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Hot Faux Metallica

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ONE Rocks McGuffy’s Metallica Style By Gary Spencer There’s an old saying that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  There is perhaps no other scenario where that saying holds true as much as it does when it comes to tribute bands.  Whereas some tribute acts are merely concerned with sounding like the real […]

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Thank Me Later

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Drake Brings “Club Paradise” tour to Riverbend Music Center By Alan Sculley Drake begins his “Club Paradise” tour knowing that headlining what looks to be the summer’s biggest R&B/hip-hop tour means that this is more than doing a show for his fans. It’s a responsibility. “I hope that they’ll look at the production, look at […]

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Extraordinary Times

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The High Strung Return with ¿Possible O Possible? By Kyle Melton After spending the better part of a decade touring the country virtually non-stop, Detroit-via Brooklyn-via Detroit indie rock juggernauts, The High Strung, find themselves in an unusual spot at the moment: off the road at home. That’s all about to change, however, as the […]

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Strange Waves

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New Sounds from Across the Pond By Benjamin Smith Your writer turns 36 on June 15. Now, I don’t expect anything at all from Dayton on this occasion—except a massive music festival. Alas, other than certain local favorites, who would perform? Oasis is done, the Interpol chaps don’t return my phone calls, and I’m pretty […]

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Band of Brothers

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Avett Brothers’ Roots Remain Strong Amidst Cancer Fight By Tim Anderl With a career lasting longer than a decade and producing some of the most raw and organic albums that combine bluegrass, folk and rock in modern music, and trips to Austin City Limits and the Grammys to perform with Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers […]

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Wishing Upon A Star

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New Vega Chase Rock and Roll Dreams By Tim Anderl Taking their moniker from the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, Dayton- and Cincinnati-based quartet, New Vega, is a bold, contemporary modern rock band that is quickly becoming one of the most promising acts in Southern Ohio.  In 2009, the band released a self-titled, three-track […]

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Lions & Lambs

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Minneapolis Outfit Communist Daughter Visits South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Second chances rarely come along. For Communist Daughter frontman, John Solomon, his self-destructive lifestyle in his previous band, Friends Like These, nearly cost him everything. With the inspiration from a young singer named Molly Moore [now his fiancee], Solomon got clean, retreated from city […]

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Sometimes The Summer Pledge Pledges To Play All The Time

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May 22nd at South Park Tavern By W.C. Ruffnel As I was stumbling drunkenly through an alley the other morning shirtless and covered in dog hair, I had a self realization: The Summer Pledge is a kick-ass band.  At a time when every shitty kid with a guitar, a delay pedal and a dream is […]

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Maladies D’esprit

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Dementia Precox Back Together to Continue the Musical Legacy of Gyn Cameron By Gary Spencer There are many Dayton artists whose musical contributions and legacies are well known and acknowledged all over the world such as Zapp’s Roger Troutman and Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard.  But for every one of those well known and respected […]

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…And The Wheels Keep Rolling On

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And Are Now Recording a New Album By Nick Schwab Music is an art form that is often for disaffected youth. However, the Yellow Springs, Ohio band Wheels works as a sort of counterpoint to this belief. Whether it be Iggy Pop screaming “I Wanna Be Your Dog” or Tupac’s “Thug Life” movement, the rebellion […]

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Taste Responsibly

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Big Brews and Blues Fest Invades Carillon Park By Kevin J. Gray Back for its third year, Big Brews and Blues Fest kicks off the outdoor party season at Carillon Park on Friday, May 18th. Smoking hot bands, craft beers on draught that spotlight Ohio breweries and delicious food punctuate this yearly fundraiser for Diabetes […]

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Rawcake And Bloody Fingers

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Calgary’s Mares of Thrace Take A Metal Pilgrimage to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Sometimes the most compelling music comes from unexpected sources.  Enter the two-girl doom metal duo Mares of Thrace.  Hailing from the musically inconspicuous Canadian city of Calgary, the Mares have been honing their own take on the doom and sludge musical […]

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The Dirty Clergy Won’t Be Kept Down

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Regardless of Facing Blind Criticism, Art Will Prevail By Nick Schwab Despite The Dirty Clergy facing hometown ridicule in their largely religious and conservative city of Winfield, Alabama, the band hopes to start the new rock and roll transmission. Are you already receiving on their frequency? “A lot of the people [here] ask about the […]

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Mad Anthony

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Cincinnati’s Angriest Tonys Love This City By W.C. Ruffnel Sometimes, three folks are better than four. In the case of Cincinnati’s Mad Anthony, that’s clearly true. Having once had a bass, the now two-guitared-one-drumkit attack of these fellas is an exploration in the sonically sound and fucking-fist-pumping perversion of rock and roll. To see them […]

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Expect The Unexpected

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The Circus Collective Presents: The Sideshow By Kyle Metlon For those of you heading out to Urban Nights this coming weekend, you’re certain to encounter a variety of experiences throughout downtown Dayton and beyond. Out on the fringes of downtown at Fourth and Walnut, however, you’ll come across an independently produced event showcasing an eclectic […]

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A Lust for Good Sound

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New Albums to Enjoy This Spring By Benjamin Smith I dig sex. Sex is good (usually). It is also synonymous with this season, at least in my mind: warmer weather, less clothing, longer nights. Listen to the birdsong at dawn — you know why the robins chirp. Nature is buzzed and ready to get some. […]

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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 […]