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The alt Grammys

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Alternative Press Music Awards runs third year By Tim Anderl Photo: All Time Low’s Zack Merrick and Alex Gaskarth host this year’s AP Music Awardsphoto courtesy of Adrenaline PR Thirty years ago, in the comfort of his bedroom, Clevelander Mike Shea launched a cut-and-paste fanzine, never imagining the endeavor would grow to become one of […]

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Something wicked this way comeszz

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Blaze Ya Dead Homie claws to Oddbody’s By Tim Anderl On Friday, January 15 rapper Blaze Ya Dead Homie released his newest LP, The Casket Factory. Years in the making, it hit the streets via Majik Ninja Entertainment. Dayton City Paper caught up with Blaze to discuss his persona, video games, his latest LP and […]

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A dozen reasons

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Nelsonville Music Festival returns for 12th year By Tim Anderl Stuart’s Opera House presents the Nelsonville Music Festival, June 2-5, 2016 on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Returning for its 12th year, the festival features world-renowned headliners Courtney Barnett (Thursday), Gary Clark Jr. (Friday), Gillian Welch (Saturday), Randy Newman (Sunday) and more […]

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Practice makes perfect

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Skull Practitioners blanket Bob’s with heavy psych and post-punk By Tim Anderl Since the ’60s, the heavy psychedelic rock genre has happily existed outside the popular music landscape. For Skull Practitioners, the loud, fuzzy vortex of sounds characteristic of the genre once populated by Blue Cheer, Hawkwind and Blue Oyster Cult, and more recently by […]

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No sedative necessary

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Widespread Panic stirs Rose Music Center By Tim Anderl For almost 30 years, Widespread Panic has been known for their improvisational style, which is built around their compelling narratives and run a gamut of sounds from southern blues to progressive rock and jazz. With 2016 marking three decades since forming their original lineup in 1986, […]

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Like a rolling stone

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Songwriter Troy Petty rolls into Taffy’s of Eaton By Tim Anderl Chicago native and Columbus, Ohio, transplant Troy Petty is the kind of song writer whose natural inclinations and intuitions result in stirring indie rock singer/songwriter fare that has connected with both audiences in his adopted home city and abroad. Taking cues from songwriting greats […]

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Math rock resurrected

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Dedicated fan spearheads Craw album reissue By Tim Anderl “Any account of progressive, aggressive underground and alternative music of the past 30 years—a continuum that stretches from bands such as Black Flag, Voivod and Melvins up through Don Caballero, Dillinger Escape Plan, Tool and beyond—is incomplete without a mention of what Craw did,” explanins Hank […]

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Storytellers

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Joshua Powell brings lit-inspired folk to Trolley Stop By Tim Anderl Photo: Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery will perform Friday, Jan. 22 at Trolley Stop Indianapolis, Indiana, folk collective Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery recently delivered Alyosha, a psychedelically tinged, avant-folk record based on a character from Russian novelist Dostoyevsky’s “The […]

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On the shoulders of a giant

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The Saturday Giant brings epic one-man band to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: The Saturday Giant performs Saturday, Nov. 28 at Canal Public House; photo: Mark Elliot Having total creative control and the ability to tour whenever one wants to is perhaps the shortlist of things every musician dreams about. While Columbus-based artist Philip Cogley, […]

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All roads lead to home

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Hawthorne Heights performs hometown gig By Tim Anderl Photo: Dayton’s own Hawthorne Heights will play an all-ages show on Nov. 20 at Yellow Cab Over the last fifteen years, Dayton, Ohio’s Hawthorne Heights have done and seen more than most of their peers. They’ve had multiple Gold records, a couple peak positions on the Billboard […]

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Blowing in the wind

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Yellow Paper Planes land in Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Yellow Paper Planes will perform on Oct. 23 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Brian Kellett Columbus quartet Yellow Paper Planes is a bit of a musical enigma. They’re indie without being twee, heavy but not aggro. Some will describe them as pop for punks who like […]

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Hallowed visions

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Heavy psychers Ecstatic Vision at Bob’s By Tim Anderl Photo: Ecstatic Vision will perform at Blind Bob’s on Oct. 11; photo: Orion Landau Signed to Relapse Records on the power of their demo, Philadelphia’s Ecstatic Vision conjure heavy and primal psychedelic influences that run a gamut of influences. From ’70s heavy metal and psychedelia to […]

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A gem in the rock

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Dayton immortalized in song By Tim Anderl Photo: JT Woodruff, Ghost Coastal The best songs are ones that hit home and leave their mark on the human psyche. They capture what it is like to live, love, face chaos, change, discover our humanity or mortality and uncover epiphanies amidst the noise of daily life. Sometimes […]

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Triumphant returns

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Corinna Nix, John Simon and their Southern soul at Tumbleweed By Tim Anderl Photo: John Simon and Corinna Nix will perform Aug. 28 at Tumbleweed Connection; photo: Tim Kuhl When Corinna Nix packed all her earthly possessions into her ’97 Chevy Lumina to return to Dayton, Ohio, the future felt pretty uncertain. She’d completed her […]

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Carrying the torch

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Joe Bonamassa performs tribute to blues kings By Tim Anderl Photo: Blues musician Joe Bonamassa will perform on Aug. 15 at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Christie Goodwin Although 38-year-old bluesman Joe Bonamassa has 13 albums and a mountain of accolades under his belt, he’s surprisingly honest about his self-doubt and personal uncertainty when it comes to […]

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We can werk it out

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Thornville Ohio’s Werk Out Music & Arts Festival returns By Tim Anderl Photo: Papadosio will perform at this year’s Werk Out Music & Arts Festival, taking place Aug. 6-8 at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio; photo: Musical Earth In its sixth year, the Werk Out Music & Arts Festival has become a summer destination for […]

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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 […]

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

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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 […]