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Extraordinary Times

The High Strung Return with ¿Possible O Possible? By Kyle Melton After spending the better part of a decade touring the country virtually non-stop, Detroit-via Brooklyn-via Detroit indie rock juggernauts, The High Strung, find themselves in an unusual spot at the moment: off the road at home. That’s all about to change, however, as the […]

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Strange Waves

New Sounds from Across the Pond By Benjamin Smith Your writer turns 36 on June 15. Now, I don’t expect anything at all from Dayton on this occasion—except a massive music festival. Alas, other than certain local favorites, who would perform? Oasis is done, the Interpol chaps don’t return my phone calls, and I’m pretty […]

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Band of Brothers

Avett Brothers’ Roots Remain Strong Amidst Cancer Fight By Tim Anderl With a career lasting longer than a decade and producing some of the most raw and organic albums that combine bluegrass, folk and rock in modern music, and trips to Austin City Limits and the Grammys to perform with Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers […]

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Wishing Upon A Star

New Vega Chase Rock and Roll Dreams By Tim Anderl Taking their moniker from the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, Dayton- and Cincinnati-based quartet, New Vega, is a bold, contemporary modern rock band that is quickly becoming one of the most promising acts in Southern Ohio.  In 2009, the band released a self-titled, three-track […]

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Lions & Lambs

Minneapolis Outfit Communist Daughter Visits South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Second chances rarely come along. For Communist Daughter frontman, John Solomon, his self-destructive lifestyle in his previous band, Friends Like These, nearly cost him everything. With the inspiration from a young singer named Molly Moore [now his fiancee], Solomon got clean, retreated from city […]

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Sometimes The Summer Pledge Pledges To Play All The Time

May 22nd at South Park Tavern By W.C. Ruffnel As I was stumbling drunkenly through an alley the other morning shirtless and covered in dog hair, I had a self realization: The Summer Pledge is a kick-ass band.  At a time when every shitty kid with a guitar, a delay pedal and a dream is […]

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Maladies D’esprit

Dementia Precox Back Together to Continue the Musical Legacy of Gyn Cameron By Gary Spencer There are many Dayton artists whose musical contributions and legacies are well known and acknowledged all over the world such as Zapp’s Roger Troutman and Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard.  But for every one of those well known and respected […]

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…And The Wheels Keep Rolling On

And Are Now Recording a New Album By Nick Schwab Music is an art form that is often for disaffected youth. However, the Yellow Springs, Ohio band Wheels works as a sort of counterpoint to this belief. Whether it be Iggy Pop screaming “I Wanna Be Your Dog” or Tupac’s “Thug Life” movement, the rebellion […]

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Taste Responsibly

Big Brews and Blues Fest Invades Carillon Park By Kevin J. Gray Back for its third year, Big Brews and Blues Fest kicks off the outdoor party season at Carillon Park on Friday, May 18th. Smoking hot bands, craft beers on draught that spotlight Ohio breweries and delicious food punctuate this yearly fundraiser for Diabetes […]

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Rawcake And Bloody Fingers

Calgary’s Mares of Thrace Take A Metal Pilgrimage to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Sometimes the most compelling music comes from unexpected sources.  Enter the two-girl doom metal duo Mares of Thrace.  Hailing from the musically inconspicuous Canadian city of Calgary, the Mares have been honing their own take on the doom and sludge musical […]

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The Docket: 08/04

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee I said, ‘excuse me’ A man called in on […]

Art, it’s ALIVE!

A studio visit with Megan Smallwood By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Megan Smallwood, Griffin   My first and only physical encounter with […]

Sparks fly

Snapshot of community illuminated at DVAC open members’ show By Susan Byrnes Photo:Zach Steele, Wympee; photo: Patrick Mauk Everyone is […]

Chew on this: 08/04

Condiment conundrum By Jayne Powers   When buying food, we should focus on picking nutrient-rich foods that are low in […]

Advice Goddess: 08/04

By Amy Alkon   Requiem For A Scream I’m a 28-year-old woman in a relationship with a really great guy. […]

Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]