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Folkin’ rock ‘n’ roll!

Cincinnati’s Frontier Folk Nebraska comes to Canal Public House By Rusty Pate Photo: Michael Hensley, Travis Talbert, Steven Oder and Nathan Wagner of Frontier Folk Nebraska Rock ‘n’ roll has become such a bastardized term. While modern culture has absorbed it, allowing any hack to don leather pants, grab a Gibson Flying V and flash a […]

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Craft this!

Big Brews and Blues craft-draugh charityfest at Carillon Park By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Big Brews and Blues begins at 5 p.m. May 16 at Carillon Park; photo: Sarah Browning It’s not really a secret blues music and an ice cold brew make the perfect pair. The Big Brews And Blues fundraising event, benefiting Diabetes Dayton, has […]

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Everyone needs a little me time

Dayton’s Me Time album release By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Andy Smith [left] and Kyle Melton [right] of Me Time; photo: Jordan Frei Me Time is the new band from the prolific Dayton-based singer-songwriter Andy Smith, who has recently played in the acclaimed bands King Elk and Andrew & the Pretty Punchers. Smith is joined by another […]

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Why should the fire die?

Nickel Creek play Taft Theatre By Justin Kreitzer Photo:  Nickel Creek perform on May 6 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati; photo: Brantley Gutierrez To celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band, Nickel Creek – the trio featuring mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Sean Watkins and violinist Sara Watkins – have returned from a nine-year hiatus to […]

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Dating a band from Dayton

Fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival at Gilly’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Local alt-rock favorites Gathering Mercury will perform at the fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival at Gillly’s Feb. 14-15 The fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival will return this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-15 at Gilly’s. Boasting an impressive lineup that […]

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Ear to the tracks

New music for the new year By Justin Kreitzer Here are three excellent new albums to get your new year started off with a bang! Ray Tarantino//Good Things Will Happen//Tiny Drum Records   Rising singer/songwriter Ray Tarantino will release his third album, Good Things Will Happen, via Tiny Drum Records in May, though it is available […]

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Ear to the tracks

Late blooming albums for your year end lists  By: Justin Kreitzer   Well, 2013 is nearly over and as far as music goes it was an absolutely incredible year, with top notch releases from indie rock mainstays such as Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Daft Punk and Okkervil River taking most of the headlines. Before you […]

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Just what the doctor ordered

Dr. Dog to play Newport Music Hall in Columbus By Justin Kreitzer  Photo: Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog perform in support of their new album, B-Room, at Newport Music Hall in Columbus on Thursday, Nov. 7; Photo: Nicky Devine Earlier this month, Philadelphia-based retro-rockers Dr. Dog released their excellent new album, B-Room, via ANTI- Records to great praise. […]

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Cruisin’ for a bruisin’

Garage duo The Holy Smokes play Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer   Photo: [l to r] Joe Dannin and Joey Beach of The Holy Smokes; photo: Sophie Dannin If you didn’t happen to catch their electrifying performance at this year’s Dayton Music Fest, you are in luck because The Holy Smokes, will bring their pummeling performance […]

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Making a case for Americana

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Peter Case to play Canal Street By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Peter Case will perform at Canal Street Tavern on Wednesday, Sept. 25 Though formerly of the seminal ’70s punk band The Nerves and ’80s power-pop acts The Plimsouls and The Breakaways, veteran singer/songwriter Peter Case has been writing and recording as a solo […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]