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The Finnish Lines

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Saara Markkanen brings folk from her part of the world to Dayton By Tim Anderl Already earning comparisons to folk heavies like Joni Mitchell, Finnish folk singer/songwriter Saara Markkanen plays and sings songs that are short stories about hope and wonder.  However, for listeners with American ears who don’t share her native tongue, her exact […]

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When Choral Gets Competitive

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Choir Games Comes to Dayton By Tim Anderl In July, several hundred choirs from around the globe will converge on Cincinnati for the 7th World Choir Games.  Offering 200 public events, including competitions, concerts, workshops and free public performances, the games take place from July 4 to 14. The Cincinnati organizing committee and INTERKULTUR, the […]

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Folkin’ Around

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Cityfolk offers multicultural fun for everyone By Tim Anderl Music and dance are pleasing and peculiar parts of the human experience.  As such, both have long been used as tools for establishing commonality between people.  In fact, poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”  He understood that […]

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Who’s Your Daddy?

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Gas Daddy Go! pumps out hot King Elk and Me & Mountains jams By Tim Anderl In a recent issue of Columbus’ The Other Paper, Kevin Elliott (formerly of 84 Nash), told writer Joel Oliphant that Dayton is experiencing a musical renaissance.  Though he didn’t exactly elaborate on where the “renaissance” originated, the catalog of […]

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Don’t Call It a Comeback

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Mouth of the Architect bring Dayton voice to metal By Tim Anderl With contributions to the international indie rock landscape that have been widely lauded in the music press, and celebrated at festivals across the globe, Dayton has long been the birthplace of audio innovators and musical game changers.  While Dayton City Paper has a […]

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Cure for the Summertime Blues

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DCP Presents Second Annual Summer Sampler by Kyle Melton with Tim Anderl, Gary Spencer and W.C. Ruffnel You know that summer is that perfect season for music: a soundtrack for driving, a narrative for that summer love, or that song that defines your mood for months on end. Our devoted music writers here at the […]

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Band of Brothers

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Avett Brothers’ Roots Remain Strong Amidst Cancer Fight By Tim Anderl With a career lasting longer than a decade and producing some of the most raw and organic albums that combine bluegrass, folk and rock in modern music, and trips to Austin City Limits and the Grammys to perform with Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers […]

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Wishing Upon A Star

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New Vega Chase Rock and Roll Dreams By Tim Anderl Taking their moniker from the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, Dayton- and Cincinnati-based quartet, New Vega, is a bold, contemporary modern rock band that is quickly becoming one of the most promising acts in Southern Ohio.  In 2009, the band released a self-titled, three-track […]

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A Little Help from My Friends

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New Label and Lineup Enables All Hail The Void By Tim Anderl Ohio lost a huge asset to the heavy music scene when Jeff Lohrber, formerly of Eyes Upon Separation, Harlots, Trap Them and Shai Hulud packed his bags and relocated from Greenville, Ohio to Milwaukee.  Thankfully, his latest band, Enabler, will launch a massive […]

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Raising a Ruckus

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Dan Haug’s “Take Me To A Disco” Poised to Make You Sweat By Tim Anderl In February, Dayton City Paper previewed local bands and artists to watch in 2012.  One such artist was Kettering-based beatsmith Dan Haug, aka Ruckus Roboticus, who is toiling in his home studio finishing a full-length record, Phantom Of The Disco, […]

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Pure Imagination

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Michael Bashaw, Sō Percussion and DECA Students Collaborate for One-of-a-kind Performance By Tim Anderl Walking through the dusty hallways of the a former sewing machine factory, the more than a century old building where Michael Bashaw keeps his studio, it is difficult to imagine the wondrously inventive sculptures, installations, collaborations and music that have taken […]

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Unafraid of the Dark

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Vagora Conjures Musical Dark Arts By Timothy Anderl When guitarist TB Monstrosity (aka Tracy Byrd) realized that he was no longer fully invested in writing and performing with horror punk powerhouse Blitzkid after a 15 year run, the band agreed to draw the curtains on their monster movie-inspired act and hang up their devilocks.  Though […]

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Riding Dirty

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Dirty Socialites Maintain DIY Ethos By Tim Anderl In 2012, it is becoming common place for independent bands to leverage social networking sites like Facebook in creating and communicating with their fanbase, and donation sites like Kickstarter to supplement recording and pressing their latest output.  For Dayton’s Dirty Socialites, a group of musicians with decades […]

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You Want It All? You Want MusicNOW!

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Festival Offers Rare Convergence of Music’s Best and Most Adventurous By Tim Anderl Creating an annual music festival designed to bring the world’s most creative composers and artists together for never — or rarely — before seen collaborations is an undertaking of incredible magnitude.  For Bryce Dessner, a former Cincinnati boy, composer and guitarist for […]

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It’s Alive … With Music

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Artist, Engineer Brings Musical Robots to Dayton By Tim Anderl In the 1950s, children armed themselves with the phrase “Klaatu barada nikto” and pulled covers over their heads each night with the fear that The Day The Earth Stood Still’s large robot Gort might appear with laser eyes threatening to disintegrate them. In 2012, and […]

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Happy Accidents

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Water Liars Make No Mistake with Stunning Debut By Tim Anderl Some of music’s greatest achievements are happy accidents.  The right musicians, in the right place at a time when the planets and melodies align in a way that produces soul-singing, is destined to tickle the ears and hearts of listeners.  Recorded on a whim, […]

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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 […]