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Can’t hear the revolution

The Art of Consuming Music in the Digital Age By Kyle Melton As the web came of age in the early years of this century, a handful of sites emerged that gave bands unprecedented access to potential listeners. Sites such as Pure Volume and the ubiquitous Myspace enabled artists and listeners to interact on a […]

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Crtitc’s Pick: Rock, 4/19/11

Daikaiju . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton Hailing from the unlikely locale of Huntsville, Ala., surf-rock quartet Daikaiju deliver a beautifully twisted take on one of rock’s most invigorating strains. Appearing live […]

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Critic’s Pick: Indie 4/12/11

John Gassett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton Having served in such notable Dayton bands such as the Fire Science and Goatherd, local scene stalwart John Gassett turned a musical corner last year with his self-released Makeher […]

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Record Store Day spins on

Local Indie Stores celebrate 4th annual Record Store Day By Kyle Melton Since its inception in 2008, Record Store Day has attracted enthusiastic record collectors seeking exclusive titles available only on this day and garnered much-needed attention for fledgling indie record stores across the country. With hundreds of exclusive titles ranging from rare re-issues to […]

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At Least We Have Each Other

Southeast Engine Returns with Canary By Kyle Melton Americans watched helplessly as their nation descended into economic despair in late 2008. Dayton native Adam Remnant took a look at the situation and created an artistic statement both observational and transcendental. On Southeast Engine’s fourth album, Canary, Remnant ties the American experience of economic hardship and […]

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Critic’s Pick: Indie 4/5/11

The Crazy Joe Show at Canal Street Tavern . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton For the past two decades, “Crazy” Joe Tritschler quietly earned a reputation as a top-notch engineer, producer and guitarist. With Emmy awards for his record production and several tours with twang […]

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Critic’s Pick: Rock

The Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton During the early 90s, the Method stood as one of the premier acts in the Dayton underground, winning Canal Street Tavern’s Dayton Band Play-Offs in 1991. Led […]

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Critic’s Pick: Benefit

The Graveblankets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton Led by songwriter Chris Arduser [the Bears, the Psychodots], Cincinnati’s the Graveblankets have channeled Midwestern pop/folk/country/alt into a twangy soul stew over the past two decades. On their most recent effort, Error Avenue, the group showcases […]

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Guided By Voices comes home

Dublin Pub set the stage for a classic GBV show on March 16 By Kyle Melton Deep into their epic set at Dublin Pub on St. Practice Day, the Classic Lineup of Dayton’s Guided By Voices (GBV) broke into the track “Lethargy” from their 1992 breakthrough album, Propeller. While the track barely breaks the one-minute […]

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Rip It Up

Wanda Jackson Returns with The Party Ain’t Over By Kyle Melton One of rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest female participants, an Oklahoma teenager named Wanda Jackson, forged a fiery sound with her single “Let’s Have a Party,” earning her the title of “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Over her nearly 50-year career, Jackson continued to work […]

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Why We Care So Much

Sam at Eleven Celebrate Release of Debut Album ‘The Year We Won’ By Kyle Melton It can often be a struggle for emerging local bands to find their niche and build a sizable following. In the case of the defunct alt-punk quartet HQAX [pronounced ‘hoax’], external confusion regarding their name and internal confusion over the […]

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Critic’s Pick: Rock 3/15/11

Guided By Voices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton When word came down last summer that the “Classic Lineup” of Dayton icons Guided By Voices would be reuniting for an extended U.S. tour, tickets sold out at exceptional clip from coast […]

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Funeral for a Satellite

The Esther Caulfield Orchestra at South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton While the myriad of music that emerged from the 1960s continues to inform and inspire modern practitioners, there are those acolytes that seek to faithfully reinterpret the tones and production values of that bygone era. As one of these acts, the Esther Caulfield Orchestra […]

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Critic’s Pick – The Avery Set

By Kyle Melton Nashville quartet the Avery Set digs deep into the fertile soil of their homebase of Nashville with their latest album, “Returning to Steam,” presenting an engaging blend of vintage twang fused with modern indie sensibilities. Led by Michigan natives and high school friends guitarist/vocalist Chris Zehnder and drummer Jake Bartlett, the band […]

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Hit and run

Austin’s the Hi-Tones stop in Dayton En Route  to SXSW By Kyle Melton It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that Austin, Texas is one of the most affluent music cities in the world at the moment. From the Austin City Limits television program to the massive South by Southwest (SXSW) annual music festival right down […]

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Bent around a dying dream

Louisville’s The Fervor Celebrate Release of ‘Arise, Great Warrior’ By Kyle Melton Hardly a day goes by anymore without yet another story coming out decrying the death of the music industry and claiming that people will never pay for music again. While the traditional music industry may be dying, that hardly means the death of […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]