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Dayton: on the books

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Curt Dalton champions city history By Kyle Melton Photo: Dayton Historian Curt Dalton displays “Through Flood, Through Fire: Personal Stories From Survivors of the Dayton Flood of 1913”; photo: Sydney Reynolds In the world of academia, historical writing is a long process, guided by agendas of universities and the niche fields of study in which professors both […]

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Fortunate son

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Human jukebox Nick Mitchell releases new album By Kyle Melton Photo: [l to r] Marty Romie, Jay Scott, Scot Givens and Nick Mitchell of the Skeptical Cats; photo: Pam Mitchell For musicians, the idea of making a living by playing music is the dream. Many musicians work hard at their craft and struggle to find an […]

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Damn the man!

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Celebrate Record Store Day 2014 By Kyle Melton You walk into your local record store. You’re browsing through the racks of vinyl, listening to the music playing over the speakers. It’s an album you’ve never heard before, so you ask the guy or girl behind the counter, “Who is this?” Next thing you know, you’re […]

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Sing it out

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VOICES exhibition at UD ArtStreet By Kyle Melton Photo: The VOICES exhibition is on display through April 25 at UD ArtStreet Studio D Gallery It’s difficult to imagine a time when rock n’ roll, jazz, disco, hip-hop and blues were not welcome in the American cultural mainstream. It’s true – all of these musical forms emerged […]

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Modern classicism

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MusicNOW festival goes orchestral at Cincinnati Music Hall By Kyle Melton Photo: Eighth Blackbird will perform Saturday, March 22 as part of MusicNOW 2014; photo: Luke Ratray In 2006, Bryce Dessner – of critically acclaimed indie outfit The National – perceived a disconnect in modern music. In his view, there were some incredible musical advances being […]

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Oregon District staple offers taste of the exotic

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Why Thai 9 is a perennial favorite By Avery King Photo: Panaeng curry with tofu and green beans at Thai 9 in the Oregon District A staple of downtown dining since 2003, Thai 9’s unassuming exterior at 11 Brown St. anchors the Oregon District’s east end. The restaurant’s simple façade hides an elegant and spacious dining […]

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Sleeping on the job

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Columbus’ Sleep Fleet record release at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Guitarist Corey Montgomery and Sleep Fleet celebrate the release of Hudson & High at Blind Bob’s on Feb. 1; photo: Megan Leigh Barnard Sleep Fleet’s upbeat brand of punk-tinged, crooning indie rock n’ roll tunes have developed among lineup changes and relocation. From their […]

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From feast to famine

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Dayton’s brewing legacy  By Kyle Melton   Photo: The Riverside Brewing Company along the western bank of the Great Miami River before it was razed after the Great Flood of 1913; photo courtesy Dayton History Beer is, arguably, the foundation upon which civilization is built. From the ancient Sumerian and Egyptian cultures of the 7th century […]

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Meeting people is easy

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A beginner’s guide to the Dayton music scene By: Kyle Melton & Gary Spencer   Photo: Local favorites Nightbeast throw down on their home turf at Blind Bob’s; photo: Jacob Bonham Media; cover photo: Buffalo Killers at Canal Street Tavern by Jordan Frei If you’re looking to find out about one of Dayton’s great hidden treasures, look […]

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The Faces of Dayton

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Photos by: Bill Franz and Andrew Thompson Take a walk around downtown Dayton. History seems to be everywhere, but so too does the air of possible futures. Without a doubt, Dayton is running headlong into a new era where its storied past meets waves of new ideas emerging around every corner. The character of the […]

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It’s hip to be square

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Dayton’s square cut pizza culture  By Kyle Melton Photo: Marion’s Piazza square cut pizza “It was in the 1950s when I ate my first pizza in Dayton, Ohio, and that pizza was cut in small, square pieces. It was in the early 1960s when I ate a pizza out of the Dayton area that was […]

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Around the Fringe with Rev. Cool

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Celebrating 30 Years with WYSO By Kyle Melton Cultural change doesn’t happen overnight. In many cases, individuals work quietly, slowly altering the fabric of their communities without notoriety. While often a thankless task, their efforts over extended periods of time result in significant progress toward a more enlightened population. In the case of Jim Carter, […]

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Run Down the Day

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Cincinnati’s The Seedy Seeds Return to South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Joy. Pure, unbridled joy. The pursuit of this ideal lies at the core of The Seedy Seeds’ aesthetic. Hailing from Cincinnati, the trio brings an impassioned sense of wonder and bliss to each and every performance which, if allowed, can cause uncontrollable gyrating […]

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The Big Hat & Toy Show

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Guided By Voices Classic-Era Lineup returns in classic form By Kyle Melton Upon disbanding the beloved Guided By Voices (GBV) in 2004, Robert Pollard proclaimed that he would never reform the band and that GBV were a thing of the past. After 20 years serving as both reclusive home recording enthusiasts, indie rock darlings, and […]

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Good deal

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Kelley Deal looks back on 2011 By Kyle Melton Hibernation isn’t always a bad thing. After a five-year silence since their previous album, Title TK, Dayton-based twins Kelley and Kim Deal emerged once again in 2008 with their internationally renowned outfit the Breeders and a new album, Mountain Battles. The following year, Kelley issued a […]

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Shocker In Gloomtown

Part V: Our modern love by Kyle Melton with W.C. Ruffnel As the Dayton indie music scene rolled into the end of the 2000s, numerous changes taking place set the stage for a minor resurgence in its vitality. With the once vibrant Elbo’s club closed and the might Guided By Voices closing shop, the scene […]

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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 […]

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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 […]