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Everyone needs a little me time

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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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Eye on the prize

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Yellow Springs’ Cyclops Fest brings DIY culture for third year By Justin Kreitzer  Photo: Dayton DJ favorites Scratchmatik will perform at Yellow Springs’ DIY showcase, the third annual Cyclops Festival; photo: Jordan Link Photography The annual fall festival season is upon us and it seems like every town, village and ‘burg has their own festival celebrating […]

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Stirring the pot

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Blue Moon Soup release album at Canal Street By Justin Kreitzer   Photo:  Blue Moon Soup perform at Canal Street Tavern on Sept. 6; photo: Mikecimages The Yellow Springs-based band Blue Moon Soup are set to release their self-titled sophomore album and will be celebrating this accomplishment with a CD release show at Canal Street […]

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The DCP Sizzlin’ Summer Sex Mixtape

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In keeping on theme for our first annual Sizzlin’ Summer Sex edition, we tasked our music writers to each contribute a track for our own special mixtape. While certainly there is more than one way to reach the palace of delights, depending on your mood and other inclinations, feel free to compile these tracks in […]

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Slicing up the scene

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Ohio Knife doubles down in Dayton By Justin Kreitzer  Photo: [l to r] Jason Snell and Joe Suer of Cinicnnati band Ohio Knife; photo: Jesse Fox Emerging Cincinnati indie rock band Ohio Knife is led by vocalist/guitarist Jason Snell, drummer Joe Suer and keyboardist Andrew Higley – all formerly of indie favorites The Chocolate Horse and […]

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Ear to the tracks

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Beat the heat with these cool new albums By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Max Sollich of Dolfish   After enduring a long stretch of rainy, spring-like weather, we have finally reached the dog days of summer here in Dayton. So grab an ice cold drink and put on these refreshing new albums and chill out with the back-porch […]

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I left my heart in San Cisco

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Australian indie-pop band set to play in Columbus By Justin Kreitzer  photo: Australian indie pop outfit San Cisco will visit The Basement in Columbus on July 26; photo credit: Kane Hibberd Australian indie-pop band San Cisco just released their self-titled debut album on July 16 via RCA Records in the United States. It was released by […]

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Passing down the sound

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Cincinnati’s Young Heirlooms visit Canal Street Tavern By Justin Kreitzer Photo:Cincinnati Americana duo Young Heirlooms visit Canal Street July 21; photo credit: Shannon Williams Young Heirlooms are a folk duo from Cincinnati made up of singer/songwriters Kelly Fine and Chris Robinson, formerly of indie-pop band Walk The Moon. Their gorgeous, close-knit vocal harmonies and sophisticated country-leaning […]

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The square is where … it’s at

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Downtown program is like ‘recess’ for adults By Justin Kreitzer Photo: [l to r] Charles Walker and Porsche Carmon of The Charles Walker band wil perform for The Square is Where on July 12; photo credit: Artaska Roberts The Square Is Where is a free entertainment program held at Courthouse Square, presented by the Downtown Dayton […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]