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Teamwerk makes the dream werk

Werk Out Festival returns to Legend Valley  By Zach Rogers  Photo: The 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival will take place Aug. 7-9 at Legend Valley Music Center For a festival only in its fifth year, the 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival is returning like a titan champ. Having already outgrown its original […]

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All the same

Australia’s Sick Puppies ready to connect with Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Sick Puppies will perform June 25 at JD Legend’s; photo: Myriam Santon It is somewhat unusual the Miami Valley gets an internationally touring band on its musical calendar in any given year. But that rarity will become the case this Friday, when Australian hard […]

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Triumphant returns

The Gunshy delivers Silent Songs to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Matt Arbogast, known as The Gunshy, will perform on July 23 at Canal Public House For his first proper full-length in several years, Chicago’s Matt Arbogast, who performs under the moniker The Gunshy, assembled a robust cast of collaborators and pulled out all the stops […]

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Play in the sun again

The Dreadful Yawns at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Ben Gmetro, Clayton Heuer and Rick Spitalsky of the Dreadful Yawns; photo: Kurt Curtis Ben Gmetro’s calloused fingers rest atop a rickety table. The fingernails on his right-hand are carefully grown-out, long and lopsided with the left – it’s a utilitarian move; the Dreadful Yawns frontman […]

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Kick out the jams

Road warriors Ekoostik Hookah return to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 By Rusty Pate Photo: Ekoostik Hookah will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 18 Ekoostik Hookah has become an institution on the Ohio live music scene. Formed in 1991 and weathering more lineup changes than most bands could handle, Hookah has built a following the old fashioned […]

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Holy hell!

Sam at Eleven releases sophomore album at Oregon Express By Zach Rogers  Photo: Sam at Eleven guitarist/vocalist Jeff Rudolph; photo: Bobby Leonard Rising from the ashes of pop-punkers HQAX (pronounced “hoax”), Sam at Eleven came out in 2011 with their debut album, The Year We Won. Throughout the release, the trio – which consists of guitarist/vocalist […]

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Full moon, good times

Chicago’s Mount Salem to haunt Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Mount Salem will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 20 Dear readers, let me ask you a question: do you like bluesy, heavy, spooky music that you can headbang to? Do you like ’60s-styled heavy metal that evokes visions of cloaked witches and warlocks gathered […]

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Not in it for the money

Dweezil keeps Zappa legacy alive By Gary Spencer Photo: Zappa Plays Zappa will perform July 12 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati   A lot of second generation musicians have had to wrestle with the shadow of their famous parents’ musical legacies. Then there’s guitarist and bandleader Dweezil Zappa. The son of Frank Zappa, a man who many […]

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This band could save your life

Beebs and her Money Makers return to Ohio on Warped Tour By Tim Anderl Photo: Beebs and her Money Makers will perform at the Vans Warped Tour on July 16 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati; photo: Keith Betterley Orlando, Fla.’s Beebs And Her Money Makers began their summer-long stint on the Vans Warped Tour in […]

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Ohio creativity, post-Internet

Dayton native Keith Rankin and Giant Claw at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Album artwork for “Free Willy Style” by Keith Rankin Keith Rankin is multi-talented. The Dayton native plays in both the sound collage project Giant Claw and the electronic duo Cream Juice, runs experimental label Orange Milk Records, creates visual art and composes […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]