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Take 2

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Dayton’s own Ashley Martin celebrates album release at Caddy’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Ashley Martin releases her self-produced new album, Take 2, at Caddy’s Nov. 17; photo: Daes Photography Modern country is more often than not a terrible thing—overproduced music that might as well be top 40 pop with cringe worthy lyrics, vocals as ear pleasing […]

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Searchin’

blues

Dayton Philharmonic Soul Singer Search heats up By Gary Spencer Photo: Peter Brennan of Jeans ‘n Classics partners with DPO to find Dayton’s next soul singer One thing I’ve always admired about the Gem City is its ability to put the spotlight on homegrown talent, and sometimes in unusual or intriguing ways. That certainly seems to […]

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A little Me Time

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Me Time releases Vol.2  at Cloverdale By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Me Time’s Andy Smith feels out the band’s Vol. 2 at Cloverdale Nov. 5; photo: Bill Cunningham For years now, Andy Smith has been churning out some of the best music in the Dayton scene. A talented guitarist and prolific songwriter, Smith has taken the stage […]

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Anti music

metal

Second incarnation of Anti Music Fest roars into town(s) By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Greasy Mike (left) and Trashcan of Lima’s Pizza Hi Five will deliver their ‘grooviest mincing goregrind’ this weeken   Fans of local music know Dayton has a proud metal scene. Multi-day music festivals are hardly new. Splitting fests between two cities and […]

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Going their own way

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Dayton Philharmonic performs Landslide: Music of Fleetwood Mac By Tim Walker Photo: Dayton Philharmonic’s Rockin’ Orchestra presents Landslide: The Music of Fleetwood Mac at the Schuster Nov. 4 Fleetwood Mac. The very name itself conjures up decades of musical memories, images of top hats, swirling scarves, and marching bands, as well as rumors of fighting, […]

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Mental dissonance, musical harmony

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Communist Dayghter brings ghosts to Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: (l-r) Communist Daughter’s Dillon Marchus, Steven Yasgar, Molly and Johnny Solomon, Al Weiers, and Adam Switlick Communist Daughter is an indie rock band based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, led by singer-songwriter John Solomon.  The band’s 2010 debut album, Soundtrack to the End, received great […]

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From the depths

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Philadelphia’s Surgeon rises at Cloverdale By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Surgeon’s Josh Mustin, JT Wieme, Lydia Giordano, and Sean Bolton; photo: Jauhien Sasnou Some of the most innovative, engaging, and just plain good music is often found on the fringe of popular music radars. This is especially true when it comes to extreme metal, a genre […]

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‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’

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Malian musicians persevere against jihadists By Matt Clevenger In 2012, extremist groups captured an area larger than the UK in North Mali, instituting Sharia law and effectively banning most forms of music. Facing imprisonment, and in some cases death, bands and performing artists disappeared from the embattled territory almost overnight, going underground or fleeing to […]

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Engraving darkness

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Dayton death metal scriptures By Mike Ritchie Photo: Johnnie Wallace (left) and Colin Glover of Engraved Darkness; photo: Mike Ritchie Engraved Darkness has been around close to a decade. With the dripping black eyes of vocalist/guitarist Johnnie Wallace leading the charge, their current incarnation, helmed by Wallace, includes Forces of Nature’s Jimmy Rose on guitar, […]

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Fly me to the Schuster

POPS

Dayton Philharmonic pays tribute to Sinatra and Friends By Gary Spencer Photo: Steve Lippia croons the audience with classics from Sinatra and other timeless voices When it comes to music, especially popular music, tastes and trends wax and wane, and certain types of popular music go in and out of style. But some music retains […]

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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 […]