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Rasta taking over


Cliftones’ Cinci-style reggae at Trolley Stop By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Cliftones hail their reggae not too far from home to Trolley Stop; photo: Brian Glass With a grand total of nine band members, the Cliftones don’t just play a venue, they take it over. “It’s a lot of people when we have our whole crew,” […]

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Our ‘Fight Song’


Rachel Platten uplifts Fraze By Miranda Brooks Photo: Rachel Platten gives it straight with a little sugar on top at Fraze Aug. 3; photo: Harper Smith  Rachel Platten is enjoying the spotlight, full on and outright – even if she is a bit past what some might consider a power pop princess’s prime. But who are […]

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A Dayton musicians watering hole


Rock This Block parties at Riff Raff By Matt Clevenger Photo: Johnny Fink and the Intrusion Rock this Block at Riff Raff July 24; photo: Mike Howard It started with a simple idea. “It’s built on just a conversation with musicians standing out in front of my bar,” Riff Raff Tavern owner Mike Schmidt says. […]

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Young blood


Romantic Rebel yells at Oddbody’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Romantic Rebel’s KT Paige sings daggers at Oddbody’s July 22; photo: Deborah Tyler Birthed in Chicago in 2012, siblings KT Paige and Alex Vincent with Zach Smith and Ty Del Rose formed Romantic Rebel, bringing female-fronted rock to the next generation. They quickly became self-promotion machines […]

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Reviving the soul


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings touch Rose By Tim Walker Photo: Sharon Jones belts out with the Dap-Kings July 23 at Rose; photo: Jacob Blickenstaff Soul singer Sharon Jones has seen it all at this point. At 60, the gifted vocalist is on tour with her band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who are supporting […]

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Old Crow, new tricks


Old Crow Medicine Show at Rose By Matt Clevenger Photo: Old Crow Medicine Show brings busker attitude to Rose July 19; photo: Crackerfarm It’s been more than 15 years since Old Crow Medicine Show first started busking on street corners in New York City, and since then, these city slickers have risen to become one […]

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The lime and the steel pan


Queen City Silver Stars coast to Peach’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Caribbean-inspired Queen City Silver Stars vibe at Peach’s July 15; photo: Chuck Loftice There are bands that like to show off or set themselves apart by featuring fancy or unusual instrumentation in their music, oftentimes in an attempt to be flashy but in many […]

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Stay grinding


90s reincarnate Daily Grind bump at Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Daily Grind’s Myles Mahoney, Matt Majot, and Brad Hammer hit Bob’s July 23; photo: Pat Hogan The Pittsburgh-based alt-rock band Daily Grind recently released their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, I Did Those Things, via Misra Records. The emerging quartet—consisting of vocalist and […]

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The alt Grammys


Alternative Press Music Awards runs third year By Tim Anderl Photo: All Time Low’s Zack Merrick and Alex Gaskarth host this year’s AP Music Awardsphoto courtesy of Adrenaline PR Thirty years ago, in the comfort of his bedroom, Clevelander Mike Shea launched a cut-and-paste fanzine, never imagining the endeavor would grow to become one of […]

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Go ask Alice—and Johnny and Joe


Hollywood Vampires new supergroup graces Fraze By Tim Walker Photo: Alice Cooper is still looking to write the best song ever writtenphoto: Ross Halfin Rock stars—they come and go. Few of them become household names, and even fewer achieve the status of musical icons. But in the universe of hard rock and heavy metal, your […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]