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The forked road

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UK band Foals visit Ohio with new album, Holy Fire By Alan Sculley Photo: Foals will visit Cincinnati and Columbus on May 14 and 15 in support of Holy Fire Edwin Congreave says the Foals’ recently released third album, Holy Fire was easily the least stressful and smoothest album the group has made. “This album, we […]

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Courage of the knife

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Senses Fail visits Thomspon House By Alan Sculley photo: Senses Fail will perform at the Thompson House on May 1; photo credit: Jonathan Weiner Buddy Nielsen, frontman of Senses Fail, says he went into the group’s new album, Renacer, with the attitude that there was nothing to lose. That might seem like an unusual outlook considering […]

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A seed, a tiger, a noose and a queen


Dear Fawn celebrates debut EP at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 By Zach Rogers Photo: Dear Fawn releases debut EP April 13: [l to r] Tifani Tanaka, Tyler Bellingar, Andy Smith and Kyle Melton; photo credit: Katie Sule The hardest thing for any band is maintaining a balance between finding a sound and not getting pigeonholed within that […]

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Good fest, rad city


#Fest in Athens won’t kill your vibe  By Tim Anderl Photo: Scene at the 10th #Fest in Athens, Ohio from 2012; the 11th #Fest takes place April 13; photo credit: Mara Gruber/Prime Social Group Established in 2004 in the city of residence for Ohio’s most notorious party school – Ohio University – the annual #Fest (or […]

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Infectious dance


Chicago Afrobeat Project invades Peach’s Grill By Rusty Pate Photo: Chicago Afrobeat Project visit Peach’s Grill on Saturday, April 6 with new album, Nyashup  When most people hear the term “afro” attached to anything, visions of blaxploitation stereotypes immediately jump to mind. While it may be true that Afrobeat music came into existence during the late […]

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Hot freaks


Army of Infants knocks it down and tears it up By Zach Rogers Photo: Down and out in Bowling Green: Guitarist Jared Welch of Army of Infants Boom boom, bang bang. That’s what this music does to you. It will bust down your door and crash through your living room. The band is Army of Infants […]

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Honey, I cooked the kids!


Fetus Omelet brings gore (not core) to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Fetus Omelet will perform at Blind Bob’s on March 17; [l to r] Doomore Rapiste and Xerxes Grimm Dayton grindcore outfit Fetus Omelet is not for the faint of heart or for anyone offended by four letter words. Cloaked in bloody butcher smocks […]

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Time to get wild, again!


Nightbeast rocks the home crowd at Blind Bob’s  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Nightbeast brings the party to Blind Bob’s on Saturday, March 2; photo credit: Jessica Uttinger Lurking somewhere deep in the shadows is a mysterious being, a musical entity so powerful it could literally melt your face off. It has the ability to lift you […]

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Darkness, whiskey and the devil


Murder by Death visit Southgate House Revival By Zach Rogers Photo: Murder By Death will perfom at the Southgate House Revival Feb. 21; photo credit: Greg Whitaker After more than a decade together, it can be difficult for any band to still function as an operational unit. Some succeed while many fail, and for Murder by […]

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Rock star


An interview with Aesop Rock By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Aesop Rock will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Thompson House in Newport, KY Hip-hop artist Aesop Rock released first self-produced album, Skelethon, in 2012 and is now touring the Midwest. The Dayton City Paper posed ten questions to the rapper. Five were included in […]

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Stop staring at the cracks in the wall


WHY? kicks off 2013 with a hometown show at Taft Theatre By Leo DeLuca Photo:  [clockwise from left] Josiah Wolf, Doug McDiarmid, Yoni Wolf and Liz Wolf; photo credit: Aaron Conway Ohio-based indie rock/hip-hop band WHY? has been garnering international acclaim the past few years. Evolving from experimental hip-hop groups such as cLOUDDEAD and Reaching Quiet, […]

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Fire starter

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Matisyahu brings acoustic heat to spark seekers By Tim Anderl photo credit: Mark Squires 2012 was a big year for Chassidic Reggae Superstar Matthew Paul Miller – who performs as Matisyahu, and is addressed as Matis. With a reputation for eclectic, trippy, pop-centered reggae, the Los Angeles artist spent a year recording Spark Seeker, which […]

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Playfully Yours play for yours (and theirs)

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Cincinnati trio requires no more than your attention for their electro stylings By W.C. Ruffnel Photo: Playfully Yours: [l to r]Maxx McKinley, Katie Busemeyer and Brock R. McKinley; photo credit: Sarah McDermott Last time I saw the group known as Playfully Yours, I was excited to watch them, and this was because they were exciting. It seems […]

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Ohio Classic returns to Therapy Cafe

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Electronic Dance Music + fashion year #4 By Wu W.A.N.G. Rock tha’ Bells! or Jing-Jing, jingle, Oh yeah … Ah, it must be December and inching way too close to Christmas, because I am looking at my wallet and wondering what magic trick will make my wrinkly, moist and faded  twenty-dollar bill spend like a […]

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Their way and the highway


Detroit’s Koffin Kats bring non-stop psychobilly tour to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer There’s an ages-old saying that suggests there is “no rest for the wicked.” If that adage is indeed true, Detroit punk-gone-psychobilly trio Koffin Kats must truly be evil. Formed nearly a decade ago in the Motor City by upright bass guitarist and […]

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Beat pusher, crowd shaker, savvy money maker

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Local DJ Tony DeSaro is a key figure in Dayton’s notoriously fragmented dance music scene By Wu W.A.N.G Tony DeSaro is about making things happen. This Dayton DJ’s name is everywhere these days, whether he’s involved with high-profile music events throughout the Midwest, particularly Dayton and Columbus, or playing “hella tight” sets at a house […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]