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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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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]