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The seers

No Wave legends Swans visit Newport’s Southgate  By Gary Spencer photo by: “We’re doing the best sonics I’ve ever experienced.” -Michael Gira brings Swans to Southgate House Revival on Tuesday, July 23; photo credit: Jennifer Church You know how it usually goes when a legendary band considered long dead and gone reunites, right? Initial excitement of […]

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The square is where … it’s at

Downtown program is like ‘recess’ for adults By Justin Kreitzer Photo: [l to r] Charles Walker and Porsche Carmon of The Charles Walker band wil perform for The Square is Where on July 12; photo credit: Artaska Roberts The Square Is Where is a free entertainment program held at Courthouse Square, presented by the Downtown Dayton […]

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From a crescent to a gem

Paul Sanchez kicks off NOLA Summer In Dayton at Canal Street Tavern By: Justin Kreitzer Photo: New Orleans-based guitarist Paul Sanchez visits Canal Street Tavern on July 10; photo credit: Chris Granger New Orleans – known as the “Crescent City” – is notorious for its wild parties, but it is also famous for its musical history; […]

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Making a strangewave

Dayton duo album release at Springfield show By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Strangewave celebrate the release of their debut, Pop Noir,on June 29 in Springfield; Photo credit: M. Kelly Wilt Strangewave is an emerging indie rock band made up of songwriters J. Trenton Crace and Katrina Eresman of Dayton. Their psychedelic dream-pop blooms with layers of guitars, […]

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Don’t call it a comeback

LL Cool J headlines ‘Kings of the Mic’ tour at Riverbend By Alan Sculley Photo: LL Cool J returns with new album Authenticand will appear with the Kings of the Mic tour at Riverbend on June 27 It’s been five years since LL Cool J has released an album – an eternity in the hip-hop world, […]

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Won’t you take me to Funkytown?

Jah Soul brings a refreshing sound to Dayton  By Deon Jefferson Editor’s note: Jah Soul’s performance on June 15 was originally scheduled to take place at J-Alan’s, which recently closed. We would like to thank J-Alan’s for providing an eclectic, enthusiastic home for Dayton musicians over the years. What do you get when you combine […]

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Transatlanticism

This Is Thunder’s overseas collaboration yields ambitious debut By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Nopse [aka Marc Navoizat] and Jen Schnade of This is Thunder This Is Thunder grew out of a transatlantic bond and concrete desire to create together in spite of geographical boundaries. It takes a certain unity of vision to make a […]

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Great things come in little packages

sami.the.great at Ghostlight Coffeehouse By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sami.the.Great will perform at Ghostlight Coffeehouse on June 2; photo credit: Laura Crosta Brooklyn-based musician Sami Akbari, who also records and performs under the moniker sami.the.great, is currently on tour in support of her excellent self-titled debut album released in early 2012 by Bold Love Records. […]

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About a Mover

Hospital Garden celebrates release of third album By Gary Spencer Photo: Chicago trio Hospital Garden bring their new album Moverto Blind Bob’s on May 26; [l to r] Erik Rasmussen, Sarah Carey and Lucas Hollow  There seems to be a slogan going around the Gem City for probably decades now. It’s something to the effect of “people […]

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We have come … for light

The Breeders reissue Last Splash Boxed Set By Kyle Melton Photo: The Breeders in 2013: [l to r] Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, Kim Deal, Jim MacPherson; photo credit: Chris Glass After cutting her teeth with Boston college rock icons Pixies in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Dayton’s Kim Deal returned home to rekindle her other […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]