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  New releases to cure the winter doldrums By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Sleater-Kinney // No Cities to Love // Sub Pop     Ten years after going on hiatus, Sleater-Kinney has delivered one of its best records ever with No Cities to Love. With the oddly-tuned dual guitars of singer/guitarists Corin Tucker […]

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Funk soul brothers

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The Floozies funk up Oddbody’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Floozies will perform on Feb. 25 at Oddbody’s The Floozies play a unique blend of old school funk combined with EDM stylings. Made up of producer Matt Hill on guitar and brother Mark Hill on drums, the band just released its most recent album, Do […]

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Anti-valentine’s day massacre

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Therapy Café hosts Blackheart’s Ball By Gary Spencer Photo: The Blackheart’s Ball is the brainchild of Curse of Cassandra, who will perform Friday at Therapy Café; photo: Alien Twilight Valentine’s Day is a “holiday” people either love or detest – there isn’t much room in between. And if you fall in the latter category, chances […]

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Send me on my way

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Rusted Root takes the stage at Oddbody’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Rusted Root will perform at Oddbody’s on Feb. 13 The organic, earthy sounds of Rusted Root have been soothing listeners’ ears for 25 years. Best known for their 1996 song “Send Me On My Way,” the band, whose songs are often a fusion of […]

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Rock is Dead

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Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra is worth the trip By Alan Sculley Photo: Dark Star Orchestra will perform on Feb. 14 at the Madison Theater in Covington, Ky.;photo: Suzy Perler Few bands in rock history have had a more loyal and devoted audience than the Grateful Dead. The “Deadheads,” as they are famously […]

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Agony and ecstasy

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Sleepy Kitty bring grimy garage pop sounds to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Evan Sult and Paige Brubeck of Sleepy Kitty will perform Feb. 6 at Blind Bob’s It seems within the past decade, two person bands have become hip with American indie rock fans. Bands like The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Japandroids […]

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Solo Toad

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Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips at Canal by Rusty Pate Photo: Glen Phillips will perform on Feb. 5 at Canal Public House Glen Phillips has been at this life a long, long time. He was just 16 in 1986 when a little band called Toad the Wet Sprocket formed. Five years later, their breakout […]

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(Still) modern day cowboys

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Tesla rocks Hobart Arena By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Brian Wheat, Tesla bassist, performs at an outdoor festival “We’re headed across the country to tour until the end of September,” exploded Tesla frontman Jeff Keith. “We’re really excited!” The band, best known for ’80s rock hits like “Love Song” and “Modern Day Cowboy” will play […]

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Hear them roar

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Troy’s Miss May I headlines in Cincinnati By Tim Anderl Photo: Troy’s Miss May I will perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Feb. 4; photo: Travis Shinn For a young man, just years into his 20s, former Dayton native Levi Benton has a lot on his shoulders. Not only is he facing some of his […]

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Madman across the water

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Dayton Philharmonic, Jeans ‘n Classics celebrate Elton John By Rick Eichhorn Photo: Jeans ‘n Classics Founder/Owner Peter Brennan To be sure, Jeans ‘n Classics is definitely not a tribute band. What they are is a crazy concoction of more than 30 members, who understand orchestra culture, that pull out all the stops when teaming up […]

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The rock that will save us all

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Red Hot Rebellion’s “mission” to save the world By Gary Spencer Photo: Red Hot Rebellion will perform at Blind Bob’s on Jan. 31 Contemporary punk rock could be seen as a very limited music genre – there are certain expectations of what punk bands can do musically and otherwise, which seems ironic given the original […]

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Kind of blue

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Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ at Cincinnati’s Taft Theater By Rusty Pate Photo: Keb’ Mo’ will perform on Jan. 29 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati Since his 1994 self-titled debut, Kevin Moore has been viewed as a sort of harbinger of the seemingly continuous roots blues revival. While the larger blues community is littered with all […]

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A country outlaw

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Dallas Moore Band at Riff Raff Tavern By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Dallas Moore Band will perform on Jan. 24 at Riff Raff Tavern; photo: Jenna Danielle Moore The outlaw country musician Dallas Moore had a busy 2014. “Between my solo shows and the full band tour dates, I hit 321 nights in 2014, which […]

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What’s on your mind?

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Nashville blues rock trio Simo play Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Bassist Frank Swart of Simo will perform with the band on Jan. 23 at Blind Bob’s Simo is a Nashville-based blues rock power trio led by the fancy fretwork of guitar wizard J.D. Simo and rounded out by the roaring rhythm section of […]

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If it’s dope, it’s dope

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Obelo brings hip-hop to Peach’s in Yellow Springs By Rusty Pate Photo: Obelo will perform on Jan. 24 at Peach’s Bar & Grill I’m sitting in the Peach’s parking lot as the temperature approaches negative digits. Even though I’m in a car with the heat cranked, I’m starting to lose feeling in my toes. It’s […]

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Stay calm, rock on

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Tim Pritchard and The Boxcar Suite deliver at Blind Bob’s By Tim Anderl Photo: The Boxcar Suite, Across the Vast & Deep; artwork: Brian Caviness Tim Pritchard and The Boxcar Suite, a group that consists of studied and accomplished musicians who’ve long been staples of the Dayton musical landscape, play thoughtful rock ‘n’ roll. Their […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

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, […]