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VOICES exhibition at UD ArtStreet By Kyle Melton Photo: The VOICES exhibition is on display through April 25 at UD ArtStreet Studio D Gallery It’s difficult to imagine a time when rock n’ roll, jazz, disco, hip-hop and blues were not welcome in the American cultural mainstream. It’s true – all of these musical forms emerged […]

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Rider on the storm


Dead Rider bring spooky grooves back to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Dead Rider perform April 4 at Canal Public House; photo: Joe Sumrall   Once upon a time, in the mid ’90s, Dayton underground rock legends Brainiac were doing a show at the now-long-defunct Aardvark Ballroom. Before Dayton’s fab four took the stage, a band […]

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Not your grandparents’ chamber music

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Sybarite5 string quintet at UD By Sara Mastbaum Photo: [l to r] Louis Levitt, Sarah Whitney, Laura Metcalf, Sami Merdinian and Angela Picket of Sybarite5; photo: Braun & Tomlinson With their torn jeans and pouty photos filtered à la Instagram, Sybarite5 isn’t your average chamber ensemble. They rock with Mozart, roll with Radiohead and aren’t afraid […]

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Get a clue

DTCV has not-so-secret ties to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: DTCV will perform at Tree Bar in Columnus on April 2, and at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati on April 5; photo: Mike Postalakis French-American post-punk outfit DTCV (pronounced “Detective”) released their new album, Hilarious Heaven, via Xemu/Burger Records earlier this year. Though the band isn’t officially a […]

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Dark, dangerous, Danish


The Foreign Resort brings New Frontiers across the Atlantic By Zach Rogers Photo: The Foreign Resort will perform at South Park Tavern on March 21; photo: Morten Ryming In Denmark, the music of New Order and The Cure rings loud and clear. From the city of Copenhagen comes The Foreign Resort, a band that mixes post-punk […]

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From start-up to signed

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Neon Warship at Blind Bob’s By Allyson Crawford Photo: [l to r] Kevin Shindel, Matt Tackett and Jay Bird of Neon Warship; photo: Tim Anderl  “The band is kind of like my dream idea of what I want to do,” Neon Warship vocalist/guitarist Kevin Schindel told the Dayton City Paper. “I’ve always been in bands where […]

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Modern classicism

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MusicNOW festival goes orchestral at Cincinnati Music Hall By Kyle Melton Photo: Eighth Blackbird will perform Saturday, March 22 as part of MusicNOW 2014; photo: Luke Ratray In 2006, Bryce Dessner – of critically acclaimed indie outfit The National – perceived a disconnect in modern music. In his view, there were some incredible musical advances being […]

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Everybody freeze

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Silent Lions returns to Dayton with The Compartments By Zach Rogers Photo: Silent Lions performs at Blind Bob’s on March 16; photo: Doug Coombe In 2012, Toledo/Detroit-based duo Silent Lions released their debut EP, The Parliaments. Full of fuzzed-out bass, pounding rhythms and swirling, atmospheric singing, the group – consisting of bassist/vocalist/effects wizard Dean Tartaglia and […]

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Horrorcore pioneers Insane Clown Posse honor a fallen Gem City Juggalo By Tim Anderl Photo: Violent J [front] and Shaggy 2 Dope [back], also known as Insane Clown Posse; photo: Robert Nixon   In December 2013, Aaron Spencer left work early because he wasn’t feeling well. By the time he made it to the steps of […]

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Cedric Watson brings Louisiana noise to UD By Zach Rogers  Photo: Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole performs March 12 at UD’s Kennedy Union Boll Theatre; Photo by: Jack Hirschorn Zydeco.  At first glance, you might think that’s a typo. But no, it’s correct. Zydeco. Even though a lot of people don’t know what the word means, I’ll […]

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Swearing At Motorists brings mellow struggle back to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Dave Doughman of Swearing At Motorists; Photo: Remco Brinkhuis Dayton is an interesting place. It’s one of those odd cities  people seem to love to hate, yet when someone talks down on it, they’ll defend it wholeheartedly. It’s also curious in the respect […]

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He’ll play the blues for you


Sean Carney Band brings jazz-infused blues to Oregon Express By Rusty Pate Photo: Sean Carney, winner of the 2007 International Blues Challenge, performs at Oregon Express on March 7 From the hardcore purists who only listen to old 78 rpm Son House records, to the casual listener whose only experience with the genre stems from the […]

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Latin heat


Arturo Sandoval joins the Dayton Philharmonic for SuperPops By Rusty Pate Photo: Latin jazz legen Arturo Sandoval performs with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center In jazz circles, the trumpet holds a place of distinction. Just as the electric guitar defines rock music and the mandolin always […]

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Into the great wide open


The New Old-Fashioned celebrate new songs with local release shows By Zach Rogers The sound of the heartland is strong, powerful and generally a little rebellious. When you boil it down, it’s just passionate rock n’ roll. You might not associate a city like Dayton, Ohio, with this kind of sound, but time and time […]

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High water

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Amos Lee performs at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Amos Lee performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati March 7 Amos Lee has seen his career take a welcome step forward with his two most recent albums, 2011’s Mission Bell and his fifth studio album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, which was […]

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Have amps, will travel

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Ampline plugs in at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: [l to r] Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery; photo: Keith Klenowski The art of the power trio seems to have fallen by the wayside in rock music in the 21st century. There is a special kind of magic that presents itself when just one […]

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A homestyle home run


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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


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Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]