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The Transylvania Hellhounds rock Hanks Pub Transylvania Hellhounds (l-r) Allen McCowan, Eric Barnes, Keith Byerman, Greg Vaughn. Photo: Jay Allen Herndon By Mike Ritchie Spawned and foaming from the worlds of horror and rock n’ roll, the Transylvania Hellhounds have changed lycanthropic formation a few times dedicating countess hours and energy to their second album. […]

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Not wasting any time

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Justin Townes Earle highlights new album at Memorial Hall Photo: Justin Townes Earle performs at Memorial Hall this Friday By Alan Sculley It’s no secret that as he grew up, Justin Townes Earle did not have an ideal relationship with his father alt-country/roots music artist Steve Earle. But there are benefits to being the son […]

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Country stardom fast-track

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Up-and-comer Jackie Lee at Oddbody’s Photo: Country singer, Jackie Lee, takes the stage at Oddbody’s this Friday By Lisa Bennett The early 1920s was an interesting time in American history. World War I was officially over, the country was becoming more urban than it was rural, and inventions like home refrigeration, penicillin, and radio were […]

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Blessid state of mind

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Blessid Union of Souls perform at Old Crow Bar in Middletown Photos: Blessid Union of Souls (l-r) Chris Arduser, David Lessing, Eliot Sloan, Brian Lovely, Dave Ramos By Scott Malan Eliot Sloan is a positive thinking, inspirational musician. When we begin our conversation over the phone, the lead singer and pianist for Blessid Union of Souls cannot […]

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From Piano Man to Rocket Man

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Michael Cavanaugh interprets ‘The Music of Elton John’ with Philharmonic at Schuster Photo: Michael Cavanaugh performs “The Music of Elton John”  this weekend By Tim Walker Elton John: when the history of popular music in the 20th century is written, few names will carry as much weight. With his evocative voice, shameless antics both onstage and […]

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Welcome to violence

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Over 20 years later, Buzzov-en returns to Dayton Photo: Vocalist and guiarist of Buzzov-en, Kirk Fisher By Gary Spencer It happens every so often that a musical entity somehow remains a thing despite what seem to be unsurmountable odds such as drug addiction, mental illness, homelessness, and pure bad luck. North Carolina sludge metal band […]

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Guitar and sitar

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Dawg Yawp starts national tour at home Photo: Guitarist Rob Keenan (left) and sitarist Tyler Randall (right) of Dawg Yawp play at The Old Yellow Cab Building this Friday By Gary Spencer Sometimes when you befriend someone, you end up becoming friends for life, even if you don’t know it at the time. That certainly seems […]

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Cosmic dancers

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The Claudettes return old school blues and a dash of punk to the Miami Valley Photo: The Claudettes (l-r) Matthew Torre, Johnny Iguana, Berit Ulseth, Zach Verdoorn By Tim Walker Punk rock piano-playing blues troubadour that he is, Johnny Iguana is also a very busy man, and therefore, one not always so easy to connect with. […]

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Sax appeal

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Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet interpret chamber music and more Photo: Project Fusion (l-r) Matt Evans, Matthew Amedio, Michael Sawzin, Dannel Espinoza, By Tim Smith   Music groups often have humble beginnings, from a bunch of guys jamming in a garage, to more formal settings. The Project Fusion saxophone quartet was formed when all four members were students at the […]

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Good vibrations

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Mike Love still loving Photo: The Beach Boys currently (l-r) John Cowsill, Brian Eichenberger, Scott Totten, Mike Love, Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, Bruce Johnson. Photo: Udo Spreitzenbarth By Alan Sculley Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love has released an autobiography that covers the long and, at times, tumultuous history of the group, not to mention more than […]

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Go funk yourself! 

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Krunk Town Boogie blends DIY flavor and funk at Oregon Express Krunk Town Boogie blends DIY flavor and funk at Oregon Express Photo: By Scott Malan By Scott Malan Dayton, Ohio has bred some of the most valuable funk acts in the genre’s history. Groups like Ohio Players, Zapp (and its offspring, Zapp Band or Zapp & Roger), and Slave paved the […]

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Cult of personality

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‘80s rockers Living Colour shake Oddbody’s Photo: Living Colour (l-r) Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun By Gary Spencer There are some guitar riffs that are so instantly recognizable that the second you hear them you know what song it is, whether that be “Smoke on the Water”, “Iron Man”, or “Smells Like […]

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The things that she is made of

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Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Dayton Mary Chapin Carpenter; photo: Aaron Farrington By Allyson Crawford Mary Chapin Carpenter is a different kind of songstress. She’s not so much straight country anymore but more so evolved in to her own lane. She’s a storyteller first and has a knack for creating melodies that highlight the ebb […]

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Here comes the (classical) BOOM!

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Black Violin live at Clark State’s Kuss Auditorium Wilner Baptiste and Kevin Sylvester of Black Violin; photo: Colin Brennan By Gary Spencer It’s rare when two seemingly disparate forms of music are mixed together for a singular musical expression, and even rarer when it’s done seamlessly. The latter is certainly the case for the duo […]

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Folk for the everyman

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Decades of stories in song with Arlo Guthrie at Memorial Hall Photo: Arlo Guthrie By L. Kent Wolgamott Arlo Guthrie has, of late, toured celebrating the music of his father, folk music legend Woody Guthrie; marked the anniversary of his 1967 classic album, Alice’s Restaurant,”in shows; and now, he’s playing shows that don’t have that […]

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A backyard party

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Joan Soriano brings Bachata to Dayton The duke of Bachata, Joan Soriano; photo: iASO records By Tim Smith Travel the world, and you’ll discover many variations on traditional native music. One such form is Bachata, which is defined as a hybrid of Latin American music with European, Indigenous, and African musical elements. It originated in […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]