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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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What The funk?!?

Spotlight returns to Dayton’s musical legacy By Rusty Pate Photo: The Ohio Players; image courtesy of the Dayton Daily News Archive at Wright State University Music helps define the places from which it springs. The mere mention of certain cities or musical styles drips so thick with nostalgia and palpable energy it seems impossible to separate […]

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A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

Ohio’s Lydia Loveless returns for Bunbury Music Festival By Rusty Pate Photo: Lydia Loveless released her second album, Somewhere Else in Februrary 2014; photo: Patrick Crawford/Blackletter Music festivals have become a rite of passage for music lovers. They offer fans a chance to not only see the bands and artists already known, but the ability to venture […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]