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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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FA-MI-LY

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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Zyde-what???

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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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Homecoming

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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

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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

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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

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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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He’s with the band

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Into It. Over It. brings full band to Columbus By Tim Anderl Photo: Evan Weiss brings Into it. Over It to The Basement in Columbus on Feb. 27; photo: Shervin Lainez Intersections, the latest album from Into It. Over It., builds on an impressive catalog spanning multiple albums and EPs delivered by prolific Chicago-based songwriter Evan […]

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Melody and the futuristic crescendo

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The Receiver brings fresh sounds to Blind Bob’s By Zach Rogers Photo: Bassist/vocalist Casey Cooper of The Receiver; the band performs at Blind Bob’s on Feb. 22 For The Receiver, a band from Columbus, Ohio, made up of brothers Casey and Jesse Cooper, 2014 couldn’t come quickly enough. After various snags and bumps in the road, […]

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The Brothers are back in town!

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Smug Brothers reunite with two new releases By Leo DeLuca Photo: Smug Brothers release their new album at South Park Tavern on Feb. 22; photo: Jordan Frei Smug Brothers celebrate the release of their new album On the Way to the Punchline, Saturday, Feb. 22. The all-ages show takes place at South Park Tavern. Human Cannonball, […]

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Roads to pretty metal

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Deafheaven brings critically-acclaimed wall of sound to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: Deafheaven performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 19 If you spent any time scouring the year end Best of 2013 lists of both critics and fans, you’ve probably heard of the band Deafheaven. Their sophomore full-length record, Sunbather, was an instant […]

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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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Plugged In

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]