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Zac Brown Band heads to Dayton  By Sarah Sidlow   Zac Brown Band is coming to Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Thursday, Dec. 12. The three-time Grammy-winning southern septet is hauling out their entire repertoire, including cuts off their latest album Uncaged, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2012. […]

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Seasonal songstress

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Melissa Manchester performs with  Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  By C.C. Hutten   Photo: Melissa Manchester will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Dec. 6 In the midst of abundant pop operas across the nation during the holidays, Melissa Manchester’s Holiday Pop concerts at the Shuster Center on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, […]

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Jingle bell rock

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Nice and naughty Christmas songs that won’t drive you chestnuts  By Tim Anderl   With Thanksgiving just days away, I expect you’ve already been subjected to nearly a month of Christmas songs and holiday favorites. Year after year, in every grocery store, bank or coffee bar, we’re treated – whether we like it or not […]

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Werking through the holidays

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The Werks deliver annual tradition for Ohio fans  By Rusty Pate   Photo: The Werks will present their annual Werksgiving event at the Madison Theatre on Nov. 30 Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family come home and put their daily lives on hold to break bread. It is a moment for reflection about what’s […]

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Phrase and fable

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Dark Backward CD release at Oregon Express  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Local artpunk quartet Dark Backward release their new album at Oregon Express Nov. 30 Dark Backward know their music and they know Dayton. Made up of guitarists Eric Purtle and Jeff Brelsford, bassist Max Nye and drummer Jim Ingram, the quartet are all scene […]

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Starman lands In Dayton

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The Second Coming of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at Gilly’s By Benjamin Smith  Photo: JJ Parkey leads the Spiders from Mars as Ziggy Stardust at Gilly’s on Nov. 23; photo: Tracy Mallott It’s probably safe to say that, musically speaking, Dayton would not be considered a “postmodern” city. (Some critics might not even […]

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Shake the house

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Rockstar Pro Arena delivers touring punk and metal to Dayton  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Boston quintet Ramming Speed make their first appearance at Rockstar Pro Arena on Nov. 24 It’s sometimes easy to be dismissive about the lack of national, and even international, touring original music that comes to the Gem City. While the modern […]

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Isn’t he Lovely?

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Dayton bros reunite to rock Blind Bob’s  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Lovely bring their Dayton-bred post-rock sound to Blind Bob’s on Friday, Nov. 15; photo: Amanda Sanborn While there is certainly something to be said for discovering a new group of musical comrades and the pleasant surprises that come with making music with a new […]

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The glow of last season

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New albums for a fall spin By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott  Photo: Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star returns after a 17-year hiatus with Seasons of Your Day   The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting long. Seems like a perfect time to huddle up next to the playback device of your […]

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Make a soulful noise

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India.Arie at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati By Deon Jefferson   Photo: India.Arie will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Nov. 19 in support of her latest album, SongVersation; photo: Randee St. Nicholas Today’s music industry is filled with many diverse artists. There are only a few who stand out amongst a sea of […]

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Violence has arrived

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Gwar ready to battle at Bogart’s By Gary Spencer  Photo: Gwar brings their “bloodiest, sickest disaster” to Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Nov. 7 According to legend, a small group of violent, hate-fueled alien beasts known as the Scumdogs of the Universe once terrorized a galaxy far, far away millions of years ago. But the Scumdogs eventually […]

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Vibes high, message mighty

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Taj Weekes delivers reggae activism at Boll Theatre By C.C. Hutten Photo: Reggae musician/social activist Taj Weekes brings his music and message to the University of Dayton on Nov. 14 The University of Dayton and Cityfolk partnership is merging entertainment and education with World Rhythms Conert: Reggae Activist Taj Weekes on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 […]

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Gem City son

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Dayton native Lou Barlow re-launches Sebadoh, plays Columbus By Leo DeLuca   Photo: Sebadoh will perform in Columbus on Nov. 14; [l to r] Bob D’Amico, Jason Lowenstein and Lou Barlow Dayton-born Lou Barlow – founding member of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. – plays Thursday, Nov. 14 at The Basement in Columbus, Ohio. Lou will be […]

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Upon a tidal wave of young blood

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Daikaiju surf into Dayton with vicious attitude By Zach Rogers   Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of some remote tropical island that no one has ever heard of, lives Daikaiju – a group of masked musical avengers that play high-energy surf and punk rock, and do so with a kind of life […]

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Make life pop!

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Kris n. releases The Thankful Parade  By Leo DeLuca  Photo: Kris n. will release The Thankful Parade at Canal Street Tavern on Nov. 1; photo: Nikki Stargel Dayton pop band Kris n. will release their new album The Thankful Parade Friday, Nov. 1 at Canal Street Tavern. Joining the revelry will be Motel Beds, Hospital Garden […]

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Just what the doctor ordered

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Dr. Dog to play Newport Music Hall in Columbus By Justin Kreitzer  Photo: Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog perform in support of their new album, B-Room, at Newport Music Hall in Columbus on Thursday, Nov. 7; Photo: Nicky Devine Earlier this month, Philadelphia-based retro-rockers Dr. Dog released their excellent new album, B-Room, via ANTI- Records to great praise. […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]