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A Dayton musicians watering hole

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Rock This Block parties at Riff Raff By Matt Clevenger Photo: Johnny Fink and the Intrusion Rock this Block at Riff Raff July 24; photo: Mike Howard It started with a simple idea. “It’s built on just a conversation with musicians standing out in front of my bar,” Riff Raff Tavern owner Mike Schmidt says. […]

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Old Crow, new tricks

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Old Crow Medicine Show at Rose By Matt Clevenger Photo: Old Crow Medicine Show brings busker attitude to Rose July 19; photo: Crackerfarm It’s been more than 15 years since Old Crow Medicine Show first started busking on street corners in New York City, and since then, these city slickers have risen to become one […]

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Natural selections

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YS Arts Council brings the outdoors inside By Matt Clevenger Photo: Ann Gayek’s “Early Summer”; photo: Ann Gayek Summer is in full bloom at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Community Gallery, thanks to a dual exhibition by oil and pastel artists Ann Gayek and Michele BonDurant. Landscapes, flowers, and other nature scenes will be on […]

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The 2016 Sizzling Summer Sextape

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Mixed by DCP audible writers   Allyson B. Crawford Guns n’ Roses – “Paradise City” (from Appetite for Destruction)  When Guns n’ Roses released Appetite for Destruction in 1987, the five band members clearly had no idea of the impact they were about to make on modern music, let alone the metal scene. Now, decades […]

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Guitarmageddon

Michael Kelsey experiments at Peach’s by Matt Clevenger Photo: Dulcimer player Butch Ross strums his way to Taffy’s; photo: Trish Wileman Using only a few electronic effects and his trusty Taylor 615 acoustic, Indianapolis-based recording artist Michael Kelsey has spent decades pushing the boundaries of guitar playing and creating a musical career built on creativity and […]

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Planet ‘Burg

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The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure lands in Miamisburg By Matt Clevenger It’s a reunion more than 20 years in the making, as the city of Miamisburg prepares to welcome an estimated 2,000 riders from the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24. “There will be over 2,000 people,” Downtown Development […]

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It’s always sunny

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Area indie band Speaking Suns rocks Bob’s By Matt Clevenger “Progressive pop-rock.” “Experimental rock-folk indie.” “Indie pop rock-and-roll soul.” Writers have described the Speaking Suns in many different ways, but labeling the Yellow Springs-based group’s unique sound is still difficult, even for its own members. “It’s hard to describe,” Speaking Suns guitarist/vocalist Jake Diebold says. “I […]

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A Blast from the past….

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Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park By Matt Clevenger Scenes and characters from Dayton’s past will come to life on Sunday, May 29, during Dayton History’s Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park. Musket shooting, blacksmithing, hearth cooking, candle dipping and high-wheel bicycling are just a few of the historically accurate activities that will […]

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New math rock

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One guitarist + two guitars = Narrow/Arrow at Bob’s By Matt Clevenger It was a random YouTube video that originally led Narrow/Arrow guitarist Cody Nicolas to start experimenting with his own new playing style. “My freshman year, I watched a YouTube video of this player named Erik Mongrain,” Nicolas says. “The song is called ‘Air […]

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Going the Distance

Cake slices into Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center By Matt Clevenger It’s been more than a decade since Sacramento-based alternative rockers Cake first burst onto the national music scene with their quirky debut single “Going the Distance,” generating near-constant radio and MTV airplay and platinum record sales for their second album Fashion Nugget.  Since then, the band […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]