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Spin it: You’re Welcome, 9/20/11

Unleash the Nightbeast The new sophomore album from Dayton rapper/jokester/all-around nice guy Nick Testa — aka the Nightbeast — is titled You’re Welcome. And it’s definitely enough to make even the most jaded hip-hop fan exclaim “Thank you!”
Testa’s long-awaited follow-up to his nerdcore rap classic-in-the-making Inside Jokes For Outside Folks is a joyously nutty good […]

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Spin it: All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, 9/20/11

The Body All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood [At a Loss Records] This slab o’ wax is a vinyl-only reissue of The Body’s magnum opus All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, which was originally released in 2010. I must say, the hype the album received is justified as All […]

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Spin It: “Leck Mich Im Arsch”

Jack White and ICP’s new single Third Man Records Last week, the social networking universe and music-nerd blogosphere lit up with slack-jawed discussion about the forthcoming single from Jack White’s record label Third Man Records. If you thought Rebecca Black’s “Friday” ranked high on the “you’re not gonna believe this shit” scale, wait until you […]

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Spin It, 8/2/11

Fields on Fire by Wheels If you haven’t had a chance to catch Wheels yet, then you’re missing out on something special. It’s something that doesn’t come around very often, at least in a city this size – talented youngsters building a local following, all on the merits of their music.  Wheels’ live shows are […]

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Spin it: Givers

In Light [Glassnote Entertainment Group] At first blush, you may peg Lafayette, La. band Givers as a poor man’s Vampire Weekend. You wouldn’t be completely off base, but the story runs a little deeper than that. While Givers, like other bands, have figured out ways to incorporate Afrobeat into indie-pop, they also add unique elements […]

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Spin it: Kate Tucker, White Horses

Kate Tucker, White Horses [Red Valise Recordings] Described by one ardent admirer as a “hipper, younger Neko Case,” Kate Tucker is an Akron girl whose music is equal parts slow burn and honky-tonk shuffle. Born into a family of truckers, her work is influenced by the American road with themes of departure, distance, love lost […]

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Spin It: Electric Banana, 6/14/11

Electric Banana Odds & Ends The skinny on Electric Banana’s Odds & Ends? It, like their website, implies (the auspiciously added ‘rocks’ to their moniker) rocks. Grafting metallic guitars onto authentically 1980s synthetic drums, EB seems pleased to give the middle finger to their influences — there’s no way Dave Mustaine would be caught dead […]

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Spin it: Blood Ceremony, 6/14/11

Blood Ceremony Living with the Ancients (Rise Above/Metal Blade) Toronto-based quartet Blood Ceremony’s second album, Living with the Ancients, is chock full of bluesy, heavy, distorted 1960s-styled stoner rock featuring the reverb-heavy vocals of witchy chanteuse Alia O’Brien.  When the frontwoman isn’t singing, she’s either grinding the keys of a Hammond organ or playing the […]

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Spin it: Abertooth Lincoln

Live in This You Fucking Roaches By W.C. Ruffnel With a name like Abertooth Lincoln, it should come as no surprise that this musical group tackles political issues hyperbolically with an enormous fang piercing through a stove-pipe hat. Lyrical themes and a perceivably ironic name aside – this band is a delicious slice of progressive […]

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Spin It (4/5/11)

Giant Claw’s Midnight Murder (Orange Milk Recordings) Saboteur of conventional rock ‘n’ roll and synthesizer wizard, Keith Rankin (of Dayton outfit Yakuza Heart Attack) is at it again – this time, reborn under the moniker Giant Claw. Rankin adopts a minimalist approach for the spectacular Giant Claw debut, Midnight Murder. An array of sequencing synthesizers […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]