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Soul for soul

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Topher James and Biscuit Brigade at Trolley Stop By Miranda Brooks Photo: Chris Topher Shaw bears his soul tunes Aug. 26; photo: TJ Hansen Columbus-based musician Chris “Topher” Shaw organizes himself amongst a few concurrent projects—playing multi-instrumentally as one-half of The Shaw Brothers on violin and drumming for Andy Shaw Band, both ventures with his […]

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Our ‘Fight Song’

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Rachel Platten uplifts Fraze By Miranda Brooks Photo: Rachel Platten gives it straight with a little sugar on top at Fraze Aug. 3; photo: Harper Smith  Rachel Platten is enjoying the spotlight, full on and outright – even if she is a bit past what some might consider a power pop princess’s prime. But who are […]

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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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An American idol

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Phillip Phillips makes Rose home By Miranda Brooks Photo: Phillip Phillips debuts new tracks at Rose Music Center June 28; photo courtesy of Phillip Phillips America’s seemingly favorite Idol to date, Phillip Phillips, not only embodies our culture’s fascination with overnight success, but also stands to prove his relevance within the music industry—alongside the help […]

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The Pride guide

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What you need to know about Dayton Pride Weekend By Miranda Brooks The Greater Dayton PRIDE celebration is looking to one-up itself this year. Marking the 40th anniversary of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center’s inception, and in honor of this Ruby milestone, organizers have put a call out for all “friends of Dorothy” to join […]

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Rag, mama, rag

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The Ragbirds flock to Peach’s By Miranda Brooks The Ragbirds have been at it for 10 years now, officially. The Ann Arbor-based five-piece is endearingly ragged-y, and the gaggle (or flock?) is led by a true songbird, their frontwoman, Erin Zindle. The band’s traditional, acoustic instrumentation could easily classify them singularly as folk. But the […]

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‘Soulclad boogie funk’

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Common Center brings gypsy jam spirit to Trolley By Miranda Brooks At the core of Common Center is a dynamic balance of sound. And the dynamics are such that, musically, the band’s strength lies in their non-traditional configuration, and incorporation of each player’s sound—ranging from a 12-string acoustic guitar to saxophone to keys to violin […]

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Blooming from the blues

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Janiva Magness brings soulful blues to Canal Public House By Miranda Brooks Janiva Magness knows the blues, and has the voice to prove it. Singing since a teenager, and performing now for nearly forty years, Magness’ gained wisdom from life’s lessons continues to inspire a career that clearly chose her. On tour currently to promote […]

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Mystik mantra

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Jonny Dreads and the Mystiks bring the message of reggae to Peach’s By Miranda Brooks Photo: Jonny Dreads and The Mystiks will play Saturday, Dec. 26 at Peach’s in Yellow Springs The roots of American reggae can be found in the soil of rhythm and blues and jazz. The Jamaican-born genre emerged in the 1960s, […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]