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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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Busy bees

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Boston’s Pretty & Nice return to Dayton with new EP By Kyle Melton Imagine a steady stream of propulsive songs with undeniable hooks. Now, run it though unfiltered electrical current. Now filter it through the Zappa-meet-no wave sensibility. You’ve inadvertently just come face to face with the demented pop universe that is Boston’s Pretty & […]

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Shine a light

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Nine False Suns’ focused final performance By Timothy Anderl There comes a time in the lifespan of every rock n’ roll band (unless you’re The Rolling Stones or U2), where members reach a difficult crossroads and face choosing between divergent paths or continuing on with a machine that may not be firing on all cylinders. […]

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Ultimate dance music: ultimate dance floor

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CNTRL: Beyond EDM invades Masque By Wu W.A.N.G. The Dayton party scene will be on par with the larger metropolitan areas of New York, Quebec or Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 15 as CNTRL: BEYOND EDM makes a tour stop at Club Masque. Prime Social Group, based in Columbus, and Disco Donnie are producing this Midwest […]

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Holding on to hope

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Hawthorne Heights brings uncanny optimism to new EP, television By Tim Anderl Most bands would have called it a day having weathered the heartbreaking losses (of founding guitarist Casey Calvert), naysayers and label purgatory problems that Hawthorne Heights experienced over the course of their decade-long career. But rolling with the considerable punches and pitfalls they’ve […]

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Is that Honest Abe?

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Roots/country musician Justin Townes Earle is unusually heartfelt and honest By Nick Schwab The star complex is often, in fact, a veil; a sort of mask that hides the artist’s real problems from the world. Stars are often just as dishonest as politicians are.  It’s less problematic and one admits they have a good reason […]

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A man of many talents

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Keith Moody brings his unique blend to South Park Tavern By Zach Rogers Music today can sometimes feel like a constant barrage of sound, and it’s often hard to pin down an artist to one specific genre. The trick now is to see who can gather these influences correctly and make something worth listening to. […]

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Funky is as Del does

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Bay Area MC makes a Gem City stop to drop some Hip-Hop By Wu W.A.N.G. Del The Funky Homosapien’s mellow phone style reveals that he’s very comfortable with himself and where music has taken him. He’s been hitting the stage to rock shows during the Lyricist Lounge and Rock The Bells tours, taking the stage […]

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Debauchery never dies

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My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult celebrates 25 years of industrial dance madness By Gary Spencer On paper, My Life with the Thrill Kult should have been a short-lived musical project.  In fact, in the beginning it wasn’t even conceived as a musical group. As the brainchild of Frankie Nardiello (aka Groovie Mann) and […]

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Doing Terrible Things

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Fred Mascherino revives band for Dayton stop By Tim Anderl What started as a chance meeting between guitarist Fred Mascherino – a humble, but dedicated, guitarist from Pennsylvania – and me in a living room in Athens, Ohio, in the 00s, blossomed into a long-running friendship and an invitation to play in the Gem City. […]

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Back to the future

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Robthebank celebrates comeback with first LP By Tim Anderl When Dayton City Paper last caught up with Robthebank, a once-prominent fixture in the Gem City’s underground 90s-era music scene, the band had resurrected itself in 2011 from a decade-plus-long coma that threatened to leave the act inked onto the pages of Dayton’s music lore.  Proving […]

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Breakbeat bass in your face!

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Dayton’s dance scene pops with Elton Mack By Wu W.A.N.G. For one local DJ, life is good and getting better. Elton Mack is one part family man, helping to raise three children all under the age of nine, one part DJ – who is getting booked so often, that the weekends are starting to run […]

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Psychotic past and present

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Legendary underground metal band Radiation Sickness back from the dead By Gary Spencer Some bands are meant to stay broken up and left for dead – especially bands who were so underground in the first place that their disappearance may not even have been on many fans’ radars.  But the chosen few of those cult […]

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Here they are now . . .

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Ringo Deathstarr wants to entertain us! By Tim Anderl When some musicians grow up, they abandon teen angst and volume, picking up those dusty acoustic guitars, trying desperately to channel Neil Young and Springsteen.  Others remain comfortable in their well-worn Nirvana shirts, channeling age and experience into faster and louder mind-melting exploits.  The phenomenon that […]

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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 […]