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Across the universe

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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

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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?!?

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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

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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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Look! Up in the sky…

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Vectren Dayton Air Show spotlights Dayton’s history of aviation By Rusty Pate Photo: One of the most popular air show attractions, The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to the 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 28-29; photo: Tim Gaffney It might be easy to take for granted the importance Dayton holds in the world […]

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The Rise of DiVerse Records

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Local rap crew headlines Youth Benefit Music Fest By Rusty Pate Photo: [l to r] Cameron Campbell and Jamelle Johnson of DiVerse Records; photo: Matthew Grathwohl Positivity is a commodity in short supply in the modern world. It seems at every turn, be it the nightly news, social media or daily conversations, the grand societal machine […]

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Ditch the cart

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Downtown Troy Farmers’ Market, a different grocery shopping experience By Rusty Pate Photo: Blue Jacket Cheese sets up shop at the Downtown Troy Farmers’ Market The world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller may have been talking about cutting class, but […]

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Say it isn’t so!

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Daryl Hall and John Oates play Cincinnati’s PNC Pavilion By Rusty Pate Photo: Daryl Hall and John Oates will perform at PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati on May 11; photo: Mick Rock Daryl Hall and John Oates have been making music longer than most realize. It’s been more than 40 years since the duo released their debut […]

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Who’s your muse?

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Sideshow returns to the Yellow Cab By Rusty Pate Photo: Dayton Sideshow Nine is May 9-10 at the Yellow Cab building; photo: Jennifer Clarke Sideshow has become a fixture in the Dayton arts and music scene. Entering its ninth year, the two-day event serves as a lynchpin for the two communities. It also brings lovers of […]

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The bare necessities

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Dayton natives do more with less By Rusty Pate Photo: “I thought the reason we were discontented was just because we didn’t make much money.” – Joshua Fields Millburn   The brilliant comedian George Carlin once had a routine about “stuff.” While the multi-layered genius could never be conveyed on this written page, the crux of […]

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Jamming as one

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Jahman Brahman brings flaws and all to Dayton By Rusty Pate Photo: Jahman Brahman will play Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on April 17 Live music is a powerful medium. Virtually every other form of art separates the audience from the artist. Film and stage productions have the “fourth wall.” Painters and sculptors usually work behind closed doors […]

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… and crackerjacks

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Oh yeah, and baseball too! By Rusty Pate Photo: [above] A summer evening at Fifth Third Field; [right] Roof Man interacts with fans; photo: Dayton Dragons Donald Campbell takes his passion for Dayton Dragons baseball very seriously.  His car is what he calls “Dragons green,” sports a back window tint of Fifth Third Field and his […]

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He’ll play the blues for you

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Sean Carney Band brings jazz-infused blues to Oregon Express By Rusty Pate Photo: Sean Carney, winner of the 2007 International Blues Challenge, performs at Oregon Express on March 7 From the hardcore purists who only listen to old 78 rpm Son House records, to the casual listener whose only experience with the genre stems from the […]

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Latin heat

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Arturo Sandoval joins the Dayton Philharmonic for SuperPops By Rusty Pate Photo: Latin jazz legen Arturo Sandoval performs with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center In jazz circles, the trumpet holds a place of distinction. Just as the electric guitar defines rock music and the mandolin always […]

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Nashville nostalgia

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Grace Adele and the Grand Band at Trolley Stop By Rusty Pate Photo: Grace Adele (right) and musical partner Keenan Wade (left) forged a fruitful musical relationship based on a deep love of classic country and vintage Americana sounds; photo: Kendra Krantz Anyone that has been to Nashville knows it is a town bursting at the […]

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Winter is coming

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Nashville’s The Winter Sounds return to the Trolley Stop By Rusty Pate Photo: Nashville indie quintet The Winter Sounds return to perform at The Trolley Stop on Jan. 18 The Winter Sounds have now spent the better part of a decade traveling all over the country, carrying their unique blend of pop-heavy hooks to the far […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]