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Torche blaze path for melodic metal By Tim Anderl Photo: Torche brings their melodic metal to Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Monday, June 3; Photo credit: Gary Copeland For the better part of the past decade, Miami, Fla. outfit Torche has emerged a triumphant and powerful quartet responsible for pioneering their own brand of groovy, melodic […]

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Great things come in little packages

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sami.the.great at Ghostlight Coffeehouse By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sami.the.Great will perform at Ghostlight Coffeehouse on June 2; photo credit: Laura Crosta Brooklyn-based musician Sami Akbari, who also records and performs under the moniker sami.the.great, is currently on tour in support of her excellent self-titled debut album released in early 2012 by Bold Love Records. […]

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The big parade

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Denver’s The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati June 2; photo credit: Scarlet Page In 2009, Stelth Ulvang was one of dozens of Denver musicians who got a message from a New Jersey duo that was moving to Colorado and looking for contacts and […]

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The music never stopped

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Dark Star Jubilee honors Grateful Dead  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Dark Star Orchestra headlines Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley May 24-26 Deadheads unite! This year the second annual Dark Star Jubilee music festival is taking place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, and as any Deadhead will tell you, Legend Valley is a magical musical […]

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About a Mover

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Hospital Garden celebrates release of third album By Gary Spencer Photo: Chicago trio Hospital Garden bring their new album Moverto Blind Bob’s on May 26; [l to r] Erik Rasmussen, Sarah Carey and Lucas Hollow  There seems to be a slogan going around the Gem City for probably decades now. It’s something to the effect of “people […]

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The hills are alive!

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Nelsonville Music Festival returns By Leo DeLuca photo: Wilco headlines at Nelsonville Music Festival the weekend of May 30-June 2; photo credit: Austin Nelson Located a mere two hours from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) heads into its ninth year with a phenomenal lineup featuring Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Mavis Staples, Jonathan Richman and many […]

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Homegrown heroes


The Story Changes celebrate release of Static and Trembling  By Zach Rogers Photo: [l to r] Mark McMillon and Christopher “Poppy” Lee of The Story Changes will celebrate the release of their new album, Static and Trembling,at Blind Bob’s on May 18 How much noise can two people make? How loud can it get? And most […]

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Hear our Satan prayer

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Mysterious Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. invades Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Swedish metal outfit Ghost B.C. will perform on May 19 at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus; photo credit: Ester Segarra Subversion and influence of the masses via popular music is hardly a new thing, whether by design or just uninformed opinions […]

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We have come … for light

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The Breeders reissue Last Splash Boxed Set By Kyle Melton Photo: The Breeders in 2013: [l to r] Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, Kim Deal, Jim MacPherson; photo credit: Chris Glass After cutting her teeth with Boston college rock icons Pixies in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Dayton’s Kim Deal returned home to rekindle her other […]

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The forked road

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UK band Foals visit Ohio with new album, Holy Fire By Alan Sculley Photo: Foals will visit Cincinnati and Columbus on May 14 and 15 in support of Holy Fire Edwin Congreave says the Foals’ recently released third album, Holy Fire was easily the least stressful and smoothest album the group has made. “This album, we […]

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Good morning, Vietnam!


Brett Newski & the Corruption go global at Blind Bob’s By Zach Rogers Photo: Vietnam-based trio Brett Newski & the Corruption visit Blind Bob’s on May 16 Being in a band is tough. Trying to write, record and express your emotions musically – it takes a different breed of animal to do it right. Being in […]

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Not just a ‘side’ show


Live local music and performance art at Sideshow 8 By Gary Spencer photo: Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite perform at Sideshow 8 on May 10; photo credit: Jennifer Clarke While there is little doubt that local visual art is the backbone of the yearly Sideshow event presented by the Dayton Circus Creative Collective coinciding with Urban […]

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Courage of the knife

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Senses Fail visits Thomspon House By Alan Sculley photo: Senses Fail will perform at the Thompson House on May 1; photo credit: Jonathan Weiner Buddy Nielsen, frontman of Senses Fail, says he went into the group’s new album, Renacer, with the attitude that there was nothing to lose. That might seem like an unusual outlook considering […]

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Punk rock to the prairie


Quiet Hollers discover their roots on debut LP  By Zach Rogers photo: Louisville quartet Quiet Hollers bring punk-infused alt-country to Dayton on May 4 As the saying goes, there’s only one constant in life: change. One person who can probably relate to this concept more than ever is Shadwick Wilde. A few years ago, Wilde was […]

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Shredding home


Marnie Stern with Dayton’s Nithin Kalvakota plays Canal Street  By Leo DeLuca Photo: Marnie Stern brings her distinctive brand of guitar-centric bubblegum pop to Canal Street Tavern on May 8 Marnie Stern, frequently referred to as “the lady who shreds,” will play Canal Street Tavern Wednesday, May 8, with local favorites The Motel Beds and Dear […]

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Midwest glam


Black Owls invade Peach’s Grill By Rusty Pate Photo: Columbus ’ Black Owls will perform at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs on Saturday, April 27 Mention the term “glam rock” and the mind immediately races to images of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust or T Rex’s Marc Bolan slinking across the stage. I doubt a place […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]