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Mad River Railroad stops at RiverScape MetroPark Photo: Mad River Railroad’s (l-r) Dave Finster, Pat Carine, Gary Ridgeway, Nora Denning, Dave Younkin By Matt Clevenger Overlooking the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton, RiverScape MetroPark seems like an ideal venue for bluegrass act Mad River Railroad. The band played there once before, in 2015, and […]

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Dare you to groove

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Lifehouse and Switchfoot join forces at Rose Music Center Photo: Lifehouse’s (l-r) Steve Stout, Jason Wade, Bryce Soderberg, and Ricky Woolstenhulme, Jr. By Justin Kreitzer Alternative rock band Lifehouse, led by singer-songwriter Jason Wade, emerged in the post-grunge era in the year 2000 with their still-inescapable hit, “Hanging By A Moment.” With their radio-friendly melodic […]

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Folk fixture

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Gordon Lightfoot stamps his success at Fraze At 78, Gordon Lightfoot still plays about 70 shows a year, with one at Fraze July 31; photo: Carl Dunn By L. Kent Wolgamott Musicians can win all kinds of awards. But few find themselves on a stamp, one of the highest honors a nation can bestow on […]

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Mommy’s little mobster

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Social Distortion shakes down Columbus and Cincinnati Social Distortion’s Mike Ness (second from left) sheds some light on the band photo: Danny Clinch By Matt Clevenger With a career spanning four decades and two gold records under their belt, Social Distortion has seen it all, enduring as one of the best-selling punk rock bands of […]

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Such sort-of great heights

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Such sort-of great heights Wax nostalgic, new with Lake Street Dive at Riverbend (l-r) Lake Street Dive’s Mike Calabrese, Rachel Price, Bridget Kearney, and Mike Olson photo: Danny Clinch By Gary Spencer Every once in a while, a band comes around that takes familiar musical sounds and presents them in a way that is personable and […]

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Jam band keeps rockin’ the blues

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Jam band keeps rockin’ the blues Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to Rose Music Center Derek Trucks and the Tedeschi Trucks Band return to Dayton July 22; photo: Stuart Levine By Tim Walker Derek Trucks is back on tour, and he couldn’t be happier. The Jacksonville native spoke with the Dayton City Paper recently from his […]

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Back to roots

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12th-annual Miami Valley Music Festival camps out in Troy Photo: J. Allen Laack By Matt Clevenger More than 30 well-known bands and artists take over the Eagles’ campground in Troy this weekend, as the Miami Valley Music Festival returns for its 12th year providing “a good time for a good cause.” Shrug, Kelly Zullo, the […]

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Elvis is still king

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Elvis Costello & the Imposters tour through ‘Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers’ at Fraze Elvis Costello & the Imposters pump it up at Fraze Pavilion July 18; photo: James O’Mara By Gary Spencer Elvis Costello is widely considered one of the most prolific, accomplished and celebrated songwriters and recording artists of all time. The British […]

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Something Warped this way comes

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Warped tour continues twisting to Cincinnati Photo: Attila plays at Riverbend Music Center July 19, part of this year’s Warped tour lineup By Alan Sculley It was early afternoon during the opening week of this year’s Warped tour when tour founder and organizer Kevin Lyman called in for an interview to discuss all things Warped. […]

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‘The impossible kid’

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Aesop Rock raps his life fables in Cincinnati Photo: Ian Bavitz, who performs under the moniker Aesop Rock, takes on Cincy July 16; photo: Ben Colen By Alan Sculley As Aesop Rock tours behind his latest album, The Impossible Kid, he realizes, as a rapper who is now 40 years old, he doesn’t have much company […]

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Maximum impact

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Downlink and Dieselboy drop the bass, up the tempo at Masque Drum and bass veteran Damian Higgins, Dieselboy, drops at Masque July 7; photo: Key Vision Photography By Gary Spencer For several years now, the duo of Tony DeSaro and Billy Dickensheets, better known collectively as 3DMentional Entertainment (3DM), has gone out of its way […]

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This is Steve

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Experience Delicate Steve at 2nd Yellow Springs SpringsFest Delicate Steve headlines SpringsFest at 8 p.m. July 8; photo: Guy Eppel By Justin Kreitzer In only its second year, SpringsFest is already taking off. The laidback festival, held Saturday, July 8 on the lawn of the John Bryan Community Center in Yellow Springs, is produced by […]

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Not forgettin’ or forgotten

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Michael McDonald croons his way to Fraze Michael McDonald performs at Fraze Pavilion July 12; photo: Timothy White By Alan Sculley As Michael McDonald gets set to tour this summer and release Wide Open, his first album of new original material in 17 years in September, he is getting a boost of exposure through what […]

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Lights, bubbles, angels

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Corey Feldman and the Angels go 4 it at Oddbody’s Corey Feldman promises the unexpected at his live show with the angels; photo: Maggie St. Thomas By Gary Spencer Prior to September 2016, not many people had Corey Feldman on their contemporary pop culture radar. The former child actor and star of ’80s hit films […]

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Gravity-defying ’grass

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The Infamous Stringdusters travel on to Cincy Infamous Stringdusters’ (l-r) Travis Book, Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, and Jeremy Garrett; photo: Scott McCormick By Alan Sculley Coming off of a 2016 album, Ladies & Gentlemen, that was a bit of a musical detour, The Infamous Stringdusters knew it was time to re-establish what the […]

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Awakening music 

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit bring ‘Nashville Sound’ to Rose (l-r) Jimbo Hart, Derry deBorja, Sadler Vaden, Jason Isbell, and Chad Gamble; photo: Danny Clinch By Dave Gil de Rubio Life is clearly good for Jason Isbell. Since embracing sobriety five years ago, his career has seen an upward trajectory with a string of […]

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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 […]