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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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Devils look like angels

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band visits Cincinnati By Alan Sculley In years past, Josh Peyton and the studio have never been best buddies. Sure, the man who leads the rootsy rock trio the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band had made albums – five full-lengths and two EPs, in fact. But the studio never felt […]

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A halo as a disco ball

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Andy D fires up the party! By Zach Rogers There are angels on the dance floor, and nobody seems to know what the hell they’re doing there. Nobody except for Andy D. To him, it seems perfectly normal to have angels getting their boogie on underneath a disco ball, and there are probably a lot […]

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Ultimate dance music: ultimate dance floor

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CNTRL: Beyond EDM invades Masque By Wu W.A.N.G. The Dayton party scene will be on par with the larger metropolitan areas of New York, Quebec or Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 15 as CNTRL: BEYOND EDM makes a tour stop at Club Masque. Prime Social Group, based in Columbus, and Disco Donnie are producing this Midwest […]

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Is that Honest Abe?

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Roots/country musician Justin Townes Earle is unusually heartfelt and honest By Nick Schwab The star complex is often, in fact, a veil; a sort of mask that hides the artist’s real problems from the world. Stars are often just as dishonest as politicians are.  It’s less problematic and one admits they have a good reason […]

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Funky is as Del does

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Bay Area MC makes a Gem City stop to drop some Hip-Hop By Wu W.A.N.G. Del The Funky Homosapien’s mellow phone style reveals that he’s very comfortable with himself and where music has taken him. He’s been hitting the stage to rock shows during the Lyricist Lounge and Rock The Bells tours, taking the stage […]

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Breakbeat bass in your face!

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Dayton’s dance scene pops with Elton Mack By Wu W.A.N.G. For one local DJ, life is good and getting better. Elton Mack is one part family man, helping to raise three children all under the age of nine, one part DJ – who is getting booked so often, that the weekends are starting to run […]

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One rhyme at a time

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Yellow Springs’ Village Fam lights up Peach’s Grill By Zach Rogers Yellow Springs is certainly a popular place for any Ohioan to visit, due to a variety of different activities and attractions the village proudly offers. Music is without question at the top of this list, but rap music in particular may not be the […]

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Playing with fire

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Bassel and the Supernaturals heat up behind new release Dreamer By Rusty Pate Bassel Al-Madani sits in his apartment on a seemingly ordinary night. The Kent, Ohio native began recording albums in 2008 and he now finds himself living in Chicago with his latest album, Dreamer, freshly completed with his group, Bassel and the Supernaturals. […]

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Bow down!

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Naughty rapper Blowfly brings his “nastiness” to Dayton By Wu W.A.N.G. Sure, many of us might desire to transform into another person or test drive another personality, but to do it in public, in front of an audience? Well … maybe not. For thirty odd years less than a century, Clarence Reid obviously has seen […]

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Cocked and ready to kick out the jams

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90s Reloaded multiple bands tribute show at Canal Street Tavern By Nick Schwab Do you hear that? It is the sweet sound of 1990s music coming back again. Glory! Glory!! Hallelujah! The 1990s was a turbulent time for the art form that would forever change the face of the industry. It was also probably the […]

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Noise worth listening to

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Boston’s The Grown-Up Noise return to Dayton By Amanda Clay The Grown-Up Noise, a multi-talented group out of Boston that got its start in 2007 is coming to Dayton. Since their start, they have grown into an act that straddles the fences of several genres of music, including indie, folk-pop and Americana; an amalgam of […]

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Behind the wheels

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Local DJs spin different paths By Wu W.A.N.G. This week, we catch up with two local “record junkies,” Beth Lewis (aka Lady Bandit) and Terry Repp (aka DJ TREPP), now both DJs. Individually, these two have been flying low and off of the radar, as they have quietly honed their skills in the early days […]

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God Bless Us…

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Ohio bands deliver badass tunes for everyone! By Tim Anderl When the editors at Dayton City Paper requested that I review some albums for this issue, inclusion of my input was contingent on including a review of a release by an Ohio band.  “Bah humbug,” I thought.  Why would this squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, […]

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Garden’s ready, prepare to dance…

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Dayton’s Garden Station hot spot for EDM By Wu W.A.N.G. New to Dayton and looking for the underground, electronic dance music scene? Currently, local DJs, along with promoters and fans of the music, host a weekly event on Sunday at Garden Station, located at 504 E. Fourth Street in Dayton. The unique open-air green space/park […]

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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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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]