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A Rollin’ Stone

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Trey Stone’s humor-tinged rock at Canal Street By Tim Anderl Photo: Trey Stone celebrates the release of Ahead of the Pack at Canal Street Tavern June 22; photo credit: Jennifer Taylor Clarke For 15 years, Trey Stone’s passion for music and comedy existed in harmony as he served as musical director for Chicago’s The Second City […]

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Don’t call it a comeback

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LL Cool J headlines ‘Kings of the Mic’ tour at Riverbend By Alan Sculley Photo: LL Cool J returns with new album Authenticand will appear with the Kings of the Mic tour at Riverbend on June 27 It’s been five years since LL Cool J has released an album – an eternity in the hip-hop world, […]

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Going solo

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Dayton metal veteran King Stench unveils new album By Gary Spencer Photo: King Stench brings new album Ungod to Hank’s Pub on July 13 Lots of bands have circulated in the Dayton underground over the years, but very few of those bands and musicians stand the test of time across a single decade, let alone multiples. […]

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Won’t you take me to Funkytown?

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Jah Soul brings a refreshing sound to Dayton  By Deon Jefferson Editor’s note: Jah Soul’s performance on June 15 was originally scheduled to take place at J-Alan’s, which recently closed. We would like to thank J-Alan’s for providing an eclectic, enthusiastic home for Dayton musicians over the years. What do you get when you combine […]

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Stronger For It

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Janiva Magness transformed by rhythm and blues By Tim Anderl Photo: Janiva Magness will perform on June 14 at Canal Street Tavern; photo credit: Peter Wochniak With more than three decades in the music business, American blues and soul singer/songwriter Janiva Magness is a stellar and studied entertainer who has emerged as one of the premier […]

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Gotta have Sister Faith

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Coliseum celebrates 10 years with new album and tour By Zach Rogers Photo: Coliseum [l to r] Kayhan Vaziri, Carter Wilson and Ryan Patterson; Photo credit: Nick Thieneman The Beatles broke up after 10 years together, but so what? This means nothing to Coliseum, a punk band from the punkiest of places, Louisville, Ky. Having just […]

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Ear to the tracks

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New albums to start off summer By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Fourth of July; photo credit: Nick Krug Artist: Fourth Of July // Album: Empty Moon // Label:  High Dive Records // Release Date: April 9, 2013  In April, Kansas-based band Fourth Of July released Empty Moon,their third album and debut for new K.C.-based label High Dive […]

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Transatlanticism

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This Is Thunder’s overseas collaboration yields ambitious debut By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Nopse [aka Marc Navoizat] and Jen Schnade of This is Thunder This Is Thunder grew out of a transatlantic bond and concrete desire to create together in spite of geographical boundaries. It takes a certain unity of vision to make a […]

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Dynamic duo

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Japandroids put the ‘wham, pow, bam’ in indie rock By Tim Anderl Photo: Japandroids play Columbus June 12 [l to r] Brian King and Dave Prowse; photo credit: Leigh Righton It is nearly impossible to fathom that the sound generated by two-piece Canadian rock phenomenon Japandroids isn’t the result of a much larger powerhouse sextet or […]

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Lords of light

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Torche blaze path for melodic metal By Tim Anderl Photo: Torche brings their melodic metal to Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Monday, June 3; Photo credit: Gary Copeland For the better part of the past decade, Miami, Fla. outfit Torche has emerged a triumphant and powerful quartet responsible for pioneering their own brand of groovy, melodic […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]