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When Particles Collide duo at Jimmie’s By Justin Kreitzer When Particles Collide is a garage-rock duo that calls Bangor, Maine, their home and who epitomize the DIY attitude of indie rock with their relentless touring schedule. Husband and wife, vocalist/guitarist Sasha Alcott and drummer Chris Viner formed the band in 2010. They have since released […]

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Outstanding Warrant

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Metal stalwarts promise ‘Louder Harder Faster’ at BMI Raceway Warrant wants YOU! (L-R) Joey Allen, Jerry Dixon, Robert Mason, Erik Turner, and Steve Sweet By Allyson B. Crawford A lot of people might be surprised to learn that Warrant released an acclaimed new album in May of 2017. For folks that equate Warrant with late […]

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Going Forward with Dark Backward

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Playing good art at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Dark Backward (L-R) Patrick Berry, Eric Purtle, Jim Ingram, Jeff Brelsford, and Jeff Vahldie. By Mike Ritchie  |  Photo by Corn Photography The five-piece Dayton-based Dark Backward have long-standing ties to the Los Angeles scene and almost two decades in the local scene. Named after a movie as […]

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Fun with a K!

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Sons of F.U.N.K. at Middletown’s Old Crow Bar As hype man or behind the kit, Rico Lewis lives for fun(k) By Allyson B. Crawford “Funk is freedom!” Sons of F.U.N.K. bandleader and hype-man Rico Lewis tells the Dayton City Paper. Lewis sat behind the drum kit with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic for 15 years. He’s […]

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That down-home sound

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Young Heirlooms sing their stories at Peach’s in Yellow Springs Young Heirlooms (L-R) Kyle Elkins, Laura Bock, Kelly Fine, Chris Alley, Christopher Robinson, and Steve Hauke. By Tim Walker | Photos by Gary McBride Why does art exist? To expand our consciousness and to touch our souls, you might say. To educate or instruct, to […]

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Back to Ohio

The Joe Policastro Trio Perform at Chicago's Fulton Street Collective. Band members include Joe Policastro on Bass, Dave Miller on Guitar, and Mikel Avery playing Drums.

Joe Policastro Trio at Spinoza’s The Joe Policastro Trio Perform at Chicago’s Fulton Street Collective. Band members include Joe Policastro on Bass, Dave Miller on Guitar, and Mikel Avery playing Drums. By Gary Spencer There seems to be some strange, magnetic pull on people from Ohio who relocate to other parts of the country—they always […]

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Sisterly love

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Shelby Lynne with Allison Moorer at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall Singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne By Dave Gil de Rubio Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Alice Walker once asked if solace was any more comforting than that in the arms of a sister. If there is any doubt that this is the case, look no further than the […]

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Cricketbows distilled

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Duo Wells & Watson’s psychedelic sounds at CVG’s Listing Loon Wells and Watson duo, Aarika Watson and Chad Wells, of Cricketbows to play at the Listing Loon in Cincinnati. By Tim Walker  |  Photos By Michael Morris According to ancient tradition, shamans are defined as people who are regarded as having access to, and influence […]

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On The Cutting EDGE

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DPAA Program Reaches Out To New Audiences EDGE performers Thomas Sobieski (violin), Kim Trout (viola), Christina Coletta (cello), and Leslie Stratton (harp—not pictured) perform in Yellow Springs By Tim Smith The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance continually strives to introduce their various organizations to a wider audience. One of their newest programs is called EDGE, and […]

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A-stompin’ and a-strummin’

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Scott H. Bira-m raises a ruckus in Newport Scott H. Biram bills himself a “Dirty Old One Man Band” By L. Kent Wolgamott Scott H. Biram plays electric guitar and stomps away on a board while he’s singing his songs for a reason that has nothing to do with precisely what he is playing. Rather, […]

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Celt of personality

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Scythian infuses traditional Irish music with new enthusiasm and energy Danylo Fedoryka on Accordion. Photo: Danielle Lussier By Dr. Jill Summerville Once, when you were a child, you stood on the side of a hill with your arms straight out at your sides, your fingers stretching out so far you swore you could’ve touched a […]

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Mayor of Bluesville

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Doug Hart Band blueses Trolley Stop Doug Hart controlling his stratocaster By Tim Smith I’m continually amazed at the wealth of musical talent in the Dayton area. Some bands have a solid local following, but many have found fame outside of their comfort zone. One such example is the Doug Hart Band. They’ll be appearing […]

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Trust the treatment

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The Johnson Treatment draws on Dayton’s musical roots The Johnson Treatment (L-R) Huston Brice, Jelani Stokes, Danielle Tripp, Tory James, and Evan Fiehrer. Photo: Glenna Jennings By Joey Ferber Thinking Dayton Music scene? Think the Johnson Treatment. The Dayton-based band is a multi-faceted ensemble of talented instrumentalists who congruently move through genres in a single […]

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Home is where the heart lives

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Adam Torres returns home from worldwide tour (L-R) Dailey Toliver (bass), Adam Torres (guitar/vocal) and Thor Harris (drums).    By Tara Pettit Wanderlust, international adventure, and the opportunity to take on “wide open space” recently sent Athens-based and beloved singer-songwriter Adam Torres abroad to discover new geographies and landscapes while connecting audiences to the more […]

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Play that damn guitar

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Jay Jesse Johnson Band will perform at the Dublin Pub Jay Jesse Johnson playing that damn guitar. Photo: Ed Sawicki By Tim Smith It’s been said that sometimes you have to leave home to find your true calling. Indiana-born blues guitarist and singer, Jay Jesse Johnson is living proof of that adage. His band will […]

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On a mission from God…

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Gospel Superfest at Schuster Center to be broadcast nationwide Gospel Superfest host Wendy Raquel-Robinson By Matt Clevenger History is in the making downtown, as the Schuster Center prepares for its first appearance on live national television on Saturday, February 10, hosting the Gospel Superfest program during its first time filming in Dayton. “This is the […]

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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 […]