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Squid the Whale swims in to Dayton By Benjamin Dale Squid the Whale. A whale named Squid. The name evokes images of an identity crisis similar to the story of a boy named Sue. I imagine a giant killer whale, ostracized from his ultrasonic peers, who only finds refuge among the bottom dwellers and lowly […]

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Shocker in Gloomtown

Part I: Who said I needed a reason? By Kyle Melton [Editor’s Note: “Shocker in Gloomtown: Part I” is the first installment in a five-part series by the DCP looking at the past, present and future of the Dayton music scene. This series was originally run in the DCP in 2008.] You never know where […]

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Looking back, moving forward

The Ladybirds bring good ole rock ‘n’ roll to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer When people talk about rock music nowadays, it’s rarely described as rock ‘n’ roll. You hear “rock,” “hard rock,” “indie rock,” “folk rock,” “punk rock,” “psych rock,” “garage rock” and other labels thrown around, but almost never do you hear […]

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Put the pot on

Yellow Springs’ Blue Moon Soup to appear at Canal Street Tavern By Benjamin Dale Greater Dayton is blessed with not only one thriving music scene, the envy of other cities of similar size, but also boasts a distinct yet complementary music scene in the neighboring hamlet of Yellow Springs. While the Dayton scene continues to […]

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All together now

South Park Tavern Open Mic stage welcomes all musicians By Kyle Melton On any given night in towns across the country, musicians of all walks can be found gathering at local watering holes to participate in some variety of the classic open mic format. While there are numerous such events throughout the Miami Valley, the […]

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The whole Wilco

DCP’s exclusive interview with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline about their new album, The Whole Love By Alan Sculley Over the course of Wilco’s seven previous studio albums, singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy has been viewed as the musical brains behind the critically acclaimed band. But one thing that is immediately apparent in talking to Wilco guitarist Nels […]

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Front Row: Season of the witch

Skeletonwitch comes to Newport and Columbus With four full-length studio albums, a pair of EPs and numerous national and international tours under their belts, southeastern Ohio head-bangers, Skeletonwitch, have been making huge waves in the modern metal scene. In 2008, the band earned a support slot for Danzig’s “The Blackest of the Black” tour, their […]

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Front Row: “Shocker in Gloomtown” revisited

“Shocker in Gloomtown” revisited When I began writing for the Dayton City Paper in the summer of 2007, many newer bands were unaware of the city’s rich indie music legacy. In an attempt to provide a timeline of the Dayton’s rock underground’s experiences and to potentially provide some degree of solidarity amongst its performers and […]

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A day in the life of Mitch Mitchell

We gotta make it live: One GBV fanboy’s dream realized By Benjamin Dale Guided By Voices probably means more to this town than any other rock band in the Gem City’s history. In case you’ve been living with your ears closed for the past 30 years, or you’re new to the area, Guided By Voices […]

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Tribraco and Tubax: An Italian state of mind

They’re from Italy and the music is loud and weird: How weird? Really weird. By W.C. Ruffnel For centuries Rome has been the center of western civilization as we know it. So many things come from Rome, and Italy more specifically, that we take it for granted. Sadly, the tomato does not come from Italy, […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]