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Beyond Thick As A Brick

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Jethro Tull leader plays classic album in its entirety plus sequel at Riverbend By Gary Spencer Jethro Tull is one of those artists who, for all intents and purposes, exist on their own musical planet, removed from their classic rock contemporaries who, for varying reasons, aren’t quite in Tull’s unique musical league. And then there’s […]

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The square is where … it’s at

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Downtown program is like ‘recess’ for adults By Justin Kreitzer Photo: [l to r] Charles Walker and Porsche Carmon of The Charles Walker band wil perform for The Square is Where on July 12; photo credit: Artaska Roberts The Square Is Where is a free entertainment program held at Courthouse Square, presented by the Downtown Dayton […]

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The boys of Summer

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Dayton rockers deliver concept EPs By Tim Anderl Photo: Red Hot Rebellion deliver their rock revival, the Melt the SkyEP   The idea of the concept album has long been present in rock lore. Ziggy Stardust, The Wall and, more recently, American Idiot and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Rock diehards recognize, adopt and develop deep […]

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From a crescent to a gem

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Paul Sanchez kicks off NOLA Summer In Dayton at Canal Street Tavern By: Justin Kreitzer Photo: New Orleans-based guitarist Paul Sanchez visits Canal Street Tavern on July 10; photo credit: Chris Granger New Orleans – known as the “Crescent City” – is notorious for its wild parties, but it is also famous for its musical history; […]

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Bee friendly – bee there!

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Bunbury Music Festival sets up for second year By: Kate E Lore Photo: The National will close out Bunbury on Sunday, July 14 Music junkies know where to get the good stuff. They know the dark corners of obscure venues and hidden record stores, the wide-open fields in the middle of nowhere where music festivals tend […]

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Still humble and hungry

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Skid Row’s summer tour hits Dayton By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo on stage with Skid Row; photo credit:Charles Shanks “Music keeps you young. I’ve always believed that. It gives you energy that doesn’t exist in other arenas in life,” Skid Row guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo told Dayton City Paper. “The essence of me […]

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I’m no angel

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Gregg Allman at Fraze Pavilion By: Alan Sculley Photo: Southern rock legend Gregg Allman will perform at Fraze Pavilion on June 29 This year, Gregg Allman has been an active presence on the music scene. He took his solo band out for a winter tour and is now back on the road for a run of […]

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Back in the ‘Limelight’

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Rush visits Riverbend in Cincinnati By: Alan Sculley Photo:[l tor] Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee of Rush will perform at Riverbend in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 2; photo credit: Andrew MacNaughtan When Rush toured in 2010 and 2011, the band billed it as the “Time Machine” tour. In addition to playing the band’s […]

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Making a strangewave

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Dayton duo album release at Springfield show By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Strangewave celebrate the release of their debut, Pop Noir,on June 29 in Springfield; Photo credit: M. Kelly Wilt Strangewave is an emerging indie rock band made up of songwriters J. Trenton Crace and Katrina Eresman of Dayton. Their psychedelic dream-pop blooms with layers of guitars, […]

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A Rollin’ Stone

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Trey Stone’s humor-tinged rock at Canal Street By Tim Anderl Photo: Trey Stone celebrates the release of Ahead of the Pack at Canal Street Tavern June 22; photo credit: Jennifer Taylor Clarke For 15 years, Trey Stone’s passion for music and comedy existed in harmony as he served as musical director for Chicago’s The Second City […]

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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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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 […]