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Good fest, rad city

#Fest in Athens won’t kill your vibe  By Tim Anderl Photo: Scene at the 10th #Fest in Athens, Ohio from 2012; the 11th #Fest takes place April 13; photo credit: Mara Gruber/Prime Social Group Established in 2004 in the city of residence for Ohio’s most notorious party school – Ohio University – the annual #Fest (or […]

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In Goad they trust

Artist’s work ranges from Hot Wheels to album covers  By Tim Anderl  Photos: three designs for Galactic Files sketch cards for Topps showing Star Wars characters Darth Vader, Boba Fett and R2-D2 from 2012 When local artist and illustrator Jason Goad found himself let go from his first commercial art job, he realized that the most […]

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R n’ R with ADHD

Kristen Ford brings hyper, genre-hopping act to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Kristen Ford [right] will visit Dublin Pub on Friday, March 22; photo credit: Alison Swiatocha Kristen Ford, a singer-songwriter from Boston, Mass. with a high energy live show, blends rock, reggae, indie and folk for her spontaneous, soulful songs. Although Ford’s style has been […]

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Don’t call it a comeback…

…although Native won’t mind if you do By Tim Anderl Photo: Native will perform at The Southgate House Revival on March 20; photo credit: David Summers Hailing from northwest Indiana, Native is comprised of four friends who came together after realizing they were each the most serious about music in their respective former high school bands. […]

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The “new” sound of young America

The Regrettes join Columbus soul movement  By Tim Anderl  Photo: Columbus neo-soul outfit The Regrettes visit Peach’s on March 9; photo credit: Kelsey McLellan Crafted with an emphasis on pop appeal and passionate call-and-response vocals born from gospel music, Motown once captured the attention of the world and birthed the northern soul movement. The pop music […]

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Stay calm and rock out

Hostage Calm suggest punk solutions for modern problems By Tim Anderl Photo: Hostage Calm visit The Basement in Columbus on March 12; photo credit: Jamie Moore Please Remain Calm, the October 2012 release by Hostage Calm is more than the band’s opus: it’s their manifesto. It is a punk album for the looming recession, by a brave […]

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The perfect storm

Minus The Bear delivers gnarliest moments on Infinity Overhead  By Tim Anderl  Photo: Minus the Bear visit Columbus Wednesday, March 6; photo credit: Angel Ceballos Over the last decade, veteran Seattle quintet Minus The Bear avoided the pitfalls that would remove a lesser band from the game before their time, continuing to recreate and reinvent themselves […]

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Listen up!

2013 local bands to watch If you’ve spent any time observing the Dayton music scene and the bands that make the rounds therein, certainly you have an awareness that, like a Midwestern Fountain of Youth, Dayton music possesses an incredible ability to regenerate itself over time. With almost clockwork precision, new bands rise up and […]

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On the road again

Sick/Sea just can’t wait to get on the road again By Tim Anderl Photo:  [l to r]: Miguel Morales, Audrey and Cameron Scott; photo credit: Christie Bentley Photography McAllen, Texas’ Sick/Sea last visited Dayton in September 2012, just prior to the October release of Moral Compass, their first effort for Autumn + Colour Records. Dedicating themselves […]

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It’s a small world after all

Chance meeting leads to fruitful collaboration for R. Ring By Tim Anderl photo: [l to r] Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery of R. Ring; photo credit: Chris Glass If it hadn’t been for an altogether different opportunity for musical collaboration, the world may have never known the sonic pleasures of unorthodox rock duo R. Ring.  Introduced […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]