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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

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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

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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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Fire starter

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Matisyahu brings acoustic heat to spark seekers By Tim Anderl photo credit: Mark Squires 2012 was a big year for Chassidic Reggae Superstar Matthew Paul Miller – who performs as Matisyahu, and is addressed as Matis. With a reputation for eclectic, trippy, pop-centered reggae, the Los Angeles artist spent a year recording Spark Seeker, which […]

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Suite disposition

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Tim Pritchard enlists new collaborators on search for his Pet Sounds  By Tim Anderl Photo: Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite on stage at Canal Street Tavern: [l to r] Tony Moore, Trevor Bell, Tim Pritchard and Phil Caviness It would be easy to mistake Tim Pritchard’s persistent smile for a carefree spirit. Though Pritchard is […]

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Sweet anticipation

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15 forthcoming albums to listen up for in early 2013  By Tim Anderl Your favorite music releases from 2012 are tucked neatly in your record shelves and iTunes library. While 2012 was clearly a year when Top 40 popped, hip-hoppers hip-hopped and metalheads moshed, 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for music […]

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From the mayor’s office to the big top

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Jason Webber joins the “Dark Carnival”  By Tim Anderl If interviewing artists and musicians for nearly two decades has left me with nothing else, it has sharpened my radar for spotting self-congratulating, self-important narcissists and finely tuned my bullshit meter. And when I spotted Jason Webber, who I’d not previously met, wearing a Hugh Hefner […]

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A little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll

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Homemade fuse disparate influences for rootsy sound  By Tim Anderl Homemade, an Ohio-based quartet assembled by Buffalo Killers  guitarist Andy Gabbard, delivers a sound that blends elements of country, rock and psychedelia that appeals to a new generation of rockers who appreciate Americana and alt-country for its rootsy, down-home approach. Listeners raised on a combination […]

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Lifting “Lid”

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Cricketbows readies ambitious third LP  By Tim Anderl In 2010, Chad Wells experienced a spiritual awakening while awaiting the birth of his second child. The result was his dynamic first album recorded under the Cricketbows moniker. The aural excursions executed on Home defied genre classification and illuminated psychedelic, Americana, folk, country and a variety of […]

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I feel fine

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Songs for the end of the world By Tim Anderl So, the Mayan calendar is running out of days. Does this mean we can quit sweating the “fiscal cliff”? Does it mean that our coupons for buy one, get one free Big Macs will remain unused in 2013, because there won’t be a 2013? My […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]