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Razakel brings horrorcore rap to Dayton By Gary Spencer It’s a shame that female musicians still struggle to be taken seriously, regardless of their chosen musical genre. And it’s well known that women have struggled historically to be taken seriously particularly in rap music. But the most dedicated of these ladies fight through, oftentimes twice […]

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On the shoulders of a giant

The Saturday Giant brings epic one-man band to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: The Saturday Giant performs Saturday, Nov. 28 at Canal Public House; photo: Mark Elliot Having total creative control and the ability to tour whenever one wants to is perhaps the shortlist of things every musician dreams about. While Columbus-based artist Philip Cogley, […]

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All roads lead to home

Hawthorne Heights performs hometown gig By Tim Anderl Photo: Dayton’s own Hawthorne Heights will play an all-ages show on Nov. 20 at Yellow Cab Over the last fifteen years, Dayton, Ohio’s Hawthorne Heights have done and seen more than most of their peers. They’ve had multiple Gold records, a couple peak positions on the Billboard […]

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Observations of the disenchanted

Speaking Suns play Peach’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Speaking Suns will perform on Oct. 10 at Peach’s in Yellow Springs Born in Athens and based in Yellow Springs, Speaking Suns will be playing a hometown show at Peach’s Bar and Grill on October 10. The emerging band—vocalist and guitarist Jake Diebold, keyboardist Sam Salazar, bassist […]

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Fusion master masters jazz fusion

Virgil Donati Band comes to Oddbody’s By Christian Roerig Photo: The Virgil Donati Band will perform at Oddbody’s on Sept. 11 Virgil Donati is no stranger to playing drums. In fact, he*s considered one of the best (not strangest). The Australian-born native is known for a highly technical style of drumming, but that*s not where […]

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Triumphant returns

Corinna Nix, John Simon and their Southern soul at Tumbleweed By Tim Anderl Photo: John Simon and Corinna Nix will perform Aug. 28 at Tumbleweed Connection; photo: Tim Kuhl When Corinna Nix packed all her earthly possessions into her ’97 Chevy Lumina to return to Dayton, Ohio, the future felt pretty uncertain. She’d completed her […]

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A night of neo-funk

Charles Walker Band hits Trolley By Tim Walker Photo: Charles Walker and Porsche Carmon of the Charles Walker Band will perform Aug. 22 at Trolley Stop; photo: Charles Walker Charles Walker —musician and bandleader, songwriter, recording artist and stand-up comedian—can’t stop laughing. But first: name five great saxophone players. Go ahead… I’ll wait. If you’re […]

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The final frontier

Ringo Deathstarr charts course to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Ringo Deathstarr will perform at Canal Public House July 24; photo: Chad McGillivray Ringo Deathstarr, a three-piece outfit from Austin, Texas, is conjuring a unique response to the noisy and melodic, guitar pedal-loving, shoegazing, dreamy bands from the late 1980s and ’90s. Dashes of The […]

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The real deal

Freekbass unleashes retro-modern funktronica By Tim Anderl Photo: “It was rhythm and melody, a drum that could play notes!” – Chris Sherman on hearing the bass for the first time; photo: Musical Earth Cincinnati-born funk bassist Freekbass, aka Chris Sherman, is a visionary musician who bridges the gap between classic funk styles and future grooves […]

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On the Mark, in the house

Legendary house DJ Mark Farina at Therapy By Josher Lumpkin Photo: House DJ Mark Farina will perform at Therapy Cafe on July 10 The San Francisco-based DJ Mark Farina is a house scene legend. Boasting a career of more than 20 years, Farina has churned out countless releases on Om Records, as well as his […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]