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Ohio Film & Music Festival celebrates homegrown talent

First-ever festival will show off Ohio’s vast musical (and cinematic) contributions By Kyle Melton In nearly every arena of American life, Ohio’s contributions are substantial. This weekend in Columbus, the first Ohio Film + Music Festival will celebrate the state’s somewhat under-acknowledged contributions to the arts. With musical performances scheduled from RJD2, Heartless Bastards and […]

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Spin It: Lou Reed and Metallica

Lou Reed and Metallica team up with “The View” Hipsters and rednecks realize they have other things in common besides their hatred of this song So, the collaboration everyone has been waiting for. No, wait. That was Insane Clown Posse and Jack White. No, wait. Lou Reed and Metallica? I don’t think anyone was expecting […]

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Ripping off Van Winkle

Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody make first visit to Dayton By Kyle Melton In terms of musical influence, Adam Franklin’s work with early ‘90s shoegaze outfit Swervedriver, as well as his solo work with Toshack Highway and now Bolts of Melody, casts an expansive shadow over modern guitar players. With his most recent effort, […]

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A passion to preserve

Deke Dickerson & the Ecco-Fonics Return to Canal Street Tavern By Kyle Melton In the scope of American music, few instruments carry the cultural weight of the electric guitar. Over the course of several decades, the instrument demonstrated incredible versatility as it found application in jazz, country, and ultimately, countless strains of rock ‘n’ roll. […]

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Puttin’ it on Bitchwax: Riffing after midnight

The Atomic Bitchwax performs at Blind Bob’s By W.C. Ruffnel There are a few defining moments in a person’s life — the time they are born, the time they decide they can or can’t play guitar and the time they start their first stoner rock band. For the members of the Atomic Bitchwax, it’s a […]

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Guided by Voices set to release new album

So the cat’s out of the bag.  Rumors have been circulating around Dayton for a while now, but today it’s official:  Guided By Voices has recorded a new album.  It’s set for release on New Year’s Day, 2012 — the first day of the last year of the end of the world.  Forget the studio […]

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He said, she said

Robthebank: Reunited and it feels so good By Gary Spencer “This is not a reunion, we are back together,” proclaimed songwriter and guitarist Nate Farley. He wants to make it clear that Robthebank, one of his many prolific bands of the 1990s is back and indeed here to stay with a show at Blind Bob’s […]

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Sounds on ‘I Am Very Far’ have come a long way

Okkervil River frontman discusses most recent ‘play’ of art By Alan Sculley One gets the feeling that when Will Sheff walks through a museum he doesn’t look at a painting as a “work” of art. “I’ve always felt like art should be like play,” Sheff said in a recent interview. “I remember dating this girl […]

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Spin it: You’re Welcome, 9/20/11

Unleash the Nightbeast The new sophomore album from Dayton rapper/jokester/all-around nice guy Nick Testa — aka the Nightbeast — is titled You’re Welcome. And it’s definitely enough to make even the most jaded hip-hop fan exclaim “Thank you!”
Testa’s long-awaited follow-up to his nerdcore rap classic-in-the-making Inside Jokes For Outside Folks is a joyously nutty good […]

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We’re all in this together

Chicago’s Hospital Garden returns to Dayton to release Haunter By Kyle Melton While small cities like Dayton may offer ample opportunities for bands to pursue their muse unhindered by expectations and build a strong community amongst themselves, in a city like Chicago, bigger clubs and regular appearances by big-name touring bands offer up-and-coming acts chances […]

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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 […]

Waste not

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

The art of organization

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

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 […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]