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Four new releases for sweater season By L. Kent Wolgamott and Alan Sculley Gary Clark Jr. // Live // Warner Bros. For several years now, Clark has been touted as the next great blues rocker – perhaps the one who will do what Stevie Ray Vaughan did before his untimely death and bring the blues […]

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Boyish girl, interrupted

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Tig Notaro at Taft Theatre By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Tig Notaro will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Oct. 24; photo: Ruthie Wyatt Comedian, writer and actress Tig Notaro has a way about her that sets a room at ease. She makes all the hard work look uncomplicated, no matter the […]

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The perfect art of chamber music

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Vanguard Concerts presents clarinetist Narek Arutyunian By Rick Eichhorn Photo: Narek Arutyunian will perform at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the DAI; photo: Christian Steiner When talking about all the work and effort that’s gone into more than 52 years of Vanguard Concerts, George W. Houk wants to make one thing perfectly clear: “It’s been […]

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Seize the day

Today is the Day to lay waste to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Today is the Day will perform at Oddbody’s Music Room on Oct. 24 Many bands have trouble staying together and relevant two years into their existence, let alone over 20. But that’s exactly what Nashville noisecore stalwarts Today is the Day have done […]

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A lesson in blues

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Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen at Canal Public House By Katie Christoff Photo: Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen will perform at Canal Public House on Oct. 24; photo: Peter Sloane   If Ted Drozdowski weren’t a musician, he’d probably be a teacher. The blues musician, who will play in Dayton on Friday, Oct. 24 with his band Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, […]

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Thy diabolical parade

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Dayton one-man metal project Enoonmai wields The Witches’ Hammer By Gary Spencer Photo: Jake Koch, one-man metal project Enoonmai   One-man black metal projects are hardly a new thing. Artists such as Burzum, Xasthur, Leviathan and countless others have chosen to eschew putting up with other band members and performing live in favor of concentrating on […]

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30 fingers + 3 guitars = wow in Troy

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Fingerstyle guitar event at Mayflower By CC Hutten Photo: Guitarist David Youngman will perform at Mayflower Artc Center as part of Six Strings x 3 On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Mayflower Arts Center will host Six Strings x 3, showcasing an intimate, acoustic performance by three passionate fingerstyle guitarists: Mark Bayer, Chris Weiss and David […]

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Meanwhile, in Portland…

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Ages and Ages at Cincinnati’s MOTR Pub By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Ages and Ages will perform on Oct. 18 at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati It sounds complex, with layers of harmonies wrapped around melodies and rhythms created by handclaps, shakers and noisemakers along with the standard lineup of guitars, bass and drums. But, for […]

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Southern comfort

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Brantley Gilbert in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Brantley Gilbert will perform at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on Oct. 9; photo: James Minchin III With a string of chart-topping country hits and a pair of hit albums under his belt, Brantley Gilbert has become a bona fide headliner in the genre. Stepping up to headlining […]

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The closest you’ll get

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John Pizzarelli does Sinatra and Cole at the Schuster By Rick Eichhorn Photo: John Pizzarelli [left] and his father, Bucky Growing up, John Pizzarelli’s father emphasized the importance of always being a consummate professional. Using sports analogies, his father would say things such as, “you always got to deliver the ball,” emphasizing it didn’t matter […]

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What’s a Hyrrokkin?

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Yellow Springs’ Hyrrokkin at Canal Public House By Katie Christoff Photo: Brett Nagafuchi, Edward Ricart and Paul Larkowski of Hyrrokkin; photo: Edward Ricart Avant-rock trio Hyrrokkin is all about contrast. And that’s no surprise, given its members’ backgrounds. The Yellow Springs-based band, playing at Canal Public House in Dayton on Friday, Oct. 10, comes from […]

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Carnival or carnage?

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Carnival of Death Tour stops at Oddbody’s By Allyson Crawford Photo: Internal Bleeding will perform as part of The Carnival of Death Tour on October 6   We’re quite satisfied with what we’ve seen our crowds do!” Suffocation bassist Derek Boyer excitedly told Dayton City Paper. “We love to see interaction while we are performing: sick […]

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As seen on TV

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The Great Sabatini is guest of honor at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r top] Sean and Joey, [l-r bottom] Rob and Steve of The Great Sabatini; photo: Big James Arsenian Roughly a year and a half ago, I walked into Blind Bob’s bar in the Oregon District on a random Sunday, not really […]

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Fiddlin’ around

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Quebe Sisters’ nostalgic fiddle music at Miami U Hamilton By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Quebe Sisters Band will perform at Miami University’s Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton on Sept. 27; photo: Bill Stipp When Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) went to a fiddle contest with her sisters Grace and Sophia at the county fair in 1998, she […]

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The bold and the beardless

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A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside from ZZ Top, probably no other music artist could cause more of a commotion by shaving a beard than Matisyahu. While ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill have not taken a razor to their […]

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Cinci’s big little music fest

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MidPoint Music Fest continues to expose emerging artists By CC Hutten Photo: Nashville’s Across Tundras will perform at The Drinkery Friday at 10 p.m. For 13 consecutive years, Cincinnatians have waited patiently for the last weekend in September for three days of discovering quality music and local cuisine – and to explore a thriving Cincinnati […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]