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90s reincarnate Daily Grind bump at Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Daily Grind’s Myles Mahoney, Matt Majot, and Brad Hammer hit Bob’s July 23; photo: Pat Hogan The Pittsburgh-based alt-rock band Daily Grind recently released their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, I Did Those Things, via Misra Records. The emerging quartet—consisting of vocalist and […]

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The 2016 Sizzling Summer Sextape

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Mixed by DCP audible writers   Allyson B. Crawford Guns n’ Roses – “Paradise City” (from Appetite for Destruction)  When Guns n’ Roses released Appetite for Destruction in 1987, the five band members clearly had no idea of the impact they were about to make on modern music, let alone the metal scene. Now, decades […]

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The Bucko stops here

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Cincinnati band takes on Yellow Springs’ Peach’s By Justin Kreitzer Emerging  Cincinnati indie rock quartet Bucko—formed just last year from the ashes of the beloved local acts Black Owls and Killtones—consists of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Losacker, guitarist/vocalist Ed Shuttleworth, bassist Josh Pilot and drummer Brian Kitzmiller. The band is currently writing and recording their […]

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Wide range of rock

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Columbus rock festival celebrates 10th year By Justin Kreitzer Rock On The Range—the largest rock festival in the United States—is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year with its best lineup yet. Headliners Disturbed, Rob Zombie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers along with Deftones, Megadeth, a recently reunited At the Drive-In and more than 50 […]

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Lost gems in your record bins

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Music critic Greg Prato explains what you’re missing By Justin Kreitzer Long Island, New York-based music critic and author Greg Prato recently released a new book titled, “Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention.” Previously his writing has been featured in Rolling Stone and he has written books about Primus, Faith No More, the grunge […]

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A debut is worth a thousand gigs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]