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Vales beyond dimension

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Agalloch escapes the weight of darkness By Gary Spencer Photo: Agalloch will perform June 22 at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky.; photo: Veleda Thorsson It doesn’t happen often enough, but once in a blue moon a musical artist emerges that transcends their respective genre and becomes something greater than simply another metal band. One such […]

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Beyond the forest

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Cincinnati’s Valdrin brings black metal tales to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Valdrin will perform on June 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Mike Gfreorer Amid the blastbeats, crushing guitar chords and the grunts and growls one usually associates with the subgenres making up modern “extreme” metal, there is often more than meets the bleeding ear. […]

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Bring on the heavy

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Swarm at Canal Public House By Allyson Crawford Photo: Swarm will perform on June 14 at Canal Public House “We jump around and have a good time, but we’re definitely serious about the music we’re playing,” Scott Bodine of Swarm told Dayton City Paper. “It’s a good live show and we sound just like the record.” […]

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Are you there, Dayton?

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The Judy Blooms at Jimmie’s Ladder By Brandon Semler Photo: Jake Giesige and Angel Allende of The Judy Blooms; photo: Kristen Swiat After relocating from Dayton to Brooklyn and cycling through several band members, Jake Giesige thinks he has finally found a winning combination with his indie two-piece, The Judy Blooms. He will get the opportunity […]

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You can’t corral this pony

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Detroit’s Electric Six plays Southgate House Revival By Leo DeLuca Photo: Electric Six perform on June 6 at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky. “Detroit has always been a fantastic place to be an artist or a musician because of the economic ruin,” said Dick Valentine, the front-man and founder of Electric Six, a Motor City-based […]

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Catching the light

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Scotland’s Chvrches bring synthpop tides to Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Chvrches will perform on June 10 at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus; photo: Elliot Hazel Although I’m primarily a fan of heavy, guitar based music, I must admit I have a soft spot for really well done, catchy synthpop – synthpop that’s primarily of 1980s […]

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Mississippi drinkin’

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John the Conqueror bring the crossroads to Canal Public House By Zach Rogers Photo: John the Conqueror will perform on June 12 at Canal Public House; photo: Cinthya Vong Fresh off of two solid full-length albums in only three years, Philadelphia rockers John the Conqueror have found a sound that combines vintage blues with a harder […]

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The rhythm of the night

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Man Forever brings percussion prowess to Ohio By Tim Anderl While drumming out rhythms may sound like a simple practice, when performed by John Colpitts of Man Forever (and Kid Millions and Oneida), it initiates a journey that results in sophisticated compositions that delight even the most astute fans of experimental music. For instance, Colpitts […]

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Folkin’ rock ‘n’ roll!

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Cincinnati’s Frontier Folk Nebraska comes to Canal Public House By Rusty Pate Photo: Michael Hensley, Travis Talbert, Steven Oder and Nathan Wagner of Frontier Folk Nebraska Rock ‘n’ roll has become such a bastardized term. While modern culture has absorbed it, allowing any hack to don leather pants, grab a Gibson Flying V and flash a […]

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Monkeying around

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The Monkees come to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: The Monkees will perform on June 6 at PNC Pavilion; photo: Larry Marano/Getty ImagesHere they come again. For the third time in as many years, TV’s first rock ‘n’ roll band, The Monkees, are taking their act back on tour – just in time for the warm […]

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Dead in person

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Lucha-rockers Team Void live album release at Canal Public House By Gary Spencer Photo: Team Void performs on May 24 at Canal Public House; photo: Richard Brown Some Dayton rock ‘n’ roll fans think Team Void is a five-piece band whose musicians live and breathe here in the Gem City, just like everybody else. However, you […]

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The hills are alive …

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Nelsonville Music Festival celebrates 10 years By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dinosaur Jr. will perform at this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival; photo: Brantley Gutierrez Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, a two-hour drive from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) celebrates its 10th anniversary with Dinosaur Jr., The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Shovels & Rope, Motel […]

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Getting down for good

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Gem City Get Down’s charity dance party By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Andy “Feo” Espino “gets down” at Blind Bob’s; photo: Carol Watson Everybody knows Dayton is a city that loves a good party; but what if I told you there is a hip-hop dance party, complete with the requisite DJs and breakdancers, you could really feel […]

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The great rock ‘n’ roll festival

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Columbus’ Rock on the Range is worth the trip By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Label Society will perform at this year’s Rock on the Range; photo: Justin Reich Some 60 years after the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music, there seems to be more musical categories and subgenres than there are strains of the common cold. In […]

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Your May playlist

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Four Spring releases to sink your teeth into By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records   The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records The War on Drugs delivers enveloping ambient Heartland rock on its third superb album, Lost in the Dream. […]

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What doesn’t kill you …

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Indie-rapper Grieves flexes muscle with Winter & The Wolve By Tim Anderl Photo: Grieves will perform in Cincinnati on May 21, and in Columbus on May 22; photo: Jenavieve Belair Seattle rapper Benjamin Laub, aka Grieves, recently returned to deliver his fourth studio album, Winter & The Wolves, on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Originally emerging in 2007, his independently […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]