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A rad legacy

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Rad Company releases rad record, celebrates sixth stupidly By W.C. Ruffnel Photo: (back row) Josher Lumpkin, (middle row, l-r) Nick Anderson, Josh Goldman, John Lakes, Elliott Harrell, (front row, l-r) Mike Werthmann, Dereck Brown, (not pictured) Jared Reynolds, Eric Fly, Randy Buhr, Andy Stamm, and Shane Natalie; photo credit: Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Josh Goldman is one […]

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None more slack

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Wavves returns with Afraid of Heights By W. C. Ruffnel Photo: Wavves perform in Columbus on April 2 with new album Afraid of Heights; photo credit; Cat Roif Wavves have been indie darlings for, like, a minute now. Their previous album King of the Beach was released in 2010 to glowing reviews by everyone in the […]

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Listen up!

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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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Playfully Yours play for yours (and theirs)

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Cincinnati trio requires no more than your attention for their electro stylings By W.C. Ruffnel Photo: Playfully Yours: [l to r]Maxx McKinley, Katie Busemeyer and Brock R. McKinley; photo credit: Sarah McDermott Last time I saw the group known as Playfully Yours, I was excited to watch them, and this was because they were exciting. It seems […]

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… And the first post-apocalyptic Grammy goes to?

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Local musician Dutch Peters readies album to be released in event of Apocalypse  By W.C. Ruffnel “War is just a war/A Ford is just a Ford/When fire rains from the sky/You’ll wish you were in my bunker.” -Dutch Peters, “I’m Prepared” Dutch Peters is no stranger to extenuating circumstances. When was 12, he claims that […]

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I’m keeping the beat

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Motel Beds drummer Ian Kaplan discusses new album By W.C. Ruffnel The Motel Beds actively and negatively reinforce the opposite of several altruistic truths pertaining to rock n’ roll. The first of these is that rock n’ roll is a young man’s game – all pushing past their mid-thirties, the Motel Beds are comprised of […]

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Chicago’s Voice of Addiction to join local punk favorites

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Politically-minded punks punk our minds By W.C. Ruffnel From the Voice of Addiction Facebook: “To my family and friends. There was no permanent damage. I got 6 stitches inside and 25 outside and suffered extreme blood loss. I will not be able to walk for a long and/or drive for a long time. To my […]

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New album, new beef

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Self-released Abertooth Lincoln vs. The All-American Beef Battalion hits streets By W.C. Ruffnel Abertooth Lincoln is a band not compromised of humans. This is a writhing, squeaming entity that performs at top velocity. The ‘Tooth has shown time and time again with their topsy-turvy song structures and high energy performances that this is the one […]

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Look alive!

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Sleep Fleet celebrates release of Morris Drive at South Park Tavern By W.C. Ruffnel Sleep Fleet is a band that have been tooling around Dayton and surrounding areas for some time, making a name for themselves by not only being loud as fuck but playing wonderfully melodious and equally devastating punk songs. Their first effort, […]

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Room Service

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Omaha’s Drake’s Hotel Hits Blind Bob’s By W.C. Ruffnel Some motherfuckers got drums. Some got a wife and a drum machine. This is true for Chris Y. of Drake’s Hotel, a band that is composed of his wife, Amy Drake, and some machines that create the rhythmic backbone to their shoe-gayz tunes & tune drops.  […]

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Expressway to Dayton

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The Midnight Ghost Train spread gospel of stoner blues By W.C. Rufnel The Midnight Ghost Train are no strangers to touring. In the past five years, this heavy-as-fuck-stoner-blues goliathon has completed 13 tours of the United States and 2 in Europe. Talk about effort – I can’t even get out of bed to take 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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Sometimes The Summer Pledge Pledges To Play All The Time

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May 22nd at South Park Tavern By W.C. Ruffnel As I was stumbling drunkenly through an alley the other morning shirtless and covered in dog hair, I had a self realization: The Summer Pledge is a kick-ass band.  At a time when every shitty kid with a guitar, a delay pedal and a dream is […]

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Mad Anthony

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Cincinnati’s Angriest Tonys Love This City By W.C. Ruffnel Sometimes, three folks are better than four. In the case of Cincinnati’s Mad Anthony, that’s clearly true. Having once had a bass, the now two-guitared-one-drumkit attack of these fellas is an exploration in the sonically sound and fucking-fist-pumping perversion of rock and roll. To see them […]

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Abertooth Lincoln: Friends, Forever

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Every “Tunesday” at South Park Tavern for their NTRO/XPO Residency By W. C. Ruffnel Abertooth Lincoln is a band about the town. If you open any local newspaper, chances are you’ve seen them or read about them. The reasoning behind this: they’re fucking great. They’re also really nice dudes as well, which also lends itself […]

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Bands to Watch

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Sixteen Local Bands to Keep an Eye Out For By Kyle Melton, Tim Anderl and W.C. Ruffnel In any given year, the Dayton indie scene seems to be boiling over with young talent just waiting to be discovered by local audiences and those beyond the boundaries of the Gem City. As we move into another […]

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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 […]