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Joyful noise

Clemency makes Gem City debut at Bob’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Jason and Paul Watkins began writing music together in Oklahoma during high school There’s something about brothers and rock ‘n’ roll that just seems to make magic. From Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks to Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, […]

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When harp meets hip-hop

Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate at UD By Rusty Pate Photo: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s debut album Faya was released in 2014 Sometimes, the most inspired collaborations arise from the most unlikely of pairings. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate don’t really share many common experiences. Kouyate grew up in Conakry, Guinea. He plays the kora, […]

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Solo Toad

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips at Canal by Rusty Pate Photo: Glen Phillips will perform on Feb. 5 at Canal Public House Glen Phillips has been at this life a long, long time. He was just 16 in 1986 when a little band called Toad the Wet Sprocket formed. Five years later, their breakout […]

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Kind of blue

Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ at Cincinnati’s Taft Theater By Rusty Pate Photo: Keb’ Mo’ will perform on Jan. 29 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati Since his 1994 self-titled debut, Kevin Moore has been viewed as a sort of harbinger of the seemingly continuous roots blues revival. While the larger blues community is littered with all […]

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If it’s dope, it’s dope

Obelo brings hip-hop to Peach’s in Yellow Springs By Rusty Pate Photo: Obelo will perform on Jan. 24 at Peach’s Bar & Grill I’m sitting in the Peach’s parking lot as the temperature approaches negative digits. Even though I’m in a car with the heat cranked, I’m starting to lose feeling in my toes. It’s […]

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La Vie Bohème

Joseph Downing’s “The Abundant Bohemian: How to Live an Unconventional Life Without Starving in the Process” By Rusty Pate Photo: Joseph Downing’s new book, “The Abundant Bohemian” features stories and tips for living a fulfilling, creative life without starving The American Dream remains one of the most romantic notions and pursuits mankind has ever devised. […]

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Give me the beat, boys

Chicago Afrobeat Project at Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Chicago Afrobeat Project will perform at Oddbody’s on Jan. 10 Since forming more than a decade ago, Chicago Afrobeat Project has continuously pushed musical boundaries. Dayton City Paper recently sat down with Chicago Afrobeat Project’s guitarist David Glines to talk about Afrobeat as a genre, their […]

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Electro-indie rock magic

Enemy Planes attack South Park Tavern By Rusty Pate Photo: [l-r] Kristine Stresman, Casey Call, David LeDuc, Joe Gamble and Shon Trothof Enemy Planes These modern times are not kind to rock ‘n’ roll people. Gas and gear are expensive. For a band starting out, putting together a tour that breaks even and gets each […]

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Across the universe

Peelander-Z brings interplanetary funhouse to Blind Bob’s By Rusty Pate Photo: “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band Peelander-Z will perform at Blind Bob’s on Nov. 15; photo: Whitney Lee Every band needs a story, and Peelander-Z has a good one. The group’s members hail from area Z on planet Peelander. That’s right, aliens – of the interstellar variety, […]

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Kick out the jams

Road warriors Ekoostik Hookah return to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 By Rusty Pate Photo: Ekoostik Hookah will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 18 Ekoostik Hookah has become an institution on the Ohio live music scene. Formed in 1991 and weathering more lineup changes than most bands could handle, Hookah has built a following the old fashioned […]

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Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]

News of the weird: 02/24

By Chuck Shepherd Lead story – Weird news you can use It turns out that a person having a heart […]

Advice Goddess: 2/24

By Amy Alkon Beak experience I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs […]

Under the spell

Yellow Springs Theater Company stages “Godspell” By Gary Spencer Photo: Director Robert Campbell [standing, forefront] rehearses with Yellow Springs Theater […]

The Artsy Adventures of the JafaGirls

Just when you thought you had seen everything By Tor Gregory Simms Photo: Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu; photo: Scott […]