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Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass!

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Canoegrass returns for a second year of tomfoolery  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Canoegrass will take place Aug. 15-17 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City If you’re a fan of live music, you’ll pretty much go anywhere to see a cool band. Well, how about on a river? No, I mean literally, like the […]

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Mysterious ways

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The Mitchells are the enigmatic whole of unlikely parts By Tim Anderl Photo: The Mitchells will perform on Aug. 16 at South Park Tavern; photo: Jared Bowers Cincinnati’s The Mitchells are a bit of an enigma. Tempering experience with classical performance and a history of performing in some of the region’s most celebrated independent rock bands […]

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Getting steamy

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Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret does it again By Gary Spencer Photo: The Bronwen Belly Dance Troupe performs at Ye Old Yellow Cabaret I; photo: Joe Mays Some subcultures are on the fringe; others are so underground the majority of the public isn’t aware they exist. That seems to be the case when the subculture in question […]

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I smell a Brat

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Brat Curse deliver hooky, memorable rock By Tim Anderl Photo: Brat Curse will perform on Aug. 29 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Kelsey Cahoon Columbus, Ohio indie rock trio Brat Curse came together by chance. They stay together by sharing their significant (and perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek) interests: drinking, “Terminator 2,” Tecmo Bowl, swimming pools, smoking bowls, […]

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Whiskey fueled, hell bent

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The Loveless bring sinner’s rockabilly to South Park By Gary Spencer Photo: The Loveless will perform on Aug. 8 at South Park Tavern On Twitter, Dayton rock ‘n’ rollers The Loveless bill themselves as “whiskey fueled” and “hell bent.” I couldn’t think of a better introduction to this contemporary psychobilly band that calls the Gem City […]

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When Getting Is Giving

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Annual outdoor Miami Valley Music Fest By Tim Anderl Photo: The sisters of Jah Soul perform at the 2013 Miami Valley Music Fest; photo: J. Allen Laack On the first weekend in August, organizers and volunteers from the Miami Valley Music Fest provide a weekend of music and camping for concertgoers from around the area and […]

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Cliffs of Cinci

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Eric Johnson takes on Taft Theatre By Brandon Semler Photo: Eric Johnson will perform on Aug. 5 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati World-renowned guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson will hit the road on a U.S. tour in support of his most recent live album Europe Live, stopping by Cincinnati’s Taft Theater on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The […]

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A swift kick in the Astro Fang

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Dayton rockers reunite for two shows By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Astro Fang will perform on Aug. 1 at Hole in the Wall; photo: Jordan Frei Anyone who has been involved in the downtown Dayton underground music community will surely remember Astro Fang with great fondness. The band, whose founding members – Brian Baker, Christian Roerig […]

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Teamwerk makes the dream werk

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Werk Out Festival returns to Legend Valley  By Zach Rogers  Photo: The 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival will take place Aug. 7-9 at Legend Valley Music Center For a festival only in its fifth year, the 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival is returning like a titan champ. Having already outgrown its original […]

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All the same

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Australia’s Sick Puppies ready to connect with Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Sick Puppies will perform June 25 at JD Legend’s; photo: Myriam Santon It is somewhat unusual the Miami Valley gets an internationally touring band on its musical calendar in any given year. But that rarity will become the case this Friday, when Australian hard […]

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Triumphant returns

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The Gunshy delivers Silent Songs to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Matt Arbogast, known as The Gunshy, will perform on July 23 at Canal Public House For his first proper full-length in several years, Chicago’s Matt Arbogast, who performs under the moniker The Gunshy, assembled a robust cast of collaborators and pulled out all the stops […]

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Play in the sun again

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The Dreadful Yawns at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Ben Gmetro, Clayton Heuer and Rick Spitalsky of the Dreadful Yawns; photo: Kurt Curtis Ben Gmetro’s calloused fingers rest atop a rickety table. The fingernails on his right-hand are carefully grown-out, long and lopsided with the left – it’s a utilitarian move; the Dreadful Yawns frontman […]

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Kick out the jams

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Road warriors Ekoostik Hookah return to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 By Rusty Pate Photo: Ekoostik Hookah will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 18 Ekoostik Hookah has become an institution on the Ohio live music scene. Formed in 1991 and weathering more lineup changes than most bands could handle, Hookah has built a following the old fashioned […]

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Holy hell!

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Sam at Eleven releases sophomore album at Oregon Express By Zach Rogers  Photo: Sam at Eleven guitarist/vocalist Jeff Rudolph; photo: Bobby Leonard Rising from the ashes of pop-punkers HQAX (pronounced “hoax”), Sam at Eleven came out in 2011 with their debut album, The Year We Won. Throughout the release, the trio – which consists of guitarist/vocalist […]

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Full moon, good times

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Chicago’s Mount Salem to haunt Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Mount Salem will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 20 Dear readers, let me ask you a question: do you like bluesy, heavy, spooky music that you can headbang to? Do you like ’60s-styled heavy metal that evokes visions of cloaked witches and warlocks gathered […]

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Not in it for the money

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Dweezil keeps Zappa legacy alive By Gary Spencer Photo: Zappa Plays Zappa will perform July 12 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati   A lot of second generation musicians have had to wrestle with the shadow of their famous parents’ musical legacies. Then there’s guitarist and bandleader Dweezil Zappa. The son of Frank Zappa, a man who many […]

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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 […]