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Lucha-rockers Team Void live album release at Canal Public House By Gary Spencer Photo: Team Void performs on May 24 at Canal Public House; photo: Richard Brown Some Dayton rock ‘n’ roll fans think Team Void is a five-piece band whose musicians live and breathe here in the Gem City, just like everybody else. However, you […]

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What doesn’t kill you …


Indie-rapper Grieves flexes muscle with Winter & The Wolve By Tim Anderl Photo: Grieves will perform in Cincinnati on May 21, and in Columbus on May 22; photo: Jenavieve Belair Seattle rapper Benjamin Laub, aka Grieves, recently returned to deliver his fourth studio album, Winter & The Wolves, on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Originally emerging in 2007, his independently […]

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Say it isn’t so!

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Daryl Hall and John Oates play Cincinnati’s PNC Pavilion By Rusty Pate Photo: Daryl Hall and John Oates will perform at PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati on May 11; photo: Mick Rock Daryl Hall and John Oates have been making music longer than most realize. It’s been more than 40 years since the duo released their debut […]

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Why should the fire die?

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Nickel Creek play Taft Theatre By Justin Kreitzer Photo:  Nickel Creek perform on May 6 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati; photo: Brantley Gutierrez To celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band, Nickel Creek – the trio featuring mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Sean Watkins and violinist Sara Watkins – have returned from a nine-year hiatus to […]

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Only human


VNV Nation goes Transnational with new album and tour By Gary Spencer Photo: Ronan Harris [above] and Mark Jackson, also known as VNV Nation, perform at the Taft Theatre on April 29; photo: Franz Schepers Over the years, industrial music, electronic dance music and electronic music have been stereotyped as impersonal, devoid of soul and emotion. In […]

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Damn the man!


Celebrate Record Store Day 2014 By Kyle Melton You walk into your local record store. You’re browsing through the racks of vinyl, listening to the music playing over the speakers. It’s an album you’ve never heard before, so you ask the guy or girl behind the counter, “Who is this?” Next thing you know, you’re […]

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Let’s do the mind warp again


Gazer to melt faces during Dayton stop By Tim Anderl Photo: Gazer perform on April 11 at Hole in the Wall; photo: Paul Schroder If you weren’t knee deep in the sweaty indie action during the cacophonous and fearsome ’90s, it is probably hard to understand the sheer majestic, and ear-bleed inducing, volume and fury conjured by […]

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I heart the ’80s


Quiet Riot feels the noize at BMI Speedway By Allyson Crawford Photo: Quiet Riot performs on April 5 at BMI Speedway in Versailles No, it’s not 1986 again, but the upcoming tours this spring and summer may have you believing otherwise. Motley Crüe will head out on their final tour. KISS and Def Leppard will pair […]

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Get a clue

DTCV has not-so-secret ties to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: DTCV will perform at Tree Bar in Columnus on April 2, and at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati on April 5; photo: Mike Postalakis French-American post-punk outfit DTCV (pronounced “Detective”) released their new album, Hilarious Heaven, via Xemu/Burger Records earlier this year. Though the band isn’t officially a […]

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Dark, dangerous, Danish


The Foreign Resort brings New Frontiers across the Atlantic By Zach Rogers Photo: The Foreign Resort will perform at South Park Tavern on March 21; photo: Morten Ryming In Denmark, the music of New Order and The Cure rings loud and clear. From the city of Copenhagen comes The Foreign Resort, a band that mixes post-punk […]

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Cedric Watson brings Louisiana noise to UD By Zach Rogers  Photo: Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole performs March 12 at UD’s Kennedy Union Boll Theatre; Photo by: Jack Hirschorn Zydeco.  At first glance, you might think that’s a typo. But no, it’s correct. Zydeco. Even though a lot of people don’t know what the word means, I’ll […]

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High water

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Amos Lee performs at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Amos Lee performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati March 7 Amos Lee has seen his career take a welcome step forward with his two most recent albums, 2011’s Mission Bell and his fifth studio album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, which was […]

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The Brothers are back in town!

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Smug Brothers reunite with two new releases By Leo DeLuca Photo: Smug Brothers release their new album at South Park Tavern on Feb. 22; photo: Jordan Frei Smug Brothers celebrate the release of their new album On the Way to the Punchline, Saturday, Feb. 22. The all-ages show takes place at South Park Tavern. Human Cannonball, […]

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No parking on the dance floor


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. brings electro-pop to Cincinnati By Zach Rogers Photo: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will visit the 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati Feb. 14; photo: Frank Maddocks When you name your band after one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, you’re bound to get a few confused looks. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have overcome […]

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The science of noise


Death metal legends Dark Tranquillity ready to reign in Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Dark Tranquility will perform on Feb. 11 at Skully’s Music Diner in Columbus; photo: Daniel Falk Some bands are content to rest on their past glories and achievements. For Swedish metal-ers Dark Tranquillity, resting on their name and reputation alone just ain’t how […]

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Fear, love, beauty and pain


Black Angels bring psychedelic religion to Southgate House Revival By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Angels perform at Southgate House Revival on Feb. 7; photo: Alexandra ValentiOne trend I’ve noticed in the past few years is the resurgence of interest in music rooted in ’60s psychedelic rock. The annual Austin Psych Fest keeps getting larger each year, […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]