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Stomp ‘n holler

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9th Street Stompers swing us back a century By Rusty Pate Photo: (l-r) Skip Frontz, Jr., Sampire, Lon Eldridge, and Dalton Chapman of 9th Street Stompers take their audience to a time before war in America; photo: Amy Kenyon The 9th Street Stompers do not consider themselves preservationists. While their style of music features a blend […]

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Rock royalty

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King’s X rocks the throne By Gary Spencer Photo: Doug Pinnick of King’s X belts out for loyal followers Sept. 29; photo: Jimmy Fuson Music can be therapeutic. For many, music is a conduit for hope, a way to cope with life. One band that many diehard fans believe in, almost like a higher power, is […]

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Killing (it) in the name of

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 31:  (L-R) Musicians Tim Commerford, Chuck D, Brad Wilk, B-Real and Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage perform onstage at Whisky a Go Go on May 31, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tim Commerford; Chuck D; Brad Wilk; B-Real; Tom Morello

Rock/rap super-group Prophets of Rage fight the power By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Tim Commerford, Chuck D, Brad Wilk, B-Real, and Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage; photo: Kevin Winter Rock super-groups are hardly a new thing. Cream was arguably the first back in 1966, and they might have set the precedent, only lasting a […]

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Many moons later

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The Slackers finally return to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: The Slackers tear down the wall between band and audience; photo: Imelda Malczyck Ah, the ’90s… a time many people refer to as the good ol’ days in Dayton, a time when touring bands came to the Gem City by the dozens from across a spectrum […]

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Sonic booms of industry

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Dayton’s Hexadiode electrifies with debut LP By Gary Spencer Photo: (left) Jonas Miseh and Tim Krug of Hexadiode; photos: Tim Krug There’s something oddly appropriate about a musical act coming from the Gem City that makes electro-industrial music. Think about it: the harsh, loud, clanging, buzzing sounds of soulless machines making stamping and stomping sounds […]

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Welcome to Willy Town

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Glostik Willy funks it up at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Glostik Willy draws legions of fans to festival performances, including the festival they created themselves, WillyFest Known as the creators of “hippy metal,” Glostik Willy, the self-proclaimed “life support for the rock and roll you thought was dead.” Formed in 2008, the Muncie, Indiana-based trio […]

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Life lyricist

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Josh Ritter bears his story writing By Joey Ferber Photo: Josh Ritter strums with honesty in Cincinnati Sept. 25; photo: Brian Stowell Josh Ritter is a storyteller from Idaho who travels the world as a musician. Ritter’s songs are wide ranging, with a discography of guitar folk tales and electrified poetic anthems. With an ever-evolving creative […]

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Riding the (third) wave

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The Toasters resurrect ska at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Rich Graiko, Thad Merritt, Robert ‘Bucket’ Hingley, The Basement, and Logan Labarbera; photo: Stacy McReynolds Ska music has a long, rich history. Originating in Jamaica during the 1950s, the musical style fused elements of Caribbean dancehall music and calypso with American R&B and jazz, […]

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All in the family

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Liz de Lise’s many folks at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Liz de Lise (left) and Mark Watter drop the sounds of a full band Sept. 18 at Blind Bob’s Some music can be a bit unclassifiable. But music that leans toward being unclassifiable is often the most intriguing, and the music of Philadelphia guitarist […]

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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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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

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 […]