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A Rasta monster

The Dayton Reggae Festival is a celebration of music and art By Benjamin Dale Few can resist the inexorable pull of reggae. The sheer joy and exuberance conveyed via smooth, offbeat drumming and rollicking basslines remain an unrivaled concoction for good vibes, mon. Originating in 1960s Jamaica, reggae took cues from the Caribbean styles of […]

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Guided by Vices

The best of 2011 so far By Christopher Schutte There are any number of things that make being a music critic a pretty good gig (my parents are so proud). First and foremost, you get to listen to virtually everything that’s released and you don’t have to pay for it. You also get “press” access […]

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Let me see you smile

Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson comes to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer It’s no secret that America’s rich musical traditions continue serve as fertile material from which countless artists continue to draw. For Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson, most of his life has been spent mining American music and drawing inspiration for his own music. For fans of […]

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Found another way

Cincinnati’s the Chocolate Horse celebrates release of Beasts By Kyle Melton When starting new construction, it’s typically wise to start simple. Select a single element, refine it, then begin the process of addition until finally arriving at a fully-realized artistic statement. For Cincinnati sextet the Chocolate Horse, this process took nearly a decade. This weekend […]

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Drawing the blinds

Blind Bob’s celebrates its third anniversary By Benjamin Dale & W.C. Ruffnel Many people these days leave Dayton in search of a better life, but others stay and create a better life here. For Nate Mendenhall, general manager of Blind Bob’s bar in the Oregon District, leaving was never an option. Blind Bob’s, for the […]

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Front Row: Surfer Blood, Boots Electric and Cake

Surfer Blood, Boots Electric and Cake LC Pavilion, Columbus Somehow every time I go to Columbus, hassles overtake my plans and usually ruin my day. The same thing happens in Cincinnati because all roads seem to lead to Over-The-Rhine and the accompanying unwelcome advances from streetwalkers. I digress. On Friday, August 12, I packed myself […]

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This eagle’s not bald

Josh Eagle and his Harvest City vultures By Benjamin Dale These days, in the relentless media climate of categorization, endless genre creation and labeling that often deadens music before the first listen, it is difficult to transcend judgment to be perceived as truly unique. “If I must call it something, I call it Americana Soul,” […]

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The return of Walter Trout

The ‘World’s Greatest Rock Guitarist’ comes to Gilly’s By Khalid Moss If you have a hankering for high-energy rock ‘n’ roll without having to mortgage your house to purchase tickets, it doesn’t get any better than an evening with California soul man, Walter Trout. Trout, who will be making a return appearance to Gilly’s nightclub […]

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Digging a little deeper

My Morning Jacket performs at PNC Pavilion in support of Circuital By Alan Sculley My Morning Jacket has always had the same goal going into each of its six albums – don’t repeat what the band did on its previous CD. “You want every record to be a different experience for us and hopefully for […]

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Cyclops Fest pre-party: Front Row, 8/16/11

Monster of a party at Blind Bob’s August 19 In preparation for the first-ever Cyclops Fest in Yellow Springs September 17, Blind Bob’s will play host for a preview party at 9 p.m. Friday, August 19, and, you guessed it, it’s monster-themed. Come dressed as your favorite ogre or “become the monster” at Cyclops’ do-it-yourself […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]