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‘The impossible kid’

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Aesop Rock raps his life fables in Cincinnati Photo: Ian Bavitz, who performs under the moniker Aesop Rock, takes on Cincy July 16; photo: Ben Colen By Alan Sculley As Aesop Rock tours behind his latest album, The Impossible Kid, he realizes, as a rapper who is now 40 years old, he doesn’t have much company […]

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Maximum impact

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Downlink and Dieselboy drop the bass, up the tempo at Masque Drum and bass veteran Damian Higgins, Dieselboy, drops at Masque July 7; photo: Key Vision Photography By Gary Spencer For several years now, the duo of Tony DeSaro and Billy Dickensheets, better known collectively as 3DMentional Entertainment (3DM), has gone out of its way […]

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Nerd to the core

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Rapper Juice Lee gets geeky at Super-Fly’s Free Comic Book Day By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Juice Lee drops nerd-core hip-hop May 6 at Super-Fly Comics; photo: Salim Williams In Juice Lee’s song “The Dark World,” the rapper spits flowing streams of philosophy over a beat mixed from the music of Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda: […]

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Techno evolution

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World-class DJ Sasha takes ‘Another Trip Around the Sun’ at Masque By Paul Noah Photo: World-class DJ Sasha electrifies Masque April 8; photo: Lucy Barchan   It’s 2:30 a.m. Last call was a half-hour ago, and you don’t care. You’re caught in an audibly induced sensory trance on a darkened dance floor, accented by pulsing and patterned […]

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In the Deep House

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Legendary DJs Mark Farina and Colette return to Therapy Cafe By Gary Spencer Photo: Expect a spontaneous set from Chicago-based DJ Mark Farina, who co-headlines Volume: Deep House Friday with DJ Colette at Therapy Cafe, Jan. 20 Most dance music styles have a short shelf life, but house music has continued to endure since its […]

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Old and not lazy

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Local outfit Legbone celebrates 25 years at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Kyle Curtis, Kevin Hittepole, and Mitch Lawson perform in 1996 as Liquid Legbone Most bands —whether world famous or even more so, local—are lucky to stay together for five years, let alone 25. One Miami Valley-area band that has made it to […]

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We’re desperate

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Greece’s Barb Wire Dolls prove punk’s not dead at Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Barb Wire Dolls’ (l-r) Krash Doll (drums), Isis Queen (vocals), Iriel Blaque (bass), Remmington (rhythm guitar), and Pyn Doll (lead guitar) photo: Michelle X Star   It’s easy to lament the state of what passes for contemporary punk rock. Most modern punk bands […]

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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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Positive Vibrations

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Dave Hall Plaza thrives (as it always has) with Dayton’s Reggae Fest By Matt Clevenger photo: Seefari jams at 5 p.m. at Dayton Reggae Festival Sept. 4; photos: Lamonte Hall A downtown tradition for almost 30 years, the Dayton Reggae Festival returns, bringing a day of fun and live reggae music to the corner of Fourth and […]

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Night of the Living Dreads II

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Korn resurrected in Cinci By Mike Ritchie A good band can play with one light bulb on if the songs are good enough. Ray Luzier of Korn and Rob Zombie resurrect the air-born hair with The Return of the Dreads tour, a sequel to 2013’s Night of the Living Dreads. The locks fly through 26 […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]