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Omaha’s Drake’s Hotel Hits Blind Bob’s By W.C. Ruffnel Some motherfuckers got drums. Some got a wife and a drum machine. This is true for Chris Y. of Drake’s Hotel, a band that is composed of his wife, Amy Drake, and some machines that create the rhythmic backbone to their shoe-gayz tunes & tune drops.  […]

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Therapeutic Jazz

Dave Koz delivers his elixir at Fraze By Alan Sculley Perhaps more than ever, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz sees his concerts – and the entertainment they provide – as playing a vital role in the larger lives of his audience. Like most people in the music industry, he has watched the concert industry struggle recently […]

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God Bless Us…

Ohio bands deliver badass tunes for everyone! By Tim Anderl When the editors at Dayton City Paper requested that I review some albums for this issue, inclusion of my input was contingent on including a review of a release by an Ohio band.  “Bah humbug,” I thought.  Why would this squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, […]

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Open Wounds

Miss May I show ‘Heart’ to Warped Tour By Tim Anderl In 2008, a group of high school friends from Troy, whose loftiest goals went no further than playing cover songs after a day of skateboarding, found themselves with a growing local fan base and management by The Devil Wears Prada’s Chris Ruby.  Three months […]

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Expressway to Dayton

The Midnight Ghost Train spread gospel of stoner blues By W.C. Rufnel The Midnight Ghost Train are no strangers to touring. In the past five years, this heavy-as-fuck-stoner-blues goliathon has completed 13 tours of the United States and 2 in Europe. Talk about effort – I can’t even get out of bed to take a […]

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Garden’s ready, prepare to dance…

Dayton’s Garden Station hot spot for EDM By Wu W.A.N.G. New to Dayton and looking for the underground, electronic dance music scene? Currently, local DJs, along with promoters and fans of the music, host a weekly event on Sunday at Garden Station, located at 504 E. Fourth Street in Dayton. The unique open-air green space/park […]

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All Good Time, All Good Fun

All Good Festival comes to Ohio in its 16th year By Nick Schwab The sweltering Ohio summer is in the air–one of the hottest on record, in fact– the girls are in bikinis and this is the time of the season for lovin’. It is also that time for us neo-hippies and music enthusiasts to […]

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Back to the Future

Dead Leaf Echo conjure nouveau new wave for next generation By Tim Anderl Incorporating elements of ambient, dream-pop, shoegaze and a buttload of other genres, New York’s Dead Leaf Echo run the gamut of underground aural possibilities to produce blossoming, genre-bending music that has left them at the forefront of NYC’s art-rock scene.  Working with […]

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The Finnish Lines

Saara Markkanen brings folk from her part of the world to Dayton By Tim Anderl Already earning comparisons to folk heavies like Joni Mitchell, Finnish folk singer/songwriter Saara Markkanen plays and sings songs that are short stories about hope and wonder.  However, for listeners with American ears who don’t share her native tongue, her exact […]

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Playing in the Band

Tribute Bands Keep the Music Alive By Rusty Pate The band members take their places on stage and quickly tune up. A smattering of plucked notes and random drum beats melts into the fan favorite “China Cat Sunflower.” Throughout the crowd, hippies bop and twirl as a thick haze of smoke begins to rise. The […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]