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Getting closer

The Motel Beds celebrate the release of Tango Boys By Kyle Melton Timing is everything. To be able to arrive at a moment and capitalize on years of experience and preparation is an elusive proposition. For Dayton’s Motel Beds, the past year saw these longtime scene favorites bring to the table an excellent new album, […]

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Shocker In Gloomtown

Part IV: Oscillating circuits By Kyle Melton [Editor’s Note: “Shocker in Gloomtown: Part III” is the third installment in a five-part series by the DCP looking at the past, present and future of the Dayton music scene. This series was originally run in the DCP in 2008.] By 2003, the local music scene emerged from […]

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Front Row: Christmas in Cape Breton

Cityfolk presents one-of-a-kind show Natalie MacMaster: Christmas in Cape Breton Canadian fiddler/dance-stepper Natalie MacMaster will return to Dayton on December 4 to present her new seasonal program, Christmas in Cape Breton. Based on her holiday traditions growing up off the coast of mainland Nova Scotia, MacMaster blends familiar Christmas carols and songs with Cape Breton […]

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Gracious peasant

Mosquito Hawk Exquisite issues vintage psych-rock from Gem City By Kyle Melton Although best known for his work with the horror-punk outfit the Jackalopes, Chad Wells recently revived an old endeavor, Mosquito Hawk Exquisite, to issue his newest musical endeavor, Cricketbows. With a decidedly left turn into vintage-tinged psychedelia, the band’s latest album Mycosmic Transmission […]

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Shocker In Gloomtown

Part III: This flag signals goodbye By Kyle Melton [Editor’s Note: “Shocker in Gloomtown: Part III” is the third installment in a five-part series by the DCP looking at the past, present and future of the Dayton music scene. This series was originally run in the DCP in 2008.] As the Dayton music scene reeled […]

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Heavy heart

Frontier Folk Nebraska celebrate release of eponymous second album By Kyle Melton By its nature, rock ‘n’ roll always blurs the lines between musical styles. While its roots can easily be traced back into blues, country, folk and jazz traditions, the modern era rock ‘n’ roll continues to evolve into a seemingly endless stream of […]

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Port of call

Beirut Performs at Bogart’s in Cincinnati for new album, The Rip Tide By Kyle Melton Upon the release of his debut album Gulag Orkestar in 2006, Zach Condon of Beirut quickly took the indie world by storm with an eclectic mix of European folk, classical and pop song structures. The band recently returned with a […]

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Shocker In Gloomtown

Part II: Vincent, come on down… By Kyle Melton By early 1994, the music scene burrowing out from under the post-industrial haze of Dayton was beginning to show some indelible signs of life. In much the same way the Moondog Coronation Ball served as a coming-out-party for rock ‘n’ roll some 40 years earlier, a […]

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A South Park Halloween

Legbone & The Jackalopes bring Halloween mayhem to South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Rock ‘n’ roll can provide an excellent outlet to shake off one’s mundane reality. Likewise, the Halloween season serves similar outlet, allowing people to don costumes and alter their personas for a time. For the members of Legbone and The Jackalopes, […]

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Shocker in Gloomtown

Part I: Who said I needed a reason? By Kyle Melton [Editor’s Note: “Shocker in Gloomtown: Part I” is the first installment in a five-part series by the DCP looking at the past, present and future of the Dayton music scene. This series was originally run in the DCP in 2008.] You never know where […]

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All together now

South Park Tavern Open Mic stage welcomes all musicians By Kyle Melton On any given night in towns across the country, musicians of all walks can be found gathering at local watering holes to participate in some variety of the classic open mic format. While there are numerous such events throughout the Miami Valley, the […]

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Front Row: “Shocker in Gloomtown” revisited

“Shocker in Gloomtown” revisited When I began writing for the Dayton City Paper in the summer of 2007, many newer bands were unaware of the city’s rich indie music legacy. In an attempt to provide a timeline of the Dayton’s rock underground’s experiences and to potentially provide some degree of solidarity amongst its performers and […]

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Ohio Film & Music Festival celebrates homegrown talent

First-ever festival will show off Ohio’s vast musical (and cinematic) contributions By Kyle Melton In nearly every arena of American life, Ohio’s contributions are substantial. This weekend in Columbus, the first Ohio Film + Music Festival will celebrate the state’s somewhat under-acknowledged contributions to the arts. With musical performances scheduled from RJD2, Heartless Bastards and […]

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Ripping off Van Winkle

Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody make first visit to Dayton By Kyle Melton In terms of musical influence, Adam Franklin’s work with early ‘90s shoegaze outfit Swervedriver, as well as his solo work with Toshack Highway and now Bolts of Melody, casts an expansive shadow over modern guitar players. With his most recent effort, […]

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A passion to preserve

Deke Dickerson & the Ecco-Fonics Return to Canal Street Tavern By Kyle Melton In the scope of American music, few instruments carry the cultural weight of the electric guitar. Over the course of several decades, the instrument demonstrated incredible versatility as it found application in jazz, country, and ultimately, countless strains of rock ‘n’ roll. […]

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We’re all in this together

Chicago’s Hospital Garden returns to Dayton to release Haunter By Kyle Melton While small cities like Dayton may offer ample opportunities for bands to pursue their muse unhindered by expectations and build a strong community amongst themselves, in a city like Chicago, bigger clubs and regular appearances by big-name touring bands offer up-and-coming acts chances […]

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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 […]