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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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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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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]