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A debut is worth a thousand gigs

Folk artist Mike Vial performs live at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer Mike Vial gave up teaching high school English in 2011 to become a fulltime musician. Since then, the Michigan-based singer/songwriter has no regrets, playing more than 1,000 gigs and releasing three EP’s and several singles that capture his confessional and organic brand of […]

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Life me up

Lewis Knudsen brings sing-along pop to Yellow Spring’s Spirited Goat By Justin Kreitzer Genre-defiant and highly prolific Quad Cities singer-songwriter Lewis Knudsen released The Way Of Most Resistance last summer.  His latest and greatest album sees him branching out into funk and soul music complete with jubilant horns and danceable rhythms, where previously his eclectic […]

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Citrus rock

Cincy’s Lemon Sky at Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Lemon Sky, the Cincinnati psych-rock/prog-pop hybrids recently released Dos, their aptly-titled and long-awaited sophomore album. Highlighted by its three-pronged guitar attack—consisting of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Madrigal, guitarists Eric Cronstein and Ed “Shredward” Bruker along with bassist Steve “Phteven” Korfhagen and drummer Eric Keyes—they create a heavy yet highly-melodic […]

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When doves fly

Indiana’s Red Clay Pigeons bring folk-rock to Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Muncie, Indiana-based singer-songwriter Wesley Moore previously released a deeply personal solo album, In The Wake, in 2014.  For his next project, he has recruited a band—Red Clay Pigeons—featuring the talents of multi-instrumentalist Bryce Robertson, keyboardist Ian Taylor and drummer Allen Tucker.  Alongside Moore’s pleasant […]

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Only going up

Blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey to play Oddbody’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Kelly Richey plays Oddbody’s Saturday, Dec. 19; photo: Sonya Ziegler Cincinnati-based veteran blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey is set to release a new album early next year titled, Shakedown Soul. It will be Richey’s 16th album in a career spanning 35 years. In anticipation of […]

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Eager to please

The Black Lillies to play Oddbody’s Music Room By Justin Kreitzer Photo: The Black Lillies perform at Oddbody’s on Nov. 19; photo: Joseph Llanes The Black Lillies are a Knoxville-based Americana band led by singer-songwriter Cruz Contreras. Their hybrid sound effortlessly blends elements of classic country and western, and dusty folk-rock with punchy Motown-like horns […]

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A tune of one’s own

Holly Williams’ original Americana at MU Hamilton By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Holly Williams performs Nov. 14 at Miami University in Hamilton; photo: Heather Baker Nashville-based singer-songwriter Holly Williams comes from country music royalty—her father is Hank Williams Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Williams. That kind of pressure and the lofty expectations could have easily […]

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Observations of the disenchanted

Speaking Suns play Peach’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Speaking Suns will perform on Oct. 10 at Peach’s in Yellow Springs Born in Athens and based in Yellow Springs, Speaking Suns will be playing a hometown show at Peach’s Bar and Grill on October 10. The emerging band—vocalist and guitarist Jake Diebold, keyboardist Sam Salazar, bassist […]

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Since the day I was born

Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins solo at Canal Public House By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek will perform a solo show at Canal Public House on April 22; photo: Devin Pedde Singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Sean Watkins has practically been playing music since birth. He co-founded the influential Grammy-winning Americana trio Nickel Creek, […]

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What’s on your mind?

Nashville blues rock trio Simo play Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Bassist Frank Swart of Simo will perform with the band on Jan. 23 at Blind Bob’s Simo is a Nashville-based blues rock power trio led by the fancy fretwork of guitar wizard J.D. Simo and rounded out by the roaring rhythm section of […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]