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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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Science and synapse

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William the Accountant returns to Dayton  By Zach Rogers   Photo: William the Accountant plays Blind Bob’s on Jan. 10; photo: Illume Photography and Design “An honest name, an honest job.” With that, William the Accountant set off to make music that combines a multitude of different genres. From rock, funk and jazz to ska, […]

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The Wonderful Wizard of WOO

Bernie Worrell Orchestra brings funky magic to Gem City  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Funk legend Bernie Worrell brings the Bernie Worrell Orchestra to the Venue on Third on Dec. 28; photo: Brian Diescher Once upon a time, in this kingdom, two great and powerful wizards shared a meal. One wizard turned to the other during […]

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Holi-back!

HoliDayton rock party returns to Blind Bob’s  By Gary Spencer   Photo: [l to r] Poppy and Mark McMillon of The Story Changes bring HoliDayton to Blind Bob’s Dec. 28 The city of Dayton seems to have a lot of yearly traditions that have almost become like sacred rites for those that love to party in […]

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Hell of a ride

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New Year’s Eve with Saving Abel at McGuffy’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Saving Abel perform at McGuffy’s on New Year’s Eve; photo: Davo/MusicMediaGroup The end of the year means one thing: party time. New Year’s Eve equals parties all over town, but what if you want some live music with your reveling? Mississippi rock outfit […]

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Madness like magic

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mr. Gnome returns to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer  Photo: Cleveland duo mr. Gnome brings its musical magic back to Blind Bob’s on Dec. 20; [l to r] Nicole and Sam Meister; photo: mr. Gnome Some people believe there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. The feeling seems to be mutual between […]

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Ear to the tracks

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Late blooming albums for your year end lists  By: Justin Kreitzer   Well, 2013 is nearly over and as far as music goes it was an absolutely incredible year, with top notch releases from indie rock mainstays such as Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Daft Punk and Okkervil River taking most of the headlines. Before you […]

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Getting loud – going green

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Papadosio brings Earth Night back to Columbus  By Zach Rogers   Photo: Papadosio’s Earth Night brings music and green ideas together; Photo: Brian Hockensmith This time last year, the world was in a bit of a hubbub. The focus was centered on a particular date: Dec. 21, 2012. For many, it meant the end of the world, […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]