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Killing it

Pop punk perfectionists State Champs By Tim Anderl Albany, N.Y.’s State Champs are perhaps one of the best and brightest up-and-comers from the latest generation of suburban kids churning out punk inspired pop music. But their sound is bigger and more refined than your average mall punks, because they’re “killing it” every second they’re in […]

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Young, loud, but not snotty

PUBLIC brings upbeat vibes to South Park Tavern  By Zach Rogers One minute, you’re playing in a battle of the bands competition at a local bar. The next you’re making phone calls, getting in the studio and expanding your sound in ways you never thought possible. Such is the story of PUBLIC, a young band […]

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The Devil in the details

Dayton bands discuss their recent releases By Tim Anderl While the bond between fan and band is forged in the music that is burned to CD, pressed to wax, offered digitally or performed in a live setting, a musician or band is married to their music from conception through birth. What many casual listeners overlook […]

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Rock n’ roll’s got soul

Dan Raridan & the Calientes rock South Park Tavern  By Zach Rogers Rock n’ roll and Dayton are two things that go hand in hand. From what I’ve seen and heard, it’s been that way for a while. Maybe that’s why Dan Raridan just won’t let go of his love for Dayton and the music […]

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Impish robots, dark stars, flying horsemen and wonderful toys

Four albums you have to buy or die By Benjamin Smith Hell is holiday shopping. Oh, how I loathe the upcoming exercises in self-induced anxiety and advertising-induced excess. Purchase or perish! For me, it’s bad enough that I don’t know what to buy people anymore; worse still is the fact that I don’t know if […]

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I’m keeping the beat

Motel Beds drummer Ian Kaplan discusses new album By W.C. Ruffnel The Motel Beds actively and negatively reinforce the opposite of several altruistic truths pertaining to rock n’ roll. The first of these is that rock n’ roll is a young man’s game – all pushing past their mid-thirties, the Motel Beds are comprised of […]

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Heroes and villains

Action Camp serves up sunshine and darkness on one electronic platter By Zach Rogers Action Camp constantly contradicts labels and genres. One minute they sound like some sort of futuristic, electronic surf band, the next there’s a sludgy guitar riff that pushes the sunshine right out the door. In the end, it creates a distinct […]

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Their way and the highway

Detroit’s Koffin Kats bring non-stop psychobilly tour to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer There’s an ages-old saying that suggests there is “no rest for the wicked.” If that adage is indeed true, Detroit punk-gone-psychobilly trio Koffin Kats must truly be evil. Formed nearly a decade ago in the Motor City by upright bass guitarist and […]

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The end of the tunnel

Riley discuss suicide in their EP series By Nick Schwab The saying goes: “Oh, to be young again.” Children have it so easy. They don’t yet realize that the mirthful and sunny side of life has a depressing underbelly. It works in music, too. Certain music can be likened to one’s carefree childhood, as it […]

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Quiet noise

Six Organs of Admittance bring beautiful obscurity to Ohio By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Christopher Altenburg of MonsterFresh.com The music of Six Organs of Admittance, the name given to the noisy psych-folk project of Ben Chasny, is airy, melodic and ear-biting all at the same time. It leaps out of the speakers, wrapping itself around […]

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Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our […]

30 feet of Abe

Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a […]

The Docket: 6/23

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee Subtlety is an art Dayton Police were monitoring a […]

Chew on this: 6/23

Breakfast (lunch and dinner) for bed By Jayne Powers Whether or not certain foods possess the power to spice up […]

News of the weird: 06/23

 By Chuck Shepherd Living Small Apartment buyers in ridiculously expensive Hong Kong are now eagerly paying up to the equivalent […]

Chew on this: 06/16

Protein and your bones By Jayne Powers Learning what people eat can be great food for thought. When presenting information […]