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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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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]