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Buffalo Killers perform at Dayton Music Fest kickoff event By Tim Anderl Photo: [l-r] Zach Gabbard, Sven Kahns, Joseph Sebaali and Andy Gabbard of Buffalo Killers On May 13, ever evolving Cincinnati rock ‘n’ roll group Buffalo Killers release its most straightforward rock album to date, Heavy Reverie. Armed with the trademark harmonies of brothers Andy […]

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Only human

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VNV Nation goes Transnational with new album and tour By Gary Spencer Photo: Ronan Harris [above] and Mark Jackson, also known as VNV Nation, perform at the Taft Theatre on April 29; photo: Franz Schepers Over the years, industrial music, electronic dance music and electronic music have been stereotyped as impersonal, devoid of soul and emotion. In […]

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Busy music

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Dayton’s Zuel to rage upon Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Zuel perofm at Blind Bob’s on April 25; photo: Tom Wilson Since 2009, Zuel has been bringing their brand of thick, intricate metal to headbangers hungry for something different. Though broadly describable simply as metal, this umbrella term does not do the group justice, as […]

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Damn the man!

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Celebrate Record Store Day 2014 By Kyle Melton You walk into your local record store. You’re browsing through the racks of vinyl, listening to the music playing over the speakers. It’s an album you’ve never heard before, so you ask the guy or girl behind the counter, “Who is this?” Next thing you know, you’re […]

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Jamming as one

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Jahman Brahman brings flaws and all to Dayton By Rusty Pate Photo: Jahman Brahman will play Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on April 17 Live music is a powerful medium. Virtually every other form of art separates the audience from the artist. Film and stage productions have the “fourth wall.” Painters and sculptors usually work behind closed doors […]

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Slight of hand

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Christopher Wright and his Parlour Tricks By Tim Anderl Photo: C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks perform at Blind Bob’s April 19 Margaret Thatcher once said, “I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it should get you […]

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The art of pulling

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Elsinore bring new album PUSH/PULL to Dayton By Zach Rogers Elsinore perform on April 12 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Oliver Peng After a decade of making music and rediscovering both their sound and stability in the process, it finally looks like the members of Champaign, Ill.-based Elsinore have achieved a near-perfect state of balance and […]

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Let’s do the mind warp again

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Gazer to melt faces during Dayton stop By Tim Anderl Photo: Gazer perform on April 11 at Hole in the Wall; photo: Paul Schroder If you weren’t knee deep in the sweaty indie action during the cacophonous and fearsome ’90s, it is probably hard to understand the sheer majestic, and ear-bleed inducing, volume and fury conjured by […]

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Dove-tongued aggressor

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Wino’s Spirit Caravan journeys to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Drummer Henry Vasquez of Spirit Caravan Some things just can’t stay dead and gone, especially great music. Music geeks, in particular, like to dig up treasures of the past, hoping to unlock some amazing sounds from the past and rediscover the magic that was created once […]

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The Wrestlemania of music

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Heavyweights Iron Chic visit Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Iron Chic perform on April 4 at Blind Bob’s Bar; photo: Nicole Guglielmo Iron Chic’s long-awaited sophomore full-length album, The Constant One, ups the band’s ante, boasting nearly 40 minutes of their heartfelt, signature melodic punk with big buildups, warm harmonies and gripping climaxes. The band tackles […]

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I heart the ’80s

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Quiet Riot feels the noize at BMI Speedway By Allyson Crawford Photo: Quiet Riot performs on April 5 at BMI Speedway in Versailles No, it’s not 1986 again, but the upcoming tours this spring and summer may have you believing otherwise. Motley Crüe will head out on their final tour. KISS and Def Leppard will pair […]

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Spring cleaning

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New sounds to freshen your collection By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Beck, Morning Phase Beck // Morning Phase // Capitol // Virgin EMI Beck’s first new album in six years is a deliberate step backward – to 2002’s Sea Change. A quiet, shimmering acoustic-rooted record, Morning Phase was performed by the same core group […]

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Sing it out

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VOICES exhibition at UD ArtStreet By Kyle Melton Photo: The VOICES exhibition is on display through April 25 at UD ArtStreet Studio D Gallery It’s difficult to imagine a time when rock n’ roll, jazz, disco, hip-hop and blues were not welcome in the American cultural mainstream. It’s true – all of these musical forms emerged […]

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Rider on the storm

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Dead Rider bring spooky grooves back to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Dead Rider perform April 4 at Canal Public House; photo: Joe Sumrall   Once upon a time, in the mid ’90s, Dayton underground rock legends Brainiac were doing a show at the now-long-defunct Aardvark Ballroom. Before Dayton’s fab four took the stage, a band […]

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Get a clue

DTCV has not-so-secret ties to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: DTCV will perform at Tree Bar in Columnus on April 2, and at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati on April 5; photo: Mike Postalakis French-American post-punk outfit DTCV (pronounced “Detective”) released their new album, Hilarious Heaven, via Xemu/Burger Records earlier this year. Though the band isn’t officially a […]

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Not your grandparents’ chamber music

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Sybarite5 string quintet at UD By Sara Mastbaum Photo: [l to r] Louis Levitt, Sarah Whitney, Laura Metcalf, Sami Merdinian and Angela Picket of Sybarite5; photo: Braun & Tomlinson With their torn jeans and pouty photos filtered à la Instagram, Sybarite5 isn’t your average chamber ensemble. They rock with Mozart, roll with Radiohead and aren’t afraid […]

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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 […]