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The Mantras Are the Sound of Meditating

Canal Street Tavern Will Present the Band’s Sense of Positive Enlightenment By Nick Schwab The modus operandi of The Mantras according to guitarist Keith Allen is for people to “feel like anything is possible. That there is hope in the world and like they can do anything.”  Then he continues about the feeling that the […]

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Run Down the Day

Cincinnati’s The Seedy Seeds Return to South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Joy. Pure, unbridled joy. The pursuit of this ideal lies at the core of The Seedy Seeds’ aesthetic. Hailing from Cincinnati, the trio brings an impassioned sense of wonder and bliss to each and every performance which, if allowed, can cause uncontrollable gyrating […]

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Strange waves

New releases worth a listen By Benjamin Smith 2012 has ushered in many new things, including this column about new (or relatively new) music. Critics might say that Dayton needs another music column like it needs another economic downturn or weird bar, and perhaps they would be right. But I’ll try to provide at least […]

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For those resolved to rock, we salute you!

Anticipated albums of 2012 By Tim Anderl The January 3 Dayton City Paper cover story on Guided By Voices announced that the Gem City is leading the pack of new musical releases for 2012.  If the Dayton boys haven’t already set the bar too high, music fans won’t be disappointed by a year of music […]

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An evening with the Trash

New local band invades at South Park Tavern By W.C. Ruffnel The Trash arrived at my apartment around 9:30 p.m. This is more or less when they said they would pick me up; I had asked lead-singer (and fellow DCP writer) Ben Dale if meeting at a bar and having a few drinks would be […]

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Spin It: Yule Be Sorry EP

Henrique Couto/Legend of Flannel Bear Yule Be Sorry EP Sometimes, you can tell all you need to know from looking at an album cover. Like, for instance, this one. Take a long, hard look at this album cover. Seriously – it’s right here. If you consider yourself the kind of person who would look at […]

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Front Row: Holidayton review

Holidayton review Friday, December 23 at Blind Bob’s C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks were tricked out I was at Holidayton, and I was drinking. I was pleased with the onslaught of musicians, but yet the best thing perhaps happened towards the end of the night. Several gentlemen appeared on the side stage (in all actuality a […]

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Fun and games

Playfully Yours

Playfully Yours don’t ever want to hurt you, rather they aim to excite By Nick Schwab When writing arts articles, the intention of the piece should always be to bring the heart of the subject out in the interview. Rather than filling the interview with factual information that is bound to get only clichéd answers […]

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Good deal

Kelley Deal looks back on 2011 By Kyle Melton Hibernation isn’t always a bad thing. After a five-year silence since their previous album, Title TK, Dayton-based twins Kelley and Kim Deal emerged once again in 2008 with their internationally renowned outfit the Breeders and a new album, Mountain Battles. The following year, Kelley issued a […]

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The Best Records of 2011

A look back at who made the cut this year in music By Christopher Schutte For a year that included the near-biblical plague of blackbirds dropping from the sky, Arab dictators falling like dominoes, catastrophic economic collapses and Bengal tigers roaming the streets of Zanesville, music didn’t fare too badly by comparison. Don’t get me […]

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International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]

Meet the artist

Abby Rose Maurer on lines, light and the movement of drunk people By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Abby Rose Maurer in […]

Addressing dress

Decked Out! explores culture through costume and adornment By Susan Byrnes Photo: Visitors to the Experiencenter look through a zoetrope, which […]