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#Fest in Athens won’t kill your vibe  By Tim Anderl Photo: Scene at the 10th #Fest in Athens, Ohio from 2012; the 11th #Fest takes place April 13; photo credit: Mara Gruber/Prime Social Group Established in 2004 in the city of residence for Ohio’s most notorious party school – Ohio University – the annual #Fest (or […]

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Infectious dance

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Chicago Afrobeat Project invades Peach’s Grill By Rusty Pate Photo: Chicago Afrobeat Project visit Peach’s Grill on Saturday, April 6 with new album, Nyashup  When most people hear the term “afro” attached to anything, visions of blaxploitation stereotypes immediately jump to mind. While it may be true that Afrobeat music came into existence during the late […]

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Watch me jumpstart

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Détective checks in at South Park Tavern By Zach Rogers Photo: L.A. trio Détective [l to r] Chris Dunn, James Greer and Guylaine Vivarat; photo credit: Mike Postalakis The first song on However Strange, the debut album from the Los Angeles-based group Détective, has singer/bassist Guylaine Vivarat humming gently into the mic, putting the listener’s ears […]

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None more slack

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Wavves returns with Afraid of Heights By W. C. Ruffnel Photo: Wavves perform in Columbus on April 2 with new album Afraid of Heights; photo credit; Cat Roif Wavves have been indie darlings for, like, a minute now. Their previous album King of the Beach was released in 2010 to glowing reviews by everyone in the […]

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Hot freaks

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Army of Infants knocks it down and tears it up By Zach Rogers Photo: Down and out in Bowling Green: Guitarist Jared Welch of Army of Infants Boom boom, bang bang. That’s what this music does to you. It will bust down your door and crash through your living room. The band is Army of Infants […]

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R n’ R with ADHD

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Kristen Ford brings hyper, genre-hopping act to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Kristen Ford [right] will visit Dublin Pub on Friday, March 22; photo credit: Alison Swiatocha Kristen Ford, a singer-songwriter from Boston, Mass. with a high energy live show, blends rock, reggae, indie and folk for her spontaneous, soulful songs. Although Ford’s style has been […]

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The Hummingbird Effect

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Local Natives’ second album is darker, more emotional  By Nick Schwab Photo: Local Natives visit Cincinnati March 25 and Columbus March 26 with their new album, Hummingbird; photo credit: Bryan Sheffield They say three times is a charm … but why not less? Local Natives is a band that had a fantastic first album in Gorilla […]

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Don’t call it a comeback…

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…although Native won’t mind if you do By Tim Anderl Photo: Native will perform at The Southgate House Revival on March 20; photo credit: David Summers Hailing from northwest Indiana, Native is comprised of four friends who came together after realizing they were each the most serious about music in their respective former high school bands. […]

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A lot with a little

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Dolfish visits South Park Tavern By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dolfish [aka Max Sollisch] will perform at South Park Tavern on Friday, March 15 Dolfish, the indie folk-rock venture of Cleveland-based songwriter Max Sollisch, is no stranger to brevity. In his short time on the scene, Paste, American Songwriter, Daytrotter and more have all hailed Sollisch. In […]

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Honey, I cooked the kids!

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Fetus Omelet brings gore (not core) to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Fetus Omelet will perform at Blind Bob’s on March 17; [l to r] Doomore Rapiste and Xerxes Grimm Dayton grindcore outfit Fetus Omelet is not for the faint of heart or for anyone offended by four letter words. Cloaked in bloody butcher smocks […]

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The “new” sound of young America

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The Regrettes join Columbus soul movement  By Tim Anderl  Photo: Columbus neo-soul outfit The Regrettes visit Peach’s on March 9; photo credit: Kelsey McLellan Crafted with an emphasis on pop appeal and passionate call-and-response vocals born from gospel music, Motown once captured the attention of the world and birthed the northern soul movement. The pop music […]

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Stay calm and rock out

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Hostage Calm suggest punk solutions for modern problems By Tim Anderl Photo: Hostage Calm visit The Basement in Columbus on March 12; photo credit: Jamie Moore Please Remain Calm, the October 2012 release by Hostage Calm is more than the band’s opus: it’s their manifesto. It is a punk album for the looming recession, by a brave […]

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Time to get wild, again!

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Nightbeast rocks the home crowd at Blind Bob’s  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Nightbeast brings the party to Blind Bob’s on Saturday, March 2; photo credit: Jessica Uttinger Lurking somewhere deep in the shadows is a mysterious being, a musical entity so powerful it could literally melt your face off. It has the ability to lift you […]

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The perfect storm

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Minus The Bear delivers gnarliest moments on Infinity Overhead  By Tim Anderl  Photo: Minus the Bear visit Columbus Wednesday, March 6; photo credit: Angel Ceballos Over the last decade, veteran Seattle quintet Minus The Bear avoided the pitfalls that would remove a lesser band from the game before their time, continuing to recreate and reinvent themselves […]

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Listen up!

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2013 local bands to watch If you’ve spent any time observing the Dayton music scene and the bands that make the rounds therein, certainly you have an awareness that, like a Midwestern Fountain of Youth, Dayton music possesses an incredible ability to regenerate itself over time. With almost clockwork precision, new bands rise up and […]

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On the road again

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Sick/Sea just can’t wait to get on the road again By Tim Anderl Photo:  [l to r]: Miguel Morales, Audrey and Cameron Scott; photo credit: Christie Bentley Photography McAllen, Texas’ Sick/Sea last visited Dayton in September 2012, just prior to the October release of Moral Compass, their first effort for Autumn + Colour Records. Dedicating themselves […]

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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 […]