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It was over twenty years ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. My wife and I were living in the old Samu Apartments building in the Oregon District above Sloopy’s bar—and I mean directly above Sloopy’s; the noise from the bar shook our pictures off the walls on a regular basis. One […]

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Soaking up good tunes

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Spungewurthy has graced the Dayton scene since 2001, playing the coolest tunes from rap, rock, country and dance to the dancefloor delight of participating patrons. Members have put time in other acts, bringing a wealth of history and experience to the group including Northside Tribe, Festive Skeletons, Funky G and Mad Hatter.

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No two tunes alike

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Genre is boring. Rock, punk, indie, hardcore: I’ve never been a big fan of labels, whether in films, books, music, or art. Artists should be inspired and daring, driven to go wherever their dangerous dreams take them without concern for their audience’s comfort or the demands of the marketplace. Labels and categories, in my opinion, […]

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Knight wields a mighty axe at Taffy’s

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Django Knight is a young man with an old soul. “I just turned 24,” Knight told me in a recent interview. He has a great attitude, a great talent, and a great story, so I’m just going to get out of the way and let him tell it. “My singing background extends really far back […]

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A Utopia for Todd Rundgren fans

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Good things come to those who wait, as the popular expression goes, and if that’s the case, then fans of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia have certainly earned the right to expect a show filled with good things on May 10.

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A Voice of Your Own sings out

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Dayton Indie Rock Party at Oscar’s showcases DIY bands A Voice of Your Own (L-R) Tyler Conley, Johnny McConnell, James Crabtree, Levi Short, and Matt Mihalus. Photo: Brandy Wallace. By Tim Walker For many of us, the music we listen to is too often taken for granted. We turn on the radio or open up […]

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Still shining the light

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Oak Ridge Boys’ country harmonies at BMI Speedway The Boys: (L-R) Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban By Alan Sculley Over the past decade, few acts in music have been any more prolific than the Oak Ridge Boys. In addition to performing 150-plus shows each year, the vocal quartet has released […]

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The sound of the new Americans

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Dayton Philharmonic celebrates Bernstein Centennial at Schuster Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Jessica Hung By Pat Suarez Leonard Bernstein had to have been thinking, “Wow…” when, in 1947, Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins approached Bernstein and writer Arthur Laurents about adapting Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for the stage. Hmmm… The most enduring play of all time in […]

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Hell on Highway 75

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Justin Moore tour heats up Troy’s Hobart Arena White-hat outlaw Justin Moore kinda doesn’t care. By Alan Sculley Justin Moore was not one of those people who grew up dreaming about having a career in music, where he’d make albums and tour around the country. “I had no desire to do this for a living,” […]

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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 “pop” songs, including her self-penned “Wonderland.” By Sarah Monroe There are many things that get better with age: delicious wine, smooth whiskey, tasty cheese and the ethereal voice of Jackie Evancho. She astounded audiences worldwide […]

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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, Scott Forney, and Bill Dixon. Not pictured: Kainan Shank. By Tim Walker Mention the Dayton music scene to most people, and two things may come to mind: lo-fi and funk. And with this area having […]

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Better the devil you know

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Brantley Gilbert raises a little hell at Nutter Center Brantley Gilbert brings the country-fried devil to his fans. By Alan Sculley One thing country star Brantley Gilbert promises when he releases a new album is he’s not going to throw fans of his earlier albums for a loop. “I want to avoid the situation where […]

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World-class bluegrass

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Songs from the Road Band at Peach’s (L-R) Mark Schimick, Ryan Cavanaugh, Charles R. Humphrey III, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender of the Songs from the Road Band. By Katie Fender The popular bluegrass ensemble, Songs from the Road Band, are making a stop at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs, and anyone with a taste […]

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Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, and Mike Emmons. Photo: Jennifer Taylor By Mike Ritchie Evil Eye Gypsy has been around for almost a decade, taking stage-filling form in 2010, playing their first gig in 2012. For three years, member-wise they […]

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No Fuel like an old Fuel

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90s alt-rockers Fuel and Sponge team up to rock BMI Speedway Fuel frontman Brett Scallions leaving it all on the stage. By Justin Kreitzer Nostalgia for the 90s is in full effect at BMI Speedway this weekend with hard-rocking alternative bands Fuel and Sponge set to bring their hits to the stage in Versailles on […]

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The Israeli invasion

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Marbin’s jazz fusion sounds at Trolley Marbin (L-R) Dani Rabin, Blake Jiracek, Danny Markovitch, and Jon Nadel. By Katie Fender The Israeli jazz fusion group Marbin is one of those bands everyone wants to be the first to discover. Marbin creates a unique type of music that when someone hears it they think, I need […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]