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Don’t call it a comeback

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LL Cool J headlines ‘Kings of the Mic’ tour at Riverbend By Alan Sculley Photo: LL Cool J returns with new album Authenticand will appear with the Kings of the Mic tour at Riverbend on June 27 It’s been five years since LL Cool J has released an album – an eternity in the hip-hop world, […]

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Going solo

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Dayton metal veteran King Stench unveils new album By Gary Spencer Photo: King Stench brings new album Ungod to Hank’s Pub on July 13 Lots of bands have circulated in the Dayton underground over the years, but very few of those bands and musicians stand the test of time across a single decade, let alone multiples. […]

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Won’t you take me to Funkytown?

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Jah Soul brings a refreshing sound to Dayton  By Deon Jefferson Editor’s note: Jah Soul’s performance on June 15 was originally scheduled to take place at J-Alan’s, which recently closed. We would like to thank J-Alan’s for providing an eclectic, enthusiastic home for Dayton musicians over the years. What do you get when you combine […]

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Stronger For It

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Janiva Magness transformed by rhythm and blues By Tim Anderl Photo: Janiva Magness will perform on June 14 at Canal Street Tavern; photo credit: Peter Wochniak With more than three decades in the music business, American blues and soul singer/songwriter Janiva Magness is a stellar and studied entertainer who has emerged as one of the premier […]

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Gotta have Sister Faith

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Coliseum celebrates 10 years with new album and tour By Zach Rogers Photo: Coliseum [l to r] Kayhan Vaziri, Carter Wilson and Ryan Patterson; Photo credit: Nick Thieneman The Beatles broke up after 10 years together, but so what? This means nothing to Coliseum, a punk band from the punkiest of places, Louisville, Ky. Having just […]

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Ear to the tracks

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New albums to start off summer By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Fourth of July; photo credit: Nick Krug Artist: Fourth Of July // Album: Empty Moon // Label:  High Dive Records // Release Date: April 9, 2013  In April, Kansas-based band Fourth Of July released Empty Moon,their third album and debut for new K.C.-based label High Dive […]

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Transatlanticism

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This Is Thunder’s overseas collaboration yields ambitious debut By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Nopse [aka Marc Navoizat] and Jen Schnade of This is Thunder This Is Thunder grew out of a transatlantic bond and concrete desire to create together in spite of geographical boundaries. It takes a certain unity of vision to make a […]

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Dynamic duo

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Japandroids put the ‘wham, pow, bam’ in indie rock By Tim Anderl Photo: Japandroids play Columbus June 12 [l to r] Brian King and Dave Prowse; photo credit: Leigh Righton It is nearly impossible to fathom that the sound generated by two-piece Canadian rock phenomenon Japandroids isn’t the result of a much larger powerhouse sextet or […]

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Lords of light

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Torche blaze path for melodic metal By Tim Anderl Photo: Torche brings their melodic metal to Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Monday, June 3; Photo credit: Gary Copeland For the better part of the past decade, Miami, Fla. outfit Torche has emerged a triumphant and powerful quartet responsible for pioneering their own brand of groovy, melodic […]

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Great things come in little packages

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sami.the.great at Ghostlight Coffeehouse By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sami.the.Great will perform at Ghostlight Coffeehouse on June 2; photo credit: Laura Crosta Brooklyn-based musician Sami Akbari, who also records and performs under the moniker sami.the.great, is currently on tour in support of her excellent self-titled debut album released in early 2012 by Bold Love Records. […]

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The big parade

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Denver’s The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati June 2; photo credit: Scarlet Page In 2009, Stelth Ulvang was one of dozens of Denver musicians who got a message from a New Jersey duo that was moving to Colorado and looking for contacts and […]

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The music never stopped

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Dark Star Jubilee honors Grateful Dead  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Dark Star Orchestra headlines Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley May 24-26 Deadheads unite! This year the second annual Dark Star Jubilee music festival is taking place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, and as any Deadhead will tell you, Legend Valley is a magical musical […]

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About a Mover

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Hospital Garden celebrates release of third album By Gary Spencer Photo: Chicago trio Hospital Garden bring their new album Moverto Blind Bob’s on May 26; [l to r] Erik Rasmussen, Sarah Carey and Lucas Hollow  There seems to be a slogan going around the Gem City for probably decades now. It’s something to the effect of “people […]

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The hills are alive!

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Nelsonville Music Festival returns By Leo DeLuca photo: Wilco headlines at Nelsonville Music Festival the weekend of May 30-June 2; photo credit: Austin Nelson Located a mere two hours from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) heads into its ninth year with a phenomenal lineup featuring Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Mavis Staples, Jonathan Richman and many […]

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Homegrown heroes

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The Story Changes celebrate release of Static and Trembling  By Zach Rogers Photo: [l to r] Mark McMillon and Christopher “Poppy” Lee of The Story Changes will celebrate the release of their new album, Static and Trembling,at Blind Bob’s on May 18 How much noise can two people make? How loud can it get? And most […]

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Hear our Satan prayer

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Mysterious Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. invades Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Swedish metal outfit Ghost B.C. will perform on May 19 at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus; photo credit: Ester Segarra Subversion and influence of the masses via popular music is hardly a new thing, whether by design or just uninformed opinions […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]