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What was once old is new again

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The Pullouts bring their traditional rock sound to the Dublin Pub The Pullouts (l-r) Andrew Fletcher, John Roby, Scott Houchens, and Geoff Hill. Photo: J Spivey Photography By Tim Walker There’s just something about classic rock. The Eagles, Bob Seger, Elton John, the Who, Steely Dan. You turn on the radio and tune in to […]

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He saw the sign

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Jonny Lang live at Cincinnati’s Taft Jonny Lang performs at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre Jan. 14.   Photo by Daniella Hovsepian By Alan Sculley Jonny Lang says his new album, “Signs” is an example of just letting an album be what it wanted to be musically. “I don’t know what will come next,” Lang said in […]

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We can be heroes, for just one day

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David Brighton performs the music of David Bowie with the Philharmonic at Schuster David Brighton performs the music of David Bowie with the Dayton Philharmonic By Tim Walker Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The Thin White Duke. Aladdin Sane. Space Oddity. Suffragette City. Rebel, Rebel. Scary Monsters. In the long history of the […]

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How’s this for honesty?

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You vs. Yesterday at Bob’s You Vs. Yesterday’s (l-r) Cody Collins, Kramer Welker, and Michael Murray By Tim Walker Images by Ryan Ferdelman   It has been said that the definition of a “musician” is this: someone who puts $5000 worth of gear into a $500 vehicle, then drives 100 miles to play a $50 […]

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Electric Celtic

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Cleveland’s Mary’s Lane’s unique style at Dublin Pub Mary’s Lane (l-r) Tessa Thistlewaite, Patrick Mulloy, Brent Hopper, Matt Sofranko,     Michael Crawly, Mark Whalen By Gary Spencer Cleveland has a long, varied, and storied history of the annals of rock history. Everyone from The Moonglows to James Gang to The Raspberries to The Dead […]

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If there’s a rock ‘n roll heaven,

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Well you know they’ve got a hell of a band Tom Petty. Photo: Sam Jones By Tim Walker 2017 is leaving us, and it’s taking with it some big names from the music business. A surprising number of well-known and beloved artists and musicians passed away too early over the past twelve months. Some had […]

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Lend me your earplugs

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2017’s albums worth avoiding Missio’s “Loner” By Alan Sculley It’s a misnomer to call this column the worst albums of 2017. As in any year, there were plenty of positively wretched releases, but they mostly were by obscure acts whose albums thankfully came and went without notice. There’s no need to pile on about albums […]

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Not too swift, Taylor

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Taylor Swift and Ticketmaster team up to rip off fans Taylor Swift has started the Taylor Swift Experience with Ticketmaster. Photo: GabboT By Tim Smith There seems to be an attitude in the pop music world that the more famous you are, the more you’re entitled to pick the pockets of your fans. No one […]

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Rock hard

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10 Years live at Oddbody’s 10 Year (l-r) Jesse Hasek, Kyle Mayer, Brian Vodinh, Chad Huff, Matt Wantland. Photo: Elizabeth Wiseman By Alan Sculley   Two years ago, Brian Vodinh thought he had made his final album with 10 Years, the group he founded in 1998 and had led through seven studio albums and such […]

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Still driving them out of their minds

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Bell Biv DeVoe live at Schuster Bell Biv DeVoe (l-r) Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins By Tim Walker   By the time Christmas finally rolls around, most consumers in the Dayton area need a break. Whether it’s shopping for gifts for your loved ones or enduring the traffic, cold weather, long lines at the […]

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Enter the creepshow

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I Died Trying plays cross-media event in Miamisburg Tony Goff playing his guitar with a Pee Wee Herman doll. Photo: Mike RItchie By Mike Ritchie   The one-man band I Died Trying will play a special cross-media event at Miamisburg’s Plaza Theatre Saturday featuring an opening 75-minute set, preview reel, and the theatrical screening of […]

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Horror business

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Ex-Misfits vocalist Michale Graves performs at Dayton’s Rockstar Michale Graves performs at Rockstar on December 21 By Gary Spencer     Some names are synonymous with certain styles of music, whether it be Beethoven with classical, Robert Johnson with the blues, Duke Ellington with jazz, or Black Sabbath with heavy metal. When “horror punk” is […]

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The symphonic sounds of Hogwarts

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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” Brass musicians of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra By Tim Walker Has it really been sixteen years since the film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” first graced the screens of theaters worldwide, filling countless theater seats with fans of J.K.  Rowling’s bespectacled young wizard-in-training? As […]

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Something wicked comes

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Raven Black’s Dark Metal Carnival at Fairfield’s The Tavern Photo: Raven Black (l-r) Raven, the ‘Doctor’, Muppett, and Stiches. Photo: Cruella Photography By Mike Ritchie Cuter than Chucky and more bewitching than Annabelle, Raven Black’s family tree could be traced back to The Twilight Zone’s Talky Tina. Though she conjures more creepiness than the average […]

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98 Degrees in December?

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98 Degrees’ comeback at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Photo: 98 Degrees (l-r) Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Justin Jeffre. Photo: Ellas Tahan By Alan Sculley   Don’t expect a bunch of lasers, explosions, or other high-tech special effects in the holiday shows of 98 Degrees this holiday season. That’s the word from singer Drew Lachey. “With […]

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Wright Patt’s holiday gift

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Air Force Band of Flight’s annual holiday concert Photo: Santa performs with United States Air Force Band of Flight By Tim Smith   One of the most eagerly anticipated musical events every Christmas season is the annual concert performed by the United States Air Force Band of Flight. This year’s program will be held at […]

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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