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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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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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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]