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‘Closer to the absolute truth’

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Jon Brooks powers the people at Taffy’s By Joey Ferber photo: Jon Brooks shares stories and collects some new ones at Taffy’s Sept. 21; photo: Jay Morrison Don’t call him a singer-songwriter. Don’t call him a folk artist. Just go listen to the stories he sings. The songs of Toronto-based Jon Brooks strike the depths of […]

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Audible anti-depressants

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Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem shine on RiverScape By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Anand Nayak, Scott Kessel, Andrew Kinsey, and Rani Arbo of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem; photos: Joanna Chattman When drummer Scott Kessel of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem opens up his suitcase, it’s hard to predict what strange new instrument might come out. […]

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A debut is worth a thousand gigs

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Folk artist Mike Vial performs live at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer Mike Vial gave up teaching high school English in 2011 to become a fulltime musician. Since then, the Michigan-based singer/songwriter has no regrets, playing more than 1,000 gigs and releasing three EP’s and several singles that capture his confessional and organic brand of […]

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All of the above

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Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem bring folk flavors to Kuss By Rusty Pate Rani Arbo’s musical journey began as many do—in the church choir. She spent her years from second to eighth grade performing and rehearsing up to 30 hours a week. That time steeped her in old English music, but at home she listened […]

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Storytellers

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Joshua Powell brings lit-inspired folk to Trolley Stop By Tim Anderl Photo: Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery will perform Friday, Jan. 22 at Trolley Stop Indianapolis, Indiana, folk collective Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery recently delivered Alyosha, a psychedelically tinged, avant-folk record based on a character from Russian novelist Dostoyevsky’s “The […]

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Since the day I was born

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Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins solo at Canal Public House By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek will perform a solo show at Canal Public House on April 22; photo: Devin Pedde Singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Sean Watkins has practically been playing music since birth. He co-founded the influential Grammy-winning Americana trio Nickel Creek, […]

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Hope of a lifetime

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Neo-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids at Miami-Middletown By C.C. Hutten Photo: The Milk Carton Kids, [l to r] Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, will perorm at the Miami-Middletown campus on Saturday, Nov. 2; photo: Brendan Pattengale Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, the men behind the Los Angeles-based contemporary folk band The Milk Carton Kids, collaborate […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]