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Tracy Walker at Peach’s in Yellow Springs By Rusty Pate Photo: Cincinnati- singer/songwriter Tracy Walker will perform at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs on Jan. 11 Tracy Walker has been at the forefront of the Cincinnati folk scene since cofounding the group Ain’t Helen in the mid-1990s. Since branching out on her own, she has […]

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When we paint our masterpiece

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WinterFolk Fest at the old Yellow Cab building By Rusty Pate Photo: The New Old-Fashioned will play WinterFolk Fest on Jan.11; photo: Jennifer Shelly Gregory A real passion and reverence rises in Harold Hensley’s voice when he speaks about the Dayton music scene. Hensley used to live in Lexington, Ky. He’s played shows in other […]

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Science and synapse

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William the Accountant returns to Dayton  By Zach Rogers   Photo: William the Accountant plays Blind Bob’s on Jan. 10; photo: Illume Photography and Design “An honest name, an honest job.” With that, William the Accountant set off to make music that combines a multitude of different genres. From rock, funk and jazz to ska, […]

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The Wonderful Wizard of WOO

Bernie Worrell Orchestra brings funky magic to Gem City  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Funk legend Bernie Worrell brings the Bernie Worrell Orchestra to the Venue on Third on Dec. 28; photo: Brian Diescher Once upon a time, in this kingdom, two great and powerful wizards shared a meal. One wizard turned to the other during […]

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Holi-back!

HoliDayton rock party returns to Blind Bob’s  By Gary Spencer   Photo: [l to r] Poppy and Mark McMillon of The Story Changes bring HoliDayton to Blind Bob’s Dec. 28 The city of Dayton seems to have a lot of yearly traditions that have almost become like sacred rites for those that love to party in […]

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Hell of a ride

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New Year’s Eve with Saving Abel at McGuffy’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Saving Abel perform at McGuffy’s on New Year’s Eve; photo: Davo/MusicMediaGroup The end of the year means one thing: party time. New Year’s Eve equals parties all over town, but what if you want some live music with your reveling? Mississippi rock outfit […]

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Madness like magic

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mr. Gnome returns to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer  Photo: Cleveland duo mr. Gnome brings its musical magic back to Blind Bob’s on Dec. 20; [l to r] Nicole and Sam Meister; photo: mr. Gnome Some people believe there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. The feeling seems to be mutual between […]

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Ear to the tracks

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Late blooming albums for your year end lists  By: Justin Kreitzer   Well, 2013 is nearly over and as far as music goes it was an absolutely incredible year, with top notch releases from indie rock mainstays such as Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Daft Punk and Okkervil River taking most of the headlines. Before you […]

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Getting loud – going green

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Papadosio brings Earth Night back to Columbus  By Zach Rogers   Photo: Papadosio’s Earth Night brings music and green ideas together; Photo: Brian Hockensmith This time last year, the world was in a bit of a hubbub. The focus was centered on a particular date: Dec. 21, 2012. For many, it meant the end of the world, […]

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Those magic moments

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Dispatches from the ’90s Dayton emo/hardcore underground  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Dayton band 24 Possible playing at the Antioch College student union in 1998 Dayton has long been the kind of middle-American city where emo, punk and hardcore bands cut their teeth on the way to musical infamy. The combination of avaricious music fans and […]

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Five become one

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Hawthorne Heights plays rare hometown show By Gary Spencer Photo: Dayton’s Hawthorne Heights play hometown show at Rockstar Pro Arena on Dec. 14 Since their humble beginnings as local band A Day in the Life, the band that would become known as Hawthorne Heights in 2001 has seen its trials and tribulations over its decade-plus existence. […]

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Lights, lasers and cats … oh my!

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Anamanaguchi bring their 8-bit rock to Cincinnati By Zach Rogers Photo: New York-based chiptune quartet Anamanaguchi will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Dec. 17 Sometimes, bands choose to make music the conventional way, with guitars, drums, keyboards … those kinds of things. Other times, they use an old Atari, Nintendo or Game Boy […]

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A song for Jeremy

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Tribute to fallen local musician and friend  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Blind Bob’s hosts a tribute to Jeremy Frederick [shown here with Let’s Crash in the late 1990s] on Saturday, Dec. 7 Billy Shakespeare once said, “All the world is a stage and we all must play a part.” However, I don’t think even Shakespeare […]

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Country strong

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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]