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End of the line


Okay Lindon rides off into the sunset with last album and farewell show By Rusty Pate Okay Lindon has spent the better part of the last decade forging their unique brand of pop music, and their upcoming release, Everything Will Work Out Fine, will be the band’s last. The main creative force behind the band […]

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Let them speak

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Austin’s Agent Ribbons make art and music of old into something new By Gary Spencer There are occasions when music and art inspired by the past are melded together to create something different, new and intriguing.  Such is the case with the two-woman duo Agent Ribbons.  Originally hailing from Sacramento, Calif., but now residing in […]

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Finding true north

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Stars support sixth album with Cincinnati stop By Tim Anderl Stars are lovers, not fighters.  And operating under the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid) when it comes to the ingredients of a compelling pop song, Stars’ narratives have long told stories of love, beauty and relationships while the music soars with sweeping bombast.  Remarkably, […]

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Are you experienced?


Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival returns By Tim Anderl Harnessing a hard-fought-and-won, 11-year tradition for bringing hundreds of national and international musical frontrunners to Southwestern Ohio for a days-long, annual event, MidPoint Music Festival returns to downtown Cincinnati this week.  Unparalleled in this part of the country, and taking place in the city’s Over-the-Rhine district Thursday, […]

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Raising the dead


Holy Ghost Tent Revival Does Canal Street By Nick Schwab Holy Ghost Tent revival is a band that started as a sweet and gentle folk band, but has since gotten louder while still retaining their heart and soul. It is the type of music that one can listen to while laying back looking at a […]

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One rhyme at a time

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Yellow Springs’ Village Fam lights up Peach’s Grill By Zach Rogers Yellow Springs is certainly a popular place for any Ohioan to visit, due to a variety of different activities and attractions the village proudly offers. Music is without question at the top of this list, but rap music in particular may not be the […]

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No peanut butter here. Just jam!

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Werk Out Festival’s third year moves to Legend Valley By Nick Schwab The Wizard of Oz was far ahead of its time with its classic mantra, “There’s no place like home.” Whether the red carpet has been brought out for you like a movie star or royalty, the comfort of “home” is a beautiful thing. […]

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Yes, Virginia, there’s really rock n’ roll in Nashville


Cheap Time rocks South Park Tavern By Zach Rogers The whole “garage rock” revival might be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there who have forgotten how it should sound. Cheap Time, hailing from Nashville, Tenn., is a band who captures this sort of reckless abandon to perfection. […]

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Playing with fire

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Bassel and the Supernaturals heat up behind new release Dreamer By Rusty Pate Bassel Al-Madani sits in his apartment on a seemingly ordinary night. The Kent, Ohio native began recording albums in 2008 and he now finds himself living in Chicago with his latest album, Dreamer, freshly completed with his group, Bassel and the Supernaturals. […]

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Bow down!


Naughty rapper Blowfly brings his “nastiness” to Dayton By Wu W.A.N.G. Sure, many of us might desire to transform into another person or test drive another personality, but to do it in public, in front of an audience? Well … maybe not. For thirty odd years less than a century, Clarence Reid obviously has seen […]

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I gotsta get paid

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ZZ Top return with new album, La Futura By Alan Sculley It would appear that one word Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has learned when it comes to work on the long-awaited new CD, La Futura, by the band is patience. The project has been under way for several years now, and plenty of fans […]

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Carving desert canyons


Carving desert canyons Scale the Summit brings heavy instrumental progression to Dayton By Gary Spencer There are two words in the popular musical lexicon that are bound to divide or unite audiences, and those two words are often “progressive” and “instrumental.”  And if you throw the term “heavy metal” into the mix, things get even […]

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Chicago’s Voice of Addiction to join local punk favorites


Politically-minded punks punk our minds By W.C. Ruffnel From the Voice of Addiction Facebook: “To my family and friends. There was no permanent damage. I got 6 stitches inside and 25 outside and suffered extreme blood loss. I will not be able to walk for a long and/or drive for a long time. To my […]

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New album, new beef

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Self-released Abertooth Lincoln vs. The All-American Beef Battalion hits streets By W.C. Ruffnel Abertooth Lincoln is a band not compromised of humans. This is a writhing, squeaming entity that performs at top velocity. The ‘Tooth has shown time and time again with their topsy-turvy song structures and high energy performances that this is the one […]

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Strange Waves


New sounds from across the pond By Benjamin Smith Your writer is getting married to a wonderful woman on Sept. 7. One of the countless wedding details we’ve obsessed over this summer together concerns the reception setlist. I’m pretty pleased with the final selection: Beatles, Motown, James Brown, disco-era Rolling Stones, early Madonna and even […]

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Look alive!

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Sleep Fleet celebrates release of Morris Drive at South Park Tavern By W.C. Ruffnel Sleep Fleet is a band that have been tooling around Dayton and surrounding areas for some time, making a name for themselves by not only being loud as fuck but playing wonderfully melodious and equally devastating punk songs. Their first effort, […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]