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Eager to please

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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Ohio’s finest folk

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WinterFolk Fest returns for round two By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle will peform at this year’s WinterFolk Fest; photo: Bill Fultz Are you looking for a way to escape the bitter cold of winter? Then seek refuge in the Yellow Cab building on Saturday, Jan. 17 and get nice […]

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Shrug it out

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Shrug and The Future Laureates to play Canal Public House By Justin Kreitzer Photo: The Future Laureates will perform with Shrug at Canal Public House on Nov. 14; photo: Kaitlyn McQuaid Led by ever-present vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Tod Weidner (also of Motel Beds) and drummer Dan Stahl, along with bassist Bryan Lakatos, keyboardist Ken Hall […]

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Where I stand

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Partially-reunited Days of the New at Oddbody’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Travis Meeks, Days of the New frontman, will perform on Nov. 7 at Oddbody’s Music Room; photo: Jason Fresta Nostalgia for the ’90s is at an all-time high especially in the music world – where bands like Weezer, and Dayton’s own The Breeders and […]

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Hard to go home empty-handed

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Street Fair returns to Yellow Springs By Justin Kreitzer Photo: New Richmond Alpaca will return for Yellow Springs Street Fair; photo: Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce The fall festival season is in full swing with the alluring scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and crisp apple filling the air, as well as the craft fairs filling our […]

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Folkin’ rock ‘n’ roll!

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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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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]