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To reminisce

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Little River Band at Versailles’ BMI Speedway By Tim Smith Play the opening strains of “Reminiscing” to anyone who listened to Top 40 radio in the late ’70s and you’ll likely get a smile of recognition. It was the American breakthrough song for the Australian soft rock group Little River Band (or LRB as it’s […]

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Like a rolling stone

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Songwriter Troy Petty rolls into Taffy’s of Eaton By Tim Anderl Chicago native and Columbus, Ohio, transplant Troy Petty is the kind of song writer whose natural inclinations and intuitions result in stirring indie rock singer/songwriter fare that has connected with both audiences in his adopted home city and abroad. Taking cues from songwriting greats […]

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Math rock resurrected

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Dedicated fan spearheads Craw album reissue By Tim Anderl “Any account of progressive, aggressive underground and alternative music of the past 30 years—a continuum that stretches from bands such as Black Flag, Voivod and Melvins up through Don Caballero, Dillinger Escape Plan, Tool and beyond—is incomplete without a mention of what Craw did,” explanins Hank […]

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Great balls of fire!

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Million Dollar Quartet brings legendary ’50s rock to the Vic By Tim Walker It was December of 1956, and rock and roll was new. The Korean War had ended three years before. Montgomery, Alabama, ended race-based seating restrictions on its bus lines that month, and the next day Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. proudly rode […]

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Casting a spell

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Voodoo Glow Skulls bring ska-punk to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer The first time Californian ska-punk band Voodoo Glow Skulls came to play in Dayton was 1992. The location was Brookwood Hall, a popular spot to be rented out for DIY punk and metal shows in town. It was an all day, outdoor music festival. As […]

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Life me up

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Lewis Knudsen brings sing-along pop to Yellow Spring’s Spirited Goat By Justin Kreitzer Genre-defiant and highly prolific Quad Cities singer-songwriter Lewis Knudsen released The Way Of Most Resistance last summer.  His latest and greatest album sees him branching out into funk and soul music complete with jubilant horns and danceable rhythms, where previously his eclectic […]

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The girls are back in town

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Vanguard Concerts’ DAI series proudly welcomes back Claremont Trio By Gary Spencer If I have ever noticed any trends in Dayton, one that stands out in my mind is that if you’re a musical group that plays here and you’re a big hit with the audience, you keep coming back. That certainly seems to be […]

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Life in the key of G

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Being Kenny G at Schuster By Tim Smith Saxophonist Kenny G has been entertaining music lovers since he began as a sideman with Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973. He has earned legions of fans around the globe with bestselling albums, from Kenny G in 1982 to his latest, the 2015 release Brazilian Nights. […]

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Old soul-oist

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One-man show The Wrong Omar at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Lisa Bennett The world is full of truly amazing people. In 1884, Thomas Stevens became the first person to bicycle across North America. In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the full 21 miles across the English Channel. In 1992, Mae Carol Jemison […]

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Tokyo punks

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Japan’s Mugen Hoso rocks Blind Bob’s By Mike Ritchie From the land of the rising sun comes a duo that proudly burn as many calories on stage as spending a whole day in an outdoor mosh pit would do. Hiro and Taro bring an old-school aesthetic to their show, with incredibly fast paced, virtually non-stop […]

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Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]

Vitality Check: 6/7/16

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Say ahhhh, cough and…happy birthday By Rocco Castellano Maybe I’m just getting a little more sensitive in my old age… […]