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No parking on the dance floor

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. brings electro-pop to Cincinnati By Zach Rogers Photo: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will visit the 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati Feb. 14; photo: Frank Maddocks When you name your band after one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, you’re bound to get a few confused looks. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have overcome […]

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Dating a band from Dayton

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Fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival at Gilly’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Local alt-rock favorites Gathering Mercury will perform at the fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival at Gillly’s Feb. 14-15 The fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival will return this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-15 at Gilly’s. Boasting an impressive lineup that […]

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The science of noise

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Death metal legends Dark Tranquillity ready to reign in Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Dark Tranquility will perform on Feb. 11 at Skully’s Music Diner in Columbus; photo: Daniel Falk Some bands are content to rest on their past glories and achievements. For Swedish metal-ers Dark Tranquillity, resting on their name and reputation alone just ain’t how […]

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Give a little love

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Wild Cub introduces artfulness to dance jams By Tim Anderl Photo: Wild Cub performs on Feb. 10 at The Basement in Columbus; photo: Allister Ann Nashville, Tenn. band Wild Cub, led by songwriter/composer Keegan Dewitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock, delivers songs that transition seamlessly between electro-pop, cinematic and danceable new wave and groove with tropical rhythms. […]

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Nashville nostalgia

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Grace Adele and the Grand Band at Trolley Stop By Rusty Pate Photo: Grace Adele (right) and musical partner Keenan Wade (left) forged a fruitful musical relationship based on a deep love of classic country and vintage Americana sounds; photo: Kendra Krantz Anyone that has been to Nashville knows it is a town bursting at the […]

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Sleeping on the job

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Columbus’ Sleep Fleet record release at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Guitarist Corey Montgomery and Sleep Fleet celebrate the release of Hudson & High at Blind Bob’s on Feb. 1; photo: Megan Leigh Barnard Sleep Fleet’s upbeat brand of punk-tinged, crooning indie rock n’ roll tunes have developed among lineup changes and relocation. From their […]

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Different days

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Jason Isbell brings country/rock soul to Cincinnati By Zach Rogers Photo: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 3; photo: Michael Wilson 2013 was a great year for music, and nobody seems to be enjoying the fruits of their labor more than Jason Isbell. Since the release […]

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Fear, love, beauty and pain

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Black Angels bring psychedelic religion to Southgate House Revival By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Angels perform at Southgate House Revival on Feb. 7; photo: Alexandra ValentiOne trend I’ve noticed in the past few years is the resurgence of interest in music rooted in ’60s psychedelic rock. The annual Austin Psych Fest keeps getting larger each year, […]

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Leaving fingerprints

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Crooks on Tape steals hearts with pop mastery By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] John Schmersal, Joey Galvan and Rick Lee Crooks on Tape perform at Rockstar Pro Arena on Jan. 30 John Schmersal is perhaps best known to Dayton music aficionados and fans as one quarter of one of the Gem City’s most celebrated bands, […]

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That what is naught

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Stolen Babies merge heavy rock with heavy theater By Gary Spencer Photo: Cabaret/metal trio Stolen Babies will perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Jan. 26; photo: courtesy of Stolen Babies In the world of the performing arts, the mixing of heavy, guitar-based music and the artiness of theater seem to rarely cross paths. Sure, there are […]

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Ear to the tracks

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New music for the new year By Justin Kreitzer Here are three excellent new albums to get your new year started off with a bang! Ray Tarantino//Good Things Will Happen//Tiny Drum Records   Rising singer/songwriter Ray Tarantino will release his third album, Good Things Will Happen, via Tiny Drum Records in May, though it is available […]

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The best tick and woody cults

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New year – new albums By L. Kent Wolgamott Welcome to 2014, everyone! As we set out into the void of another year, let’s take a look at a few releases that you may have missed at the end of 2013. After all, it’s never too late to catch up to great music… Cults//Static//Columbia Records  […]

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These are the days

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Motel Beds celebrate LP release at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: The Motel Beds will celebrate their album release at the “Old” Yellow Cab Building on Jan. 18; photo: Bill Franz There are a lot of good – if not great – bands making remarkable music. However, what sets a good band apart from the […]

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Winter is coming

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Nashville’s The Winter Sounds return to the Trolley Stop By Rusty Pate Photo: Nashville indie quintet The Winter Sounds return to perform at The Trolley Stop on Jan. 18 The Winter Sounds have now spent the better part of a decade traveling all over the country, carrying their unique blend of pop-heavy hooks to the far […]

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Funky folk

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Tracy Walker at Peach’s in Yellow Springs By Rusty Pate Photo: Cincinnati- singer/songwriter Tracy Walker will perform at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs on Jan. 11 Tracy Walker has been at the forefront of the Cincinnati folk scene since cofounding the group Ain’t Helen in the mid-1990s. Since branching out on her own, she has […]

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When we paint our masterpiece

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WinterFolk Fest at the old Yellow Cab building By Rusty Pate Photo: The New Old-Fashioned will play WinterFolk Fest on Jan.11; photo: Jennifer Shelly Gregory A real passion and reverence rises in Harold Hensley’s voice when he speaks about the Dayton music scene. Hensley used to live in Lexington, Ky. He’s played shows in other […]

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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 […]