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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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CD Reviews – 12/22/10

CD Reviews – 12/22/10 By Eric Saeger ARP, The Soft Wave (Smalltown Supersound Records) Avant krautrock ambience resulting from Alexis Georgopolis’s leaving San Francisco outfit Tussle and moving to New York, where, by the way, he’s found some measure of success in the mixed-art arena.  These vocal-less, eerie, understated pieces are full of subtlety, created […]

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CD Reviews 12/15/10

Recent album releases By Eric Saeger Martina Topley-Bird, Some Place Simple (Honest Jon’s/Ipecac Records) Apparently feeling somehow artistically indebted to non-techie shy-chicks like Norah Jones (Topley-Bird’s voice, if you haven’t heard her work elsewhere, such as on this year’s “Heligoland” LP from Massive Attack, is a direct cross between Jones and Sia), this multi-instrumentalist and […]

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For your iPod’s Consideration December 2010 releases By Eric Saeger John Gillette, All Bad (Megastar Records) Bearing the core sound of a 20-something Justin Bieber and the back-sideways-baseball-cap fashion of the truly detestable, Gillette panders to the lemmingest lemmings of this generation -people who don’t grasp the basics of trends and music, but whose hippocampuses […]

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For your iPod’s consideration By Eric Saeger Diplo, Blow Your Head- Diplo Presents: Dubstep (Downtown Records) Not every U.K. trend turns into the Beatles. Most of you (i.e., those of you who make no effort whatsoever to trend-check your head, meaning 99% of New Hampshire, and that’s actually a good score in comparison to nearly […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]