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Young, loud, but not snotty

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PUBLIC brings upbeat vibes to South Park Tavern  By Zach Rogers One minute, you’re playing in a battle of the bands competition at a local bar. The next you’re making phone calls, getting in the studio and expanding your sound in ways you never thought possible. Such is the story of PUBLIC, a young band […]

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The Devil in the details

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Dayton bands discuss their recent releases By Tim Anderl While the bond between fan and band is forged in the music that is burned to CD, pressed to wax, offered digitally or performed in a live setting, a musician or band is married to their music from conception through birth. What many casual listeners overlook […]

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Rock n’ roll’s got soul

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Dan Raridan & the Calientes rock South Park Tavern  By Zach Rogers Rock n’ roll and Dayton are two things that go hand in hand. From what I’ve seen and heard, it’s been that way for a while. Maybe that’s why Dan Raridan just won’t let go of his love for Dayton and the music […]

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Impish robots, dark stars, flying horsemen and wonderful toys

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Four albums you have to buy or die By Benjamin Smith Hell is holiday shopping. Oh, how I loathe the upcoming exercises in self-induced anxiety and advertising-induced excess. Purchase or perish! For me, it’s bad enough that I don’t know what to buy people anymore; worse still is the fact that I don’t know if […]

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I’m keeping the beat

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Motel Beds drummer Ian Kaplan discusses new album By W.C. Ruffnel The Motel Beds actively and negatively reinforce the opposite of several altruistic truths pertaining to rock n’ roll. The first of these is that rock n’ roll is a young man’s game – all pushing past their mid-thirties, the Motel Beds are comprised of […]

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Heroes and villains

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Action Camp serves up sunshine and darkness on one electronic platter By Zach Rogers Action Camp constantly contradicts labels and genres. One minute they sound like some sort of futuristic, electronic surf band, the next there’s a sludgy guitar riff that pushes the sunshine right out the door. In the end, it creates a distinct […]

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Their way and the highway

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Detroit’s Koffin Kats bring non-stop psychobilly tour to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer There’s an ages-old saying that suggests there is “no rest for the wicked.” If that adage is indeed true, Detroit punk-gone-psychobilly trio Koffin Kats must truly be evil. Formed nearly a decade ago in the Motor City by upright bass guitarist and […]

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The end of the tunnel

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Riley discuss suicide in their EP series By Nick Schwab The saying goes: “Oh, to be young again.” Children have it so easy. They don’t yet realize that the mirthful and sunny side of life has a depressing underbelly. It works in music, too. Certain music can be likened to one’s carefree childhood, as it […]

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Quiet noise

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Six Organs of Admittance bring beautiful obscurity to Ohio By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Christopher Altenburg of MonsterFresh.com The music of Six Organs of Admittance, the name given to the noisy psych-folk project of Ben Chasny, is airy, melodic and ear-biting all at the same time. It leaps out of the speakers, wrapping itself around […]

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Beat pusher, crowd shaker, savvy money maker

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Local DJ Tony DeSaro is a key figure in Dayton’s notoriously fragmented dance music scene By Wu W.A.N.G Tony DeSaro is about making things happen. This Dayton DJ’s name is everywhere these days, whether he’s involved with high-profile music events throughout the Midwest, particularly Dayton and Columbus, or playing “hella tight” sets at a house […]

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Hello hello

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Perkins says Goodbye, Eddy’s Crusher says hello By Tim Anderl The spirit of innovation here in Dayton runs deep. It’s apparent in the technologies and inventions that our hometown heroes share with the world. The spirit is also alive and well in our music scene. That said, it’s no surprise that the musicians behind Goodbye/Crusher […]

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Devils look like angels

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band visits Cincinnati By Alan Sculley In years past, Josh Peyton and the studio have never been best buddies. Sure, the man who leads the rootsy rock trio the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band had made albums – five full-lengths and two EPs, in fact. But the studio never felt […]

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Jingle bell metal

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Psychostick brings “Holiday Hate” to Dayton By Gary Spencer The holiday season is upon us, and there are more than a few people out there who absolutely abhor this time of year. Whether it’s the glutted roads leading to and from the mall areas backing up traffic or the annoyance caused by Christmas music blaring […]

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A halo as a disco ball

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Andy D fires up the party! By Zach Rogers There are angels on the dance floor, and nobody seems to know what the hell they’re doing there. Nobody except for Andy D. To him, it seems perfectly normal to have angels getting their boogie on underneath a disco ball, and there are probably a lot […]

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Treading new ground

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Wheels head in ambitious directions By Tim Anderl Though it is perhaps more likely that a confident Americana quintet would emerge from the streets of Yellow Springs than someplace in the U.K. (i.e. Mumford & Sons), it’s still surprising that five guys barely out of high school would emerge so fully-formed, refined and with an […]

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New tunes for end times

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Questionable health, haunted people, wintry pop and electric sex By Benjamin Smith As I write this article, a colossal storm is slamming the East Coast, a toxic presidential election is reaching fever pitch, many are hoping for some sort of apocalypse on Dec. 21 – and I think I have the plague. ‘Tis a bleak […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]