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The hills are alive …

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Nelsonville Music Festival celebrates 10 years By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dinosaur Jr. will perform at this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival; photo: Brantley Gutierrez Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, a two-hour drive from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) celebrates its 10th anniversary with Dinosaur Jr., The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Shovels & Rope, Motel […]

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Getting down for good

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Gem City Get Down’s charity dance party By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Andy “Feo” Espino “gets down” at Blind Bob’s; photo: Carol Watson Everybody knows Dayton is a city that loves a good party; but what if I told you there is a hip-hop dance party, complete with the requisite DJs and breakdancers, you could really feel […]

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The great rock ‘n’ roll festival

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Columbus’ Rock on the Range is worth the trip By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Label Society will perform at this year’s Rock on the Range; photo: Justin Reich Some 60 years after the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music, there seems to be more musical categories and subgenres than there are strains of the common cold. In […]

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Your May playlist

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Four Spring releases to sink your teeth into By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records   The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records The War on Drugs delivers enveloping ambient Heartland rock on its third superb album, Lost in the Dream. […]

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What doesn’t kill you …

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Indie-rapper Grieves flexes muscle with Winter & The Wolve By Tim Anderl Photo: Grieves will perform in Cincinnati on May 21, and in Columbus on May 22; photo: Jenavieve Belair Seattle rapper Benjamin Laub, aka Grieves, recently returned to deliver his fourth studio album, Winter & The Wolves, on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Originally emerging in 2007, his independently […]

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Say it isn’t so!

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Daryl Hall and John Oates play Cincinnati’s PNC Pavilion By Rusty Pate Photo: Daryl Hall and John Oates will perform at PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati on May 11; photo: Mick Rock Daryl Hall and John Oates have been making music longer than most realize. It’s been more than 40 years since the duo released their debut […]

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Who’s your muse?

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Sideshow returns to the Yellow Cab By Rusty Pate Photo: Dayton Sideshow Nine is May 9-10 at the Yellow Cab building; photo: Jennifer Clarke Sideshow has become a fixture in the Dayton arts and music scene. Entering its ninth year, the two-day event serves as a lynchpin for the two communities. It also brings lovers of […]

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Everyone needs a little me time

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Dayton’s Me Time album release By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Andy Smith [left] and Kyle Melton [right] of Me Time; photo: Jordan Frei Me Time is the new band from the prolific Dayton-based singer-songwriter Andy Smith, who has recently played in the acclaimed bands King Elk and Andrew & the Pretty Punchers. Smith is joined by another […]

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Sister act

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Tegan and Sara ‘make things physical’ By Tim Anderl Photo: Tegan and Sara perform Thursday, May 8 at The Madison Theater in Covington, Ky; photo: Chris Buck The Quin sisters spent 2012 at the mercy of fate, which ultimately worked to their benefit. At the end of 2011, Tegan and Sara announced 2012 would bring the follow up […]

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Why should the fire die?

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Nickel Creek play Taft Theatre By Justin Kreitzer Photo:  Nickel Creek perform on May 6 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati; photo: Brantley Gutierrez To celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band, Nickel Creek – the trio featuring mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Sean Watkins and violinist Sara Watkins – have returned from a nine-year hiatus to […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]