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Leave the porch light on

The End Times Spasm Band brings early jazz into modern era By Kyle Melton In the early 20th century, the cultural and musical shift brought on by the advent of jazz defined the era. While the form’s rampant evolution quickly moved past its humble origins, its earliest strains continued to reveal themselves as a vibrant […]

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Found another way

Cincinnati’s the Chocolate Horse celebrates release of Beasts By Kyle Melton When starting new construction, it’s typically wise to start simple. Select a single element, refine it, then begin the process of addition until finally arriving at a fully-realized artistic statement. For Cincinnati sextet the Chocolate Horse, this process took nearly a decade. This weekend […]

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Undress

Toads and Mice streamline for Dark Party By Kyle Melton In its current state, the music brewing up from the underground of Dayton’s independent rock scene shows exceptional variety for a humble, midwestern town. Over the past few years, Toads and Mice established themselves as one of the most promising young talents, combining harsh dissonance, […]

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Old vs. new

Choosing between online and traditional guitar lessons by Kyle Melton Learning to play any instrument is a potentially daunting task. For anyone seeking to attain rock god status with a guitar in hand, the obstacles abound. From choosing an instrument and maintaining it to learning both basic and advanced skills takes years to master. In […]

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Take your place

Buffalo Killers return with new album, 3 By Kyle Melton In the current musical climate, much of the current crop of indie talents perpetually invent yet new sub-genres on a near-weekly basis, further severing ties to rock ‘n’ roll’s fertile roots. Cincinnati trio Buffalo Killers, however, find that drawing from ‘60s and ‘70s rock icons […]

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What’s in a name?

Local musicians combine love of music and animals by Kyle Melton If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, it’s no wonder that so many music lovers name their beloved animals after some element of music. Whether it be naming your cat after a band, as in the case of the Motel Beds’ Darryl […]

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The idea of me

Paige Beller celebrates release of debut, Don’t You Dare By Kyle Melton Within many musicians there lies of number of creative forces that may oppose one another in terms of stylistics. In an increasingly particular marketplace, many artists struggle to refine their muse in order to best cater to finicky genre boundaries in an attempt […]

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In Session

Local studios offer musicians the best in vintage and modern recording By Kyle Melton Throughout the 20th century, the proliferation of audio recordings on various formats provided some of the most galvanizing artistic moments of their eras. From early jazz 78s to influential blues and country 7” 45s to the ascendancy of the 33½ 12” […]

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In the Loop 6/21/11

Olive jukebox Although still a short time away from their official opening, the new eatery known as Olive, an Urban Dive seems to have big plans about supporting local music as well as local foodies. Upon opening its doors, Olive will offer an iPad jukebox which will feature Dayton music exclusively. They are putting out […]

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Let It Ride

Eric Jerardi Band Brings Soulful Blues/Rock to Oregon Express By Kyle Melton For more than a century, the blues has served as fertile soil from which countless musical forms have sprouted. Nearly every American region has given birth to idiosyncratic interpretations of the form, and upon its electrification in the middle of the last century […]

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Summer in the City

DCP Summer Sampler Free Download By Kyle Melton, Benjamin Dale, Gary Spencer and W.C. Ruffnel With summer already kicking down spring’s door, it only seemed fitting that the DCP music staff would come together to create a mixtape for your summer adventures. Courtesy of music writers Benjamin Dale, W.C. Ruffnel and Gary Spencer, and Music […]

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YouIndie: the new frontier

Dayton-based Blog Connects Local and National Indie Culture By Kyle Melton It’s no secret that blog culture has infiltrated nearly every corner of life in the modern era. In the realm of music and pop culture, however, this takeover seems to have rendered traditional media outlets increasingly obsolete. Local blogger Tim Anderl of the YouIndie […]

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Getting Ghetto in the Gem City

Ghettoblaster Magazine Provides Unique Perspective on Modern Music By Kyle Melton Over the past few years, the monolithic music magazine Rolling Stone experienced significant dwindling of their pages as the indie favorite Paste eliminated its print edition altogether. Largely due to the rise of MP3 music blogs, which used their ability to provide true up-to-the-minute […]

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Healthy Spines

Captain of Industry Return After Two-Year Hiatus By Kyle Melton For anyone familiar with the embarrassment of musical riches springing forth from the humble fountain of Dayton, the name Captain of Industry surely stands as one of the most singular voices of the last decade. Formed from the ashes of Pigeye Jackson in 2002, Captain […]

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Critic’s Pick: Indie

Squids Eye Records 4th Anniversary Show . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton Although the once-formidable label has taken a hiatus over the past 18 months, Squids Eye Records recently returned to active status and will celebrate its contributions to the local scene with an anniversary show at South […]

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Mothers Meat

Chicago’s Dead Rider Return with The Raw Dents By Kyle Melton In a musical climate where virtually anything goes, it’s easy for recombinations of musical elements to fail to achieve anything beyond pastiche. In the hands of skilled craftspeople, however, there is a frontier of musical exploration standing open for innovation. For Chicago’s Dead Rider, […]

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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 […]