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Happy Accidents

Water Liars Make No Mistake with Stunning Debut By Tim Anderl Some of music’s greatest achievements are happy accidents.  The right musicians, in the right place at a time when the planets and melodies align in a way that produces soul-singing, is destined to tickle the ears and hearts of listeners.  Recorded on a whim, […]

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Absinthe Junk Goes Down Just Fine

Open Your Mind, Put This Band in Your Cocktail By Nick Schwab If music is alchemy, then why should one regress? It’s a simple but mind-boggling answer. Musical devolution or streamlining a common sound gets you fame and fortune. Progression often gets head scratching or falls on deaf ears. However, at least those who progress reveal […]

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Prior Pop-Rockers Get Angry

Cloud Nothings’ Attack On Memory, Rife with Anger and Uncertainty By Nick Schwab When sifting through Cloud Nothings’ catalogue, remember to tread softly, because you might be treading on the times of your lost years. Call it the Wonder Years, call it Step By Step, call it My So Called Life, call it what you will, […]

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Strange Waves

New Albums for a New Season Benjamin Smith Let me tell you something, Daytonians: spring is overrated. Sure, I like the idea of rebirth as much as the next guy, but this season is also synonymous with violence, crap weather and terrible fashion. Spring is the lunatic you screw before having a fling with the […]

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The Show Must Go On

Signs of Life Pay Tribute to Music of Pink Floyd By Kyle Melton In the pantheon of rock n’ roll’s iconic acts, few cast a shadow as long as British psychedelic pioneers Pink Floyd. Under the direction of Cambridge schoolmates Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gimour, Pink Floyd charted a musical course that stands […]

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Sinéad O’Connor

How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?   By Jason Webber With the release of the wonderfully raw and confessional album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, Sinéad O’Connor proves that tearing up a picture of the Pope back in ’90 was just a small sample of her chutzpah. It’s […]

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Abertooth Lincoln: Friends, Forever

Every “Tunesday” at South Park Tavern for their NTRO/XPO Residency By W. C. Ruffnel Abertooth Lincoln is a band about the town. If you open any local newspaper, chances are you’ve seen them or read about them. The reasoning behind this: they’re fucking great. They’re also really nice dudes as well, which also lends itself […]

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They Will Rock You

Dayton Philharmonic Teams with Londoners to Perform Queen By Tim Anderl Imagine you are in England’s Wembley Stadium in 1986.  The roar of the crowd gives way to the monstrous sound of thousands of feet and hands stomping and clapping in unison: stomp, stomp, clap, stomp, stomp, clap … In a performance sure to ignite […]

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Secret Codes

Cincinnati’s The Minor Leagues Celebrate Release of North College Hill By Kyle Melton For about a decade, The Minor Leagues have brought their ambitious brand of indie pop to audiences in and around Cincinnati. Led by original members Ben Walpole and Patrick Helmes, their current 7-piece outfit is an eclectic group that employs dense pop […]

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Ready For The End

Doomsday Preppers in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1 You just can’t argue with faith. Be it faith in a person’s religion, faith in the Cleveland Browns or faith in a belief that civilization as […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]