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Critic’s Pick – Matta Gawa

Matta Gawa By Kyle Melton For those looking to challenge their musical boundaries this weekend, DC duo Matta Gawa will provide an exceptional opportunity. With their self-described “cinematic chunks of post-hardcore improvised sound”, Matta Gawa takes cues from free jazz icons such as Sonny Sharrock and Ornette Coleman, as well as from the storied DC […]

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Critic’s Pick – The White Soots

The White Soots By Kyle Melton With the recent release of their eponymous debut, local trio The White Soots offered up an excellent dish of quality rock n’ roll. Fueled by the guitar histrionics of Kyle Byrum, the Soots filter 70s arena sludge, 60s garage, and 50s rock n’ roll into an exceptionally engaging package. […]

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Critics pick – Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire

Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire By Kyle Melton Hailing from the unlikely locale of Grand Rapids, Mich., Nathan Kalish & The Wildfire deliver a sonic stew that sounds much more at home in a backwoods swamp. The band is currently out on tour in support of their latest album, Waterbirds, on which they combine muscular […]

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The Proof

Celebrating the History of Dayton Music By Kyle Melton For nearly 50 years, the humble metropolis of Dayton has given to the world a number of genre-defining musical acts that have gone largely unnoticed at home. Some have served as beacons for music lovers the world over, elevating Dayton to near-mythical status as an unlikely […]

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Uke or die

Henrique Couto Strips Down to His Ukulele By Kyle Melton While Dayton has long served as a breeding ground for musicians employing a bevy of instruments from guitars to synths to mandolins, the humble four-string ukulele seems to have made little impact on Dayton music. Armed with an amplified version of the ukulele, one exceptionally […]

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Lean Into The Sway

Thrift Store Cowboys Bring West Texas To Dayton By Kyle Melton For most artists, locale typically serves as an endless source of inspiration for their work. Whether this backdrop is natural or manmade, the landscape is an inescapable force on art. Drawing on the vast spaces and rich musical traditions of their homeland, Lubbock, Texas […]

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Rock

Hawthorne Heights By Kyle Melton After rising to prominence in 2004 with their debut The Silence In Black and White, Dayton-based outfit Hawthorne Heights witnessed a string of incidents to hamper the band’s progress. Following the untimely passing of guitarist Casey Calvert in 2007 and a departure from Victory Records after 2008’s Fragile Future, Hawthorne […]

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Dayton Skate Punk Fest

Around Town By Kyle Melton There has long been an inextricable link between skateboarding and punk rock and this bond will be celebrated Saturday, September 4 at the Dayton Skate Punk Fest held at Polish Picnic Grounds, 3690 Needmore Rd. Presented by Punx in Space Productions, One Love Skate Shop and The Punk & Punk […]

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Indie

Kuan By Kyle Melton Upon their return from a month-long tour of the U.S., local instrumental quartet Kuan return to Dayton to celebrate the release of their new EP, Colors. Building on the momentum of last year’s Standby/On album, Kuan continues to deliver monstrous riff-driven epics tempered by tasteful dynamics, jazzy finesse and dashes of […]

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Celebrating Creativity Of Women

Ladyfest Dayton Returns This Weekend By Kyle Melton This weekend, and for the third year, Ladyfest Dayton returns to arts incubator c}space to present a showcase for female artists in the Dayton area. Led by festival organizer Mary Kathryn Burnside and joined this year by Heather Lea Reid, Heather Jones, Jenn Money and Lissa Lush […]

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Rock

The Motel Beds By Kyle Melton In a year thus far that has witnessed numerous excellent local releases, The Motel Beds offer their second for 2010. Following up on the January release of their sprawling sonic episode, Moondazed, the Beds return this weekend with its follow-up, Feelings. While more focused than their previous release, Feelings […]

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Ale Fest

Celebrating Craft beer 12th Annual Dayton Alefest Returns To Carillon Park By Kyle melton Changes in cultural attitudes take root over the course of years, often decades. When the shift seeks to debase monolithic corporate institutions, the challenge is often met with firm resistance. As a man on a mission to educate beer lovers in […]

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Rock

Eat Sugar By Kyle Melton Cincinnati quartet Eat Sugar have made a name for themselves throughout the region as a high-energy synth-fueled outfit over the past five years. With two EPs under their collective belt, Eat Sugar return on their newest album, Levantese!, with all the hallmarks for which they are known: unrelenting rhythms, hypnotically […]

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Dayton Beer Week Beer Pride Parade

Dayton Beer Week Beer Pride Parade With Dayton AleFest returning for its 13th annual incarnation this year, festival organizer Joe Waizmann and various local taverns, restaurants and distributors are teaming up to take the event to a new level with the first Dayton Beer Week. OnSunday, August 22 at 4:30 p.m., Dayton Beer Week will […]

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Rock

Sleep Fleet By Kyle Melton Known to many in the Dayton area as All Alliteration Aside until early in 2010, the energetic trio that is Sleep Fleet will release a new EP, Good Morning! Good Morning! Good Morning! Good Morning! Driven by the impassioned songwriting and equally thrilling delivery of guitarist Corey Montgomery, his unbridled […]

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Be Prepared That Things Are Gonna Happen

Okay Lindon Celebrate Release Of Second Album By Kyle Melton In the current Dayton indie music scene, there seems to be no shortage of pop tunesmiths emerging seemingly from out of nowhere with fully-formed albums already in hand. In the case of Okay Lindon’s Dustin Smith, the road to the band’s newest album, Rotating Dates, […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]