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Playing in the Band

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Tribute Bands Keep the Music Alive By Rusty Pate The band members take their places on stage and quickly tune up. A smattering of plucked notes and random drum beats melts into the fan favorite “China Cat Sunflower.” Throughout the crowd, hippies bop and twirl as a thick haze of smoke begins to rise. The […]

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Fraze Gets Nekked

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Barenaked Ladies Deliver Hits and More Outdoors By Alan Sculley In putting together “Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before!” – the new compilation of unreleased and rare tracks — the four members of the Barenaked Ladies got the chance to take a trip back to their early years as a band. That’s what […]

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Livin’ in the Now

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Paleface Looks Neither to his Past nor the Future By Nick Schwab Paleface lives in the here and now because it does not make sense to be passé, while the future is always unpredictable. He also doesn’t want to restrict or limit himself and his music solely by words created by others to define his […]

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Is It Real? Is It Memorex?

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The Implications of New Holographic Stage Technology in Performance By Ben Dale I was sitting alone in a dark and dank basement on the East End, half-drunk and hoarse-voiced, listening to Blizzard of Ozz, which, for those who don’t know, was The Prince of Darkness’ first post-Sabbath record, and also one of two albums Ozzy […]

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Extraordinary Times

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The High Strung Return with ¿Possible O Possible? By Kyle Melton After spending the better part of a decade touring the country virtually non-stop, Detroit-via Brooklyn-via Detroit indie rock juggernauts, The High Strung, find themselves in an unusual spot at the moment: off the road at home. That’s all about to change, however, as the […]

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Wishing Upon A Star

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New Vega Chase Rock and Roll Dreams By Tim Anderl Taking their moniker from the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, Dayton- and Cincinnati-based quartet, New Vega, is a bold, contemporary modern rock band that is quickly becoming one of the most promising acts in Southern Ohio.  In 2009, the band released a self-titled, three-track […]

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Sometimes The Summer Pledge Pledges To Play All The Time

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May 22nd at South Park Tavern By W.C. Ruffnel As I was stumbling drunkenly through an alley the other morning shirtless and covered in dog hair, I had a self realization: The Summer Pledge is a kick-ass band.  At a time when every shitty kid with a guitar, a delay pedal and a dream is […]

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Expect The Unexpected

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The Circus Collective Presents: The Sideshow By Kyle Metlon For those of you heading out to Urban Nights this coming weekend, you’re certain to encounter a variety of experiences throughout downtown Dayton and beyond. Out on the fringes of downtown at Fourth and Walnut, however, you’ll come across an independently produced event showcasing an eclectic […]

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We Were Wild

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Atlanta’s Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun at South Park By Kyle Melton In an era with countless bands vying for the attention of listeners through the near-infinite resources of conventional media, social networking sites and the likes of Spotify and iTunes, a handful of bands remain committed to the old-fashioned means of connecting with […]

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Raising a Ruckus

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Dan Haug’s “Take Me To A Disco” Poised to Make You Sweat By Tim Anderl In February, Dayton City Paper previewed local bands and artists to watch in 2012.  One such artist was Kettering-based beatsmith Dan Haug, aka Ruckus Roboticus, who is toiling in his home studio finishing a full-length record, Phantom Of The Disco, […]

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Burn Down The System To Build One Anew

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Moving From A Major Label Reveals Van Hunts’ Heart By Nick Schwab “I just moved on,” says Dayton soul artist Van Hunt when he tells of his shift from working with a major label to being an independent artist. If one were to research the story of the Blue Note label shelving his still-not-officially released […]

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Riding Dirty

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Dirty Socialites Maintain DIY Ethos By Tim Anderl In 2012, it is becoming common place for independent bands to leverage social networking sites like Facebook in creating and communicating with their fanbase, and donation sites like Kickstarter to supplement recording and pressing their latest output.  For Dayton’s Dirty Socialites, a group of musicians with decades […]

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I Finally Gave Into the Feeling

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Me & Mountains Release Feral on Vinyl By Kyle Melton In 2009, Me & Mountains burst onto the Dayton scene with a highly polished indie pop/rock sound that quickly caught the attention of audiences around town. Their self-titled debut EP evidenced a band with an uncanny penchant for infectious composition and no-frills arrangements, channeling the […]

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Prior Pop-Rockers Get Angry

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Cloud Nothings’ Attack On Memory, Rife with Anger and Uncertainty By Nick Schwab When sifting through Cloud Nothings’ catalogue, remember to tread softly, because you might be treading on the times of your lost years. Call it the Wonder Years, call it Step By Step, call it My So Called Life, call it what you will, […]

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Abertooth Lincoln: Friends, Forever

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Every “Tunesday” at South Park Tavern for their NTRO/XPO Residency By W. C. Ruffnel Abertooth Lincoln is a band about the town. If you open any local newspaper, chances are you’ve seen them or read about them. The reasoning behind this: they’re fucking great. They’re also really nice dudes as well, which also lends itself […]

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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 […]