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I’m keeping the beat

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Motel Beds drummer Ian Kaplan discusses new album By W.C. Ruffnel The Motel Beds actively and negatively reinforce the opposite of several altruistic truths pertaining to rock n’ roll. The first of these is that rock n’ roll is a young man’s game – all pushing past their mid-thirties, the Motel Beds are comprised of […]

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Heroes and villains

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Action Camp serves up sunshine and darkness on one electronic platter By Zach Rogers Action Camp constantly contradicts labels and genres. One minute they sound like some sort of futuristic, electronic surf band, the next there’s a sludgy guitar riff that pushes the sunshine right out the door. In the end, it creates a distinct […]

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Their way and the highway

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Detroit’s Koffin Kats bring non-stop psychobilly tour to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer There’s an ages-old saying that suggests there is “no rest for the wicked.” If that adage is indeed true, Detroit punk-gone-psychobilly trio Koffin Kats must truly be evil. Formed nearly a decade ago in the Motor City by upright bass guitarist and […]

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The end of the tunnel

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Riley discuss suicide in their EP series By Nick Schwab The saying goes: “Oh, to be young again.” Children have it so easy. They don’t yet realize that the mirthful and sunny side of life has a depressing underbelly. It works in music, too. Certain music can be likened to one’s carefree childhood, as it […]

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Quiet noise

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Six Organs of Admittance bring beautiful obscurity to Ohio By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Christopher Altenburg of MonsterFresh.com The music of Six Organs of Admittance, the name given to the noisy psych-folk project of Ben Chasny, is airy, melodic and ear-biting all at the same time. It leaps out of the speakers, wrapping itself around […]

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Beat pusher, crowd shaker, savvy money maker

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Local DJ Tony DeSaro is a key figure in Dayton’s notoriously fragmented dance music scene By Wu W.A.N.G Tony DeSaro is about making things happen. This Dayton DJ’s name is everywhere these days, whether he’s involved with high-profile music events throughout the Midwest, particularly Dayton and Columbus, or playing “hella tight” sets at a house […]

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Hello hello

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Perkins says Goodbye, Eddy’s Crusher says hello By Tim Anderl The spirit of innovation here in Dayton runs deep. It’s apparent in the technologies and inventions that our hometown heroes share with the world. The spirit is also alive and well in our music scene. That said, it’s no surprise that the musicians behind Goodbye/Crusher […]

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Devils look like angels

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band visits Cincinnati By Alan Sculley In years past, Josh Peyton and the studio have never been best buddies. Sure, the man who leads the rootsy rock trio the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band had made albums – five full-lengths and two EPs, in fact. But the studio never felt […]

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Jingle bell metal

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Psychostick brings “Holiday Hate” to Dayton By Gary Spencer The holiday season is upon us, and there are more than a few people out there who absolutely abhor this time of year. Whether it’s the glutted roads leading to and from the mall areas backing up traffic or the annoyance caused by Christmas music blaring […]

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A halo as a disco ball

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Andy D fires up the party! By Zach Rogers There are angels on the dance floor, and nobody seems to know what the hell they’re doing there. Nobody except for Andy D. To him, it seems perfectly normal to have angels getting their boogie on underneath a disco ball, and there are probably a lot […]

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Treading new ground

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Wheels head in ambitious directions By Tim Anderl Though it is perhaps more likely that a confident Americana quintet would emerge from the streets of Yellow Springs than someplace in the U.K. (i.e. Mumford & Sons), it’s still surprising that five guys barely out of high school would emerge so fully-formed, refined and with an […]

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New tunes for end times

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Questionable health, haunted people, wintry pop and electric sex By Benjamin Smith As I write this article, a colossal storm is slamming the East Coast, a toxic presidential election is reaching fever pitch, many are hoping for some sort of apocalypse on Dec. 21 – and I think I have the plague. ‘Tis a bleak […]

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Busy bees

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Boston’s Pretty & Nice return to Dayton with new EP By Kyle Melton Imagine a steady stream of propulsive songs with undeniable hooks. Now, run it though unfiltered electrical current. Now filter it through the Zappa-meet-no wave sensibility. You’ve inadvertently just come face to face with the demented pop universe that is Boston’s Pretty & […]

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Shine a light

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Nine False Suns’ focused final performance By Timothy Anderl There comes a time in the lifespan of every rock n’ roll band (unless you’re The Rolling Stones or U2), where members reach a difficult crossroads and face choosing between divergent paths or continuing on with a machine that may not be firing on all cylinders. […]

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Ultimate dance music: ultimate dance floor

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CNTRL: Beyond EDM invades Masque By Wu W.A.N.G. The Dayton party scene will be on par with the larger metropolitan areas of New York, Quebec or Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 15 as CNTRL: BEYOND EDM makes a tour stop at Club Masque. Prime Social Group, based in Columbus, and Disco Donnie are producing this Midwest […]

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Holding on to hope

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Hawthorne Heights brings uncanny optimism to new EP, television By Tim Anderl Most bands would have called it a day having weathered the heartbreaking losses (of founding guitarist Casey Calvert), naysayers and label purgatory problems that Hawthorne Heights experienced over the course of their decade-long career. But rolling with the considerable punches and pitfalls they’ve […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]