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An interview with Aesop Rock By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Aesop Rock will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Thompson House in Newport, KY Hip-hop artist Aesop Rock released first self-produced album, Skelethon, in 2012 and is now touring the Midwest. The Dayton City Paper posed ten questions to the rapper. Five were included in […]

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Motherly love

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Menomena strips down with new album Moms By Kate E. Lore Photo: Menomena [l to r] Danny Seim and Justin Harris rwill perform on Friday, Feb. 15 at The Basement in Columbus  photo credit: Alicia J .Rose Every human being on earth gets their own unique experience; this is the journey that we call life. We […]

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Stop staring at the cracks in the wall

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WHY? kicks off 2013 with a hometown show at Taft Theatre By Leo DeLuca Photo:  [clockwise from left] Josiah Wolf, Doug McDiarmid, Yoni Wolf and Liz Wolf; photo credit: Aaron Conway Ohio-based indie rock/hip-hop band WHY? has been garnering international acclaim the past few years. Evolving from experimental hip-hop groups such as cLOUDDEAD and Reaching Quiet, […]

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Kings of yeah

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Dayton expatriates still rockin’ in new band Connections By Gary Spencer photo: Columbus quintet Connections play Canal Street Tavern Feb. 8; photo credit: Rachael Barbash Does anyone in our readership remember the rock n’ roll machine from just north of Dayton called 84 Nash? They didn’t play out a lot before members relocated themselves and the […]

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It’s a small world after all

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Chance meeting leads to fruitful collaboration for R. Ring By Tim Anderl photo: [l to r] Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery of R. Ring; photo credit: Chris Glass If it hadn’t been for an altogether different opportunity for musical collaboration, the world may have never known the sonic pleasures of unorthodox rock duo R. Ring.  Introduced […]

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Fire starter

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Matisyahu brings acoustic heat to spark seekers By Tim Anderl photo credit: Mark Squires 2012 was a big year for Chassidic Reggae Superstar Matthew Paul Miller – who performs as Matisyahu, and is addressed as Matis. With a reputation for eclectic, trippy, pop-centered reggae, the Los Angeles artist spent a year recording Spark Seeker, which […]

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Living for the city

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Third annual Dayton Does Dayton tribute show returns  By Zach Rogers photo: participants of 2013 Dayton Does Dayton tribute show; photo credit: Amanda Barbosa Photography As any fan of the local music scene will tell you, Dayton has a long, rich musical history complete with ups, downs, twists and turns, and through it all some […]

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What’s all the fuzz about?

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Toledo’s Silent Lions visit Blind Bob’s  By Zach Rogers photo credit:Sara Daneils; Toledo’s Silent Lions: [l to r] Dean Tartaglia and Matt Klein Toledo is a city that, for whatever reason, doesn’t appear on a lot of people’s musical radars. Silent Lions, who are proudly from the aforementioned city, are out to change that and […]

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We are the vultures

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Warbeast brings its krushing thrash attack to Bogart’s  By Gary Spencer Photo Credit: Beth Shelby When one thinks about the origins of classic thrash metal from the 1980s, one typically thinks of household names like Anthrax and – before they started to suck –Metallica, and where they came from: in this instance the East Coast […]

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Suite disposition

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Tim Pritchard enlists new collaborators on search for his Pet Sounds  By Tim Anderl Photo: Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite on stage at Canal Street Tavern: [l to r] Tony Moore, Trevor Bell, Tim Pritchard and Phil Caviness It would be easy to mistake Tim Pritchard’s persistent smile for a carefree spirit. Though Pritchard is […]

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Playfully Yours play for yours (and theirs)

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Cincinnati trio requires no more than your attention for their electro stylings By W.C. Ruffnel Photo: Playfully Yours: [l to r]Maxx McKinley, Katie Busemeyer and Brock R. McKinley; photo credit: Sarah McDermott Last time I saw the group known as Playfully Yours, I was excited to watch them, and this was because they were exciting. It seems […]

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This ain’t your normal country band! … but it also is

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Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons adhere to and subvert traditions  By Nick Schwab Nowadays music has to be extra special to retain interest. Whether it be due to there being so much music out there, the new market for singles, or even the short attention spans spawned by video games, listeners make up their […]

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Sweet anticipation

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15 forthcoming albums to listen up for in early 2013  By Tim Anderl Your favorite music releases from 2012 are tucked neatly in your record shelves and iTunes library. While 2012 was clearly a year when Top 40 popped, hip-hoppers hip-hopped and metalheads moshed, 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for music […]

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From the mayor’s office to the big top

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Jason Webber joins the “Dark Carnival”  By Tim Anderl If interviewing artists and musicians for nearly two decades has left me with nothing else, it has sharpened my radar for spotting self-congratulating, self-important narcissists and finely tuned my bullshit meter. And when I spotted Jason Webber, who I’d not previously met, wearing a Hugh Hefner […]

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A little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll

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Homemade fuse disparate influences for rootsy sound  By Tim Anderl Homemade, an Ohio-based quartet assembled by Buffalo Killers  guitarist Andy Gabbard, delivers a sound that blends elements of country, rock and psychedelia that appeals to a new generation of rockers who appreciate Americana and alt-country for its rootsy, down-home approach. Listeners raised on a combination […]

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All alone in this big, big world

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Trin Tran demystifies what it means to be a band  By Zach Rogers When you first set eyes on him, it demands a second glance. A bass drum, some keyboards and him, Trin Tran, with his guitar in hand and a pint of beer within arm’s reach. Because honestly, with so much to control at […]

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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 […]