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I pledge allegiance

Washington D.C.’s These United States march into Canal Street Tavern By Benjamin Dale It’s an interesting thing to watch when a band verges on the border between obscurity and fame, between struggling to make it and finally quitting that day job. Washington D.C. outfit These United States stand poised to make the transition, garnering critical […]

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Spin It: “Leck Mich Im Arsch”

Jack White and ICP’s new single Third Man Records Last week, the social networking universe and music-nerd blogosphere lit up with slack-jawed discussion about the forthcoming single from Jack White’s record label Third Man Records. If you thought Rebecca Black’s “Friday” ranked high on the “you’re not gonna believe this shit” scale, wait until you […]

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In the Loop: DCP shelf at Omega Music

DCP shelf at Omega Music In a partnership between the Dayton City Paper music section and Omega Music, albums featured in the DCP on a weekly basis will also be featured in a special way at the Oregon District music store. With the help of Omega, the DCP now has its own shelf of featured […]

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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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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]