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Razakel brings horrorcore rap to Dayton By Gary Spencer It’s a shame that female musicians still struggle to be taken seriously, regardless of their chosen musical genre. And it’s well known that women have struggled historically to be taken seriously particularly in rap music. But the most dedicated of these ladies fight through, oftentimes twice […]

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Citrus rock

Cincy’s Lemon Sky at Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Lemon Sky, the Cincinnati psych-rock/prog-pop hybrids recently released Dos, their aptly-titled and long-awaited sophomore album. Highlighted by its three-pronged guitar attack—consisting of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Madrigal, guitarists Eric Cronstein and Ed “Shredward” Bruker along with bassist Steve “Phteven” Korfhagen and drummer Eric Keyes—they create a heavy yet highly-melodic […]

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2016 space rock odyssey

Ruckzuck brings modern Krautrock to Spirited Goat By Mike Ritchie Creepy, psychedelic, atmospheric, ambient shoe-gaze could be words to describe the Island Park, New York-based retro outfit Ruckzuck. The group specializes in psychedelic sounds that harken back to the space-aged ’70s, with the mind-altering mood and trippy echoes of the ’60s. Their catalog sounds like […]

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Thrashing about

Colorado’s Havok brings thrasher metal to Rockstar By Allyson B Crawford “Being on the road can be creatively prohibitive,” Havok rhythm guitarist and vocalist David Sanchez tells the Dayton City Paper. “There are a lot of other things to do. We don’t have techs, so we do everything ourselves, and that means we don’t have […]

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All she wants to do is dance

Fresh releases for the fresh spring air By Alan Sculley Neil Young & the BlueNotes // Bluenote Café  // Warner Bros. Of the many musical side trips Young has taken during his career, one of the most successful was forming his horn-driven big band, the Bluenotes, for a 1988 album, Ten Men Working, and subsequent […]

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Blooming from the blues

Janiva Magness brings soulful blues to Canal Public House By Miranda Brooks Janiva Magness knows the blues, and has the voice to prove it. Singing since a teenager, and performing now for nearly forty years, Magness’ gained wisdom from life’s lessons continues to inspire a career that clearly chose her. On tour currently to promote […]

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Aged and defined

Zakk Knight brings award-winning blues to Taffy’s in Eaton By Tim Walker Zakk Knight is a busy man. The 21-year-old guitarist, songwriter and performer is on a mission, and that mission today is getting ready to perform a sold-out show in his own hometown. “I don’t play Indianapolis too often with my full band,” Knight […]

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Pop punk rising

PVRIS takes Nutter stage By Amanda Dee PVRIS is the last of a dying breed. Starting in the a punk rock scene almost a decade after Fall Out Boy, Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, AKA Lynn Gunn, explains, “We kind of caught the very tail end of something that’s not really around anymore.” Fall Out Boy reached out […]

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Thanks for the memories

Fall Out Boy reincarnated at Nutter By Amanda Dee If you haven’t heard of Fall Out Boy, you probably weren’t wearing Hot Topic skinny jeans in the early 2000s. Or you don’t listen to music today. Fall Out Boy started from the cesspool of Chicago hardcore punk and became increasingly more recognized with the rise […]

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We want the neo-funk

Charles Walker Band gets groovy at Trolley By Katie Christoff Jazz, funk, soul, R&B—the Charles Walker Band has done it all. Since Charles Walker started the band over 12 years ago in Milwaukee, he’s had a variety of musical influences and styles. Walker is the only original band member, and he says that has had […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]