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Something wicked comes

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Raven Black’s Dark Metal Carnival at Fairfield’s The Tavern Photo: Raven Black (l-r) Raven, the ‘Doctor’, Muppett, and Stiches. Photo: Cruella Photography By Mike Ritchie Cuter than Chucky and more bewitching than Annabelle, Raven Black’s family tree could be traced back to The Twilight Zone’s Talky Tina. Though she conjures more creepiness than the average […]

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98 Degrees in December?

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98 Degrees’ comeback at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Photo: 98 Degrees (l-r) Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Justin Jeffre. Photo: Ellas Tahan By Alan Sculley   Don’t expect a bunch of lasers, explosions, or other high-tech special effects in the holiday shows of 98 Degrees this holiday season. That’s the word from singer Drew Lachey. “With […]

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Wright Patt’s holiday gift

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Air Force Band of Flight’s annual holiday concert Photo: Santa performs with United States Air Force Band of Flight By Tim Smith   One of the most eagerly anticipated musical events every Christmas season is the annual concert performed by the United States Air Force Band of Flight. This year’s program will be held at […]

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The lyrics are sad but the music is sweet

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Indie folk rock septet Beams live at Peach’s in Yellow Springs One of Beam’s vocalists, Heather, on stage at Horseshoe Tavern in Onterio. Photo: Gaelle Legrand By Tim Walker Combine the easygoing mountain sounds of a mandolin and a banjo with a steel guitar and a singing saw. Add the poignant lyrics and lilting strains […]

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Homegrown

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Athens Duo promotes Ohio music with vinyl compilation series Photo: Kelley Deal (left) and Mike Montgomery (right) of R. Ring will be featured on Aquabear Legion’s newest edition By Justin Kreitzer Aquabear Legion is the long-running music promotion project of co-founders Brian Koscho and Todd Jacops. The duo started the project in Athens, Ohio in […]

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DCP’s 2017 holiday mixtape

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Yeah, it’s music we like. So deal with it. Photo: Mel Torme’s “Christmas Songs” Mel Torme Christmas Songs Every December, when I’ve gotten tired of hearing the same holiday songs played ad nauseum on local radio stations (and why they start programming it right after Halloween is still a mystery to me), I dig out my […]

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Jingling bells rock

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REO Speedwagon adds Christmas to their Hobart Arena Troy stopover Still rocking after 50 years, REO Speedwagon returns to Troy. Photo: Randee St. Nicholas. By Tim Walker The holiday season is filled with traditions – some of which, admittedly, remain more popular than others. As the weather turns colder, we cringe as we suddenly find […]

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An experiment gone right, at Oddbody’s

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DCP interviews Moon Hooch saxophonist / vocalist Mike Wilbur Moon Hooch’s Wenzl McGowen, James Muschler (drums), and Mike Wilbur. Photo: Jeff Spirer By Paul Noah At inception, on the subway platforms of New York City in 2010, Moon Hooch was accurately, and simply, described as two sax players and a drummer. Though still a trio, […]

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Let’s Hang On

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The Midtown Men live at Clark State Photo: The Midtown Men bring the ’60s to Springfield Kuss Auditorium November 29 By Tim Smith For persons of a certain age who listened to Top Forty radio in the 1960s and beyond, some songs produce a smile and a nod of recognition. The music created by Frankie […]

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King of the Boogie

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John Lee Hooker 5 disc set Photo: John Lee Hooker’s 5 disc set released August  22, 2017 in celebration of his 100th birthday. By Tim Walker What can one say about John Lee Hooker and his music that hasn’t been said already? The legendary man’s name itself defines a certain strain of electric blues, steeped […]

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Christmas, country style

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Martina McBride’s “Joy of Christmas” tour stops at Hobart Arena Martina McBride performs at Hobart November 29. Photo: Joseph Lianes By Tim Walker Martina McBride is one of country music’s biggest female stars, and she’s been a household name since the release of her first album, “The Time Has Come”, back in 1992. But her […]

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Holiday classic rolls-in

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Mannheim Steamroller on stage at Schuster Performing Arts Center Photos: Matt Christine Photography. Mannheim Steamroller performs at the Schuster Center November 29 By Alan Sculley Fans of Mannheim Steamroller and its career-making series of Fresh Aire albums figure to have a pretty merry next few months. First off, the annual holiday tour that finds two different Mannheim […]

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No-shave November comedy

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Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” to Taft Theatre Photo: Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” tour to Taft Theatre this Saturday By Tim Walker Nick Offerman—successful actor, author, comic, producer, and enthusiastic woodworker—is speaking to the Dayton City Paper from his home in Los Angeles, and bemoaning how sound bites, screen culture, and technology have […]

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Magic men

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The Werks celebrate Werksgiving at Oddbody’s The Werks (l-r) Dan Shaw, Chris Houser, Jake Goldberg, Rob Chafin. Photo: Brian Feruson By Gary Spencer Dayton quartet The Werks have been somewhat quietly making a name for themselves in the jam band community, not just in Ohio, but throughout the United States since the band’s inception in 2005. […]

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Still blowing hard

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Famed Tonight Show band leader Doc Severinsen at Schuster Photo: Doc Severinsen performs for his Birthday Bash at Schuster this weekend By Tim Smith In the world of jazz and popular music, there are musicians, and then there is Doc Severinsen. Doc has been entertaining audiences with his trumpet artistry for more than 70 years, […]

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Enter the queen of clean

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Chonda Pierce’s polite humor with a bite Photo: Chonda Pierce continues her new tour, Getting Back to Funny, in Kettering on Saturday By Dana Walczak Comedian  Chondra Pierce has been known on the circuit as the “Queen of Clean” or as Billboard magazine once referred to her, the “Queen of Country,” for over two decades. […]

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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 […]