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Hometown Glory

Why Dayton beats to the sound of its own drum By Keith Bange When most people speak of their hometown and the pride that they take in the things that make their town what it is, music is a very large part in some circles. A local music scene is a very important cog in […]

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The Proof

The Bengsons Bring Vaudeville to Canal Street Tavern By Matt Clevenger It was a chance meeting in New York City that gave birth to husband and wife folk-rock duo the Bengsons and their story reads like a scene straight out of a Broadway musical. “We actually met because we were playing in somebody else’s band […]

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Getting Outside Residential

Does Dayton Hold a Place for ALL Musicians? By Kathleen Cahill A true renaissance was once taking hold, creating magic in the air on the streets of Dayton. The cultural scene seemed to be thriving with art and music events held outside the realm of local bars. Just a few years ago, Dayton held a […]

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10 for ’10

The 10 Best Records of 2010 By Christopher Schutte Only a healthy dose of critical distance will reveal whether music in 2010 was everything it was purported to be. Some critics claim it was the best ever, others claim it was the beginning of the end (that’s what Lady Gaga does to some people). Truth […]

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Amor or Armor

Dayton’s Dirty Socialites Plan Debut Album Release By Matt Clevenger Local indie/alternative rockers the Dirty Socialites are off to a good start in 2011, with their debut album “Amor or Armor” set for release early this year and a series of upcoming shows planned throughout January and February. “We’re just putting the finishing touches on […]

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Getting bare (and unplugged)

Dayton’s acoustic music scene revealed By Keith Bange The acoustic music scene. In every major city, and most minor ones, watering holes, coffee shops, parks and sidewalks offer a glimpse into the most available and sincere forms of music that a city has to offer. Across the country, denizens from the suburbs with acoustic guitars […]

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Uke or die

Henrique Couto Strips Down to His Ukulele By Kyle Melton While Dayton has long served as a breeding ground for musicians employing a bevy of instruments from guitars to synths to mandolins, the humble four-string ukulele seems to have made little impact on Dayton music. Armed with an amplified version of the ukulele, one exceptionally […]

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A Year of Music

2010 in the Dayton music scene By Kyle Melton While much of the Miami Valley remains unaware of the Dayton indie music scene, 2010 showed some potential for reversing that trend in the coming years. On many levels the indie music community here in the Gem City presented itself collectively as a productive scene, issuing […]

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Viva Variety!

Local shows offer many options on New Year’s Eve By Matt Clevenger From blues to punk, reggae and even classical, the Dayton music scene offers a live show to suit just about any taste this New Year’s Eve. For the adventurous, one of the wildest shows in town will be old-school punk rockers Legbone at […]

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Better Than the Worst…

Second Rate Citizens Bring Back Old-School Punk/Hardcore By Matt Clevenger It’s only been a year since Second Rate Citizens first got together, but the Troy-based punk/hardcore group has already accomplished as much as many more established acts. The band caps off a series of successful local shows with an appearance at the Brewery on Friday, […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]