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Queens of the stoned age

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Jamaican Queens bring trap pop to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Ryan Spencer, Ryan Clancy and Adam Pressley of Jamaican Queens; photo: Robert Alexander The Motor City’s Jamaican Queens create a cacophony of sounds that is hard to hang a label on, although they call it “trap pop.” For the uninitiated, their […]

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Buffalo killin’ it

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Hometown rockers Buffalo Killers at Canal Public House By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Zachary Gabbard, Sven Khans, Andrew Gabbard and Joseph Sebaali of Buffalo Killers;  photo: Scott Beseler   When Sun Pedal Recordings released Heavy Reverie in the spring, fans of the bearded, blues rockers Buffalo Killers fans believed they were enjoying their yearly […]

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Three-minute masterpiece

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Psychodots return to Gilly’s By Tim Anderl Photo: Bob Nyswonger, Chris Arduser and Rob Fetters of Psychodots; photo: Charles Madden Once upon a time, legendary music industry mogul and record producer Clive Davis visited Cincinnati. The rumor making its way through the grapevine was that his intentions were to offer The Raisins a lucrative contract. […]

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All you need is Love

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Mike Love brings good vibes to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Mike Love will perform on Nov. 7 at Canal Public House; photo: Sean M. Hower Hawaii native Mike Love delivers roots and reggae music inspired by his family, surroundings and an overall sense of optimism – as well as, well, love. Fans of like-minded […]

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One good eye

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Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take place on Sept. 13 on the lawn of the John Bryan Community Center; photo: Stephanie Baker What has one eye and brings thousands of visitors to Yellow Springs for an annual celebration of hand made […]

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I smell a Brat

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Brat Curse deliver hooky, memorable rock By Tim Anderl Photo: Brat Curse will perform on Aug. 29 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Kelsey Cahoon Columbus, Ohio indie rock trio Brat Curse came together by chance. They stay together by sharing their significant (and perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek) interests: drinking, “Terminator 2,” Tecmo Bowl, swimming pools, smoking bowls, […]

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When Getting Is Giving

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Annual outdoor Miami Valley Music Fest By Tim Anderl Photo: The sisters of Jah Soul perform at the 2013 Miami Valley Music Fest; photo: J. Allen Laack On the first weekend in August, organizers and volunteers from the Miami Valley Music Fest provide a weekend of music and camping for concertgoers from around the area and […]

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Triumphant returns

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The Gunshy delivers Silent Songs to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Matt Arbogast, known as The Gunshy, will perform on July 23 at Canal Public House For his first proper full-length in several years, Chicago’s Matt Arbogast, who performs under the moniker The Gunshy, assembled a robust cast of collaborators and pulled out all the stops […]

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This band could save your life

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Beebs and her Money Makers return to Ohio on Warped Tour By Tim Anderl Photo: Beebs and her Money Makers will perform at the Vans Warped Tour on July 16 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati; photo: Keith Betterley Orlando, Fla.’s Beebs And Her Money Makers began their summer-long stint on the Vans Warped Tour in […]

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Renaissance man

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Rapper Blueprint digs into writing, management and music By Tim Anderl Photo: Blueprint will perform at Hole In The Wall on July 4; photo: Bridget Brown The world’s most renowned architects are likely to have a few things in common; the ability to recognize that small and subtle details can result in game-changing flourishes, and that […]

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The rhythm of the night

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Man Forever brings percussion prowess to Ohio By Tim Anderl While drumming out rhythms may sound like a simple practice, when performed by John Colpitts of Man Forever (and Kid Millions and Oneida), it initiates a journey that results in sophisticated compositions that delight even the most astute fans of experimental music. For instance, Colpitts […]

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What doesn’t kill you …

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Indie-rapper Grieves flexes muscle with Winter & The Wolve By Tim Anderl Photo: Grieves will perform in Cincinnati on May 21, and in Columbus on May 22; photo: Jenavieve Belair Seattle rapper Benjamin Laub, aka Grieves, recently returned to deliver his fourth studio album, Winter & The Wolves, on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Originally emerging in 2007, his independently […]

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Sister act

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Tegan and Sara ‘make things physical’ By Tim Anderl Photo: Tegan and Sara perform Thursday, May 8 at The Madison Theater in Covington, Ky; photo: Chris Buck The Quin sisters spent 2012 at the mercy of fate, which ultimately worked to their benefit. At the end of 2011, Tegan and Sara announced 2012 would bring the follow up […]

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Killer tunes

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Buffalo Killers perform at Dayton Music Fest kickoff event By Tim Anderl Photo: [l-r] Zach Gabbard, Sven Kahns, Joseph Sebaali and Andy Gabbard of Buffalo Killers On May 13, ever evolving Cincinnati rock ‘n’ roll group Buffalo Killers release its most straightforward rock album to date, Heavy Reverie. Armed with the trademark harmonies of brothers Andy […]

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Slight of hand

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Christopher Wright and his Parlour Tricks By Tim Anderl Photo: C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks perform at Blind Bob’s April 19 Margaret Thatcher once said, “I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it should get you […]

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Let’s do the mind warp again

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Gazer to melt faces during Dayton stop By Tim Anderl Photo: Gazer perform on April 11 at Hole in the Wall; photo: Paul Schroder If you weren’t knee deep in the sweaty indie action during the cacophonous and fearsome ’90s, it is probably hard to understand the sheer majestic, and ear-bleed inducing, volume and fury conjured by […]

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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 […]