turbulence

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Flying Underground rises again at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Flying Underground’s (l-r) drummer Chris Arduser, lead vocalist Kelly McCracken, guitarist Brian Lovely, and bassist Dave Ramos; photo: Sybilka Storie   It should come as no surprise that some of the best art is often created amidst the turmoil and adversity of life events […]

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All that jazz

Jazz

Ellis Marsalis and Sherrie Maricle headline Beavercreek’s Weekend of Jazz By Gary Spencer Photo:Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra co-headline the 17th annual Weekend of Jazz Festival March 2-4; photo: Shaun Mader Jazz is one of America’s biggest and most important contributions to modern culture. Born of southern African-American culture in the late 19th century, […]

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Carrying that weight

Blues

The Lucky Dutch buries the night at Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer Photo: The Lucky Dutch’s (l-r) Claire Corriveau, Ben Dacoba, Nathan Graham, and David Padula get hot and heavy at Trolley Stop Feb. 18 Blues music, or simply the blues, is as American as baseball and apple pie. With roots situated in the Deep South […]

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Hanging out

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Only Flesh hooks the audience at Therapy Cafe By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Revina Lower and Damien Thompson of Only Flesh bring the freak show to Therapy Cafe Saturday, Feb. 11; photos: David Heasley Props and theatrics in rock music are hardly a new thing. In the early 1960s, Screaming Jay Hawkins emerged from a coffin […]

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Permanent sketches

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Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo opens with ‘Body Rock’ photo exhibit By Gary Spencer Photo: Photo of Absinthe Junk’s Blair Breitreiter on display starting Feb. 3 at Wells & Co. on Third Street; photo: Christopher Corn Tattoos are arguably more popular than ever in modern culture. It seems that everywhere you go, tattoos are instantly […]

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Dream women: DPAA’s Soul Singers take the Schuster stage

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Soul sistas 3 Dayton women’s journeys to the Schuster stage By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s ‘Soulful’ winners, Tiffany Bryant, Frances Wright Pate, and Yolanda Drake It’s everyone’s dream to go from doing something you love for your amusement or for the entertainment of a small circle of family and friends to the […]

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In the Deep House

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Legendary DJs Mark Farina and Colette return to Therapy Cafe By Gary Spencer Photo: Expect a spontaneous set from Chicago-based DJ Mark Farina, who co-headlines Volume: Deep House Friday with DJ Colette at Therapy Cafe, Jan. 20 Most dance music styles have a short shelf life, but house music has continued to endure since its […]

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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 […]