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Front row: The Freewheelin’ Wheels

If Brian Wilson had started the Beach Boys in 1930s Kentucky, they would have sounded like Wheels. The Yellow Springs folk prodigies possess a maturity and depth far beyond their years. No band member is older than 16. They sing songs of love lost and nostalgic ballads for sweet home Ohio. Hearing them, you’d think […]

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Front row: Mitch Mitchell’s Terrifying Experience

Wednesday 4/20 Omega Music The Terrifying Experience is the brainchild of Guided by Voices guitarist Mitch Mitchell, following the breakup of the “classic” GBV lineup in the mid-1990s. The band’s status as an ongoing musical entity has changed almost as many times as the band members have since their first appearance on record in 1996. […]

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Spreading the dark gospel

Dayton black metal horde Bringers of Disease celebrate newest release at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Not all music being made in Dayton these days is of the “fun” variety.  Dark musical rumblings have been crawling their way out of the local music underground and up to the show circuit on occasion to shock sensibilities […]

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Healthy Spines

Captain of Industry Return After Two-Year Hiatus By Kyle Melton For anyone familiar with the embarrassment of musical riches springing forth from the humble fountain of Dayton, the name Captain of Industry surely stands as one of the most singular voices of the last decade. Formed from the ashes of Pigeye Jackson in 2002, Captain […]

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Front Row: Record Store Day

Omega Music, 4/16/2011 By Gary Spencer The first-ever national Record Store Day celebration at the new Omega Music location in the Oregon District proved to be a huge event for participating bands, customers and the store itself. People from as far away as North Carolina populated the day’s festivities, most of whom left the store […]

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Front Row: Buffalo Killers

Canal Street Tavern, 4/29/11 By Benjamin Dale There once was a time when you could turn on a Top 40 radio station and actually hear songs that you liked – songs that you knew you would listen to for as long as you lived. There was a time when musicians wrote their own songs, played […]

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Bluegrass is greener on the Ohio side

Newfound Road brings high-energy live show to Dayton By Gary Spencer There are probably many readers and music listeners who are unaware of the ongoing (and surging) popularity of bluegrass and acoustic/roots music in the U.S.  One such band that is thriving below the radar of mainstream music is NewFound Road, a Franklin, Ohio-based group […]

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Lab Partners, Dead Rider, C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks

4/1/2011 Canal Street Tavern By Gary Spencer Another Friday night, another rock show at the long-time Dayton performance staple, Canal Street Tavern. Kicking off the night’s festivities was C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks, a Dayton band that plays fast-paced, instrumental rock ‘n’ roll with a boogie-woogie swing. And what makes this band swing is the tight-as-Botoxed-skin […]

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Guided by Vices

New releases worth a listen By Christopher Schutte One of the perks of being a music writer for the Dayton City Paper is that I receive a bunch of free music before its release date. Like many other things in life (such as 89 cent Taco Bell burritos and Robert DeNiro films), this is both […]

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Mothers Meat

Chicago’s Dead Rider Return with The Raw Dents By Kyle Melton In a musical climate where virtually anything goes, it’s easy for recombinations of musical elements to fail to achieve anything beyond pastiche. In the hands of skilled craftspeople, however, there is a frontier of musical exploration standing open for innovation. For Chicago’s Dead Rider, […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]