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A beginner’s guide to the Dayton music scene By: Kyle Melton & Gary Spencer   Photo: Local favorites Nightbeast throw down on their home turf at Blind Bob’s; photo: Jacob Bonham Media; cover photo: Buffalo Killers at Canal Street Tavern by Jordan Frei If you’re looking to find out about one of Dayton’s great hidden treasures, look […]

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Gyspy bells and beach blues


New sounds for summer spinning By Alan Sculley   As we roll headlong into the dog days of summer,mild as they may be this year, era-defining playlists are being amassed left and right. Admit it: you’re making your Summer 2013 playlist as you read this. Well, let us suggest four more options that stand to […]

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The DCP Sizzlin’ Summer Sex Mixtape

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In keeping on theme for our first annual Sizzlin’ Summer Sex edition, we tasked our music writers to each contribute a track for our own special mixtape. While certainly there is more than one way to reach the palace of delights, depending on your mood and other inclinations, feel free to compile these tracks in […]

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All murder, all guts, all fun

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Danzig celebrates 25 years of horror biz with anniversary tour By Gary Spencer  Photo: Glenn Danzig will perform songs new and old in Columbus on Aug. 14 Not many musicians are as fortunate as Glenn Anzalone, better known by his stage name Glenn Danzig. For nearly 40 years, Danzig has been making his own brand of […]

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Into the void

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Cadaver Dogs bring rock n’ roll mayhem to Poelking Lanes By Zach Rogers Photo: Columbus gutter rock trio Cadaver Dogs play Poelking Lanes on Wilmington Pike Aug. 3 Decades ago, Black Sabbath claimed to have sold their souls for rock n’ roll. The same could be said of the band Cadaver Dogs, from Columbus, Ohio, if […]

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I left my heart in San Cisco

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Australian indie-pop band set to play in Columbus By Justin Kreitzer  photo: Australian indie pop outfit San Cisco will visit The Basement in Columbus on July 26; photo credit: Kane Hibberd Australian indie-pop band San Cisco just released their self-titled debut album on July 16 via RCA Records in the United States. It was released by […]

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The seers

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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 […]