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Rockin’ all 50 states

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The well traveled, Toledo-born and Nashville-based musician Zak Shaffer is set to perform at the Dublin Pub on June 29 as part of his ongoing “Fifty States Tour.” Shaffer is armed with an acoustic guitar and a malleable voice that can effortlessly slide between a rocking yet soulful growl to a smooth country croon and […]

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Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, and Tonic are set to bring their hits to the stage. Rootsy 90s alternative rockers Gin Blossoms recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1992 hit album New Miserable Experience. At the […]

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Ohio is for rockers

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For twelve years, the ultimate destination for hard rock and heavy metal fans has been the Rock On The Range music festival held in Columbus every May. This year’s festival boasts a diverse lineup of 60 bands that touches on nearly every major rock subgenre, including Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Body Count, Power […]

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No Fuel like an old Fuel

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90s alt-rockers Fuel and Sponge team up to rock BMI Speedway Fuel frontman Brett Scallions leaving it all on the stage. By Justin Kreitzer Nostalgia for the 90s is in full effect at BMI Speedway this weekend with hard-rocking alternative bands Fuel and Sponge set to bring their hits to the stage in Versailles on […]

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Judge a song by its cover

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Author Ray Padgett tells the stories behind the greatest cover songs From “Hound Dog” to “Hurt,” Ray Padgett uncovers the great cover songs By Justin Kreitzer Some of the greatest, most beloved songs in rock history are cover songs and most of those songs, such as “Respect” by Aretha Franklin and “Hound Dog” by Elvis […]

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Crowd-funder road warrior garage-rock

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When Particles Collide duo at Jimmie’s By Justin Kreitzer When Particles Collide is a garage-rock duo that calls Bangor, Maine, their home and who epitomize the DIY attitude of indie rock with their relentless touring schedule. Husband and wife, vocalist/guitarist Sasha Alcott and drummer Chris Viner formed the band in 2010. They have since released […]

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Southern rock charm

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Jake Roberts Band bring outlaw country to Dark Horse Tavern Jake Roberts Band (L-R) Jake Roberts, Mark Bishop, and Nate Jenkins. Photo: Kendra Weatherholt By Justin Kreitzer Alongside the recent mainstream success stories of fellow retro-minded country & western artists such as Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, Franklin, Ohio’s Jake Roberts Band embodies the brash […]

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Thyme to rock

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Jericho Thyme’s well-seasoned jams at Trolley Stop Jason Mowery of Jericho Thyme. Photo: Jennifer Taylor By Justin Kreitzer Miamisburg-based Americana band Jericho Thyme is a collaborative effort between drummer/vocalist Josh Johnson, lead guitarist/vocalist Casey Ott, guitarist/vocalist Jason Mowery, bassist/vocalist Rob Thaxton, and violinist John Lardinois. The band formed in 2014 and with five members, their […]

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Homegrown

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Athens Duo promotes Ohio music with vinyl compilation series Photo: Kelley Deal (left) and Mike Montgomery (right) of R. Ring will be featured on Aquabear Legion’s newest edition By Justin Kreitzer Aquabear Legion is the long-running music promotion project of co-founders Brian Koscho and Todd Jacops. The duo started the project in Athens, Ohio in […]

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Dare you to groove

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Lifehouse and Switchfoot join forces at Rose Music Center Photo: Lifehouse’s (l-r) Steve Stout, Jason Wade, Bryce Soderberg, and Ricky Woolstenhulme, Jr. By Justin Kreitzer Alternative rock band Lifehouse, led by singer-songwriter Jason Wade, emerged in the post-grunge era in the year 2000 with their still-inescapable hit, “Hanging By A Moment.” With their radio-friendly melodic […]

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This is Steve

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Experience Delicate Steve at 2nd Yellow Springs SpringsFest Delicate Steve headlines SpringsFest at 8 p.m. July 8; photo: Guy Eppel By Justin Kreitzer In only its second year, SpringsFest is already taking off. The laidback festival, held Saturday, July 8 on the lawn of the John Bryan Community Center in Yellow Springs, is produced by […]

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Scream it from the mountain

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Starset, Live, and others play Rock on the Range By Justin Kreitzer Photo: (l-r) Chad Taylor and Ed Kowalczyk of Live hit Rock on the Range May 19; photo: Eric Forberger Rock on the Range (ROTR) celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, and continues to get bigger and better with age. The hard rock music […]

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Prog rock for president

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Abertooth Lincoln wins big at Rockstar Pro Arena By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Ashley Pooler of Abertooth Lincoln addresses politically charged topics, here burning a copy of DCP’s ‘Worst of 2016’ edition cover featuring Brock Turner   Dayton’s premiere progressive punk rock band Abertooth Lincoln has entrenched itself in the local music scene over the years […]

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Bright star

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William Matheny spins alt-country stories at Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: William Matheny steps into the spotlight Saturday, April 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Josh Saul West Virginia singer-songwriter William Matheny—formerly a multi-instrumentalist in the now defunct Ohio-based folk-rock band, Southeast Engine—is ready for his time in the spotlight. A storyteller in the vein […]

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Wearing a Southern Gothic mood ring

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Ancient Warfare rides the sonic terrain at Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Ancient Warfare’s (l-r) Derek Rhineheimer, Echo Wilcox, Rachel Yanarella, and Emily Hagihara photo: Ann Sydney Taylor The Southern Gothic genre owes a lot to writers like Tennessee Williams and Cormac McCarthy, the first season of True Detective, and a boatload of heavy-lidded […]

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Emo-ting all over yourself

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Pop punk’s You vs. Yesterday against the world at Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: You vs. Yesterday’s Kramer Welker takes listeners high and low Dec. 23 at Bob’s; photo: Jesse Darland Dayton has such a great and varied musical history that includes—but is not limited to—the strutting funk bands of the ‘70s, the lo-fi ‘90s […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]