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Season of Black Reign

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Brooklyn’s Mutilation Rites Brings Black Metal Dementia to Dayton By Gary Spencer While there is a lot of good heavy metal being produced locally, it seems lately that more and more nationally known touring acts are finally coming to play in the Gem City.  While this is far from a bad thing, one thing Dayton […]

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Speaking of Mac Miller

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Criticism, In An Age When Criticism is Dead By Ben Dale Mac Miller is finding unlikely success as a white rapper in a hip-hop culture that normally excludes such anomalies.  Boosh. Though the idea is a rehash, there is something markedly different about Mr. Miller, a certain je ne sais quoi that distinguishes him from […]

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Burn Down The System To Build One Anew

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Moving From A Major Label Reveals Van Hunts’ Heart By Nick Schwab “I just moved on,” says Dayton soul artist Van Hunt when he tells of his shift from working with a major label to being an independent artist. If one were to research the story of the Blue Note label shelving his still-not-officially released […]

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Pure Imagination

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Michael Bashaw, Sō Percussion and DECA Students Collaborate for One-of-a-kind Performance By Tim Anderl Walking through the dusty hallways of the a former sewing machine factory, the more than a century old building where Michael Bashaw keeps his studio, it is difficult to imagine the wondrously inventive sculptures, installations, collaborations and music that have taken […]

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Strange, Over the Status Quo

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In An Age Of Automatic Factory Pop By Benjamin Smith During high school I played guitar in a three-piece called Mystical Penis. We were terrible. Striving to emulate Pink Floyd, we somehow produced porn music. We also rarely practiced, and performed live only once – in my parents’ backyard for my graduation party. Being 18, […]

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Unafraid of the Dark

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Vagora Conjures Musical Dark Arts By Timothy Anderl When guitarist TB Monstrosity (aka Tracy Byrd) realized that he was no longer fully invested in writing and performing with horror punk powerhouse Blitzkid after a 15 year run, the band agreed to draw the curtains on their monster movie-inspired act and hang up their devilocks.  Though […]

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Goofing Around

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Shooting The Breeze with The Color Bars By Nick Schwab Who said work has to be serious all the time? Sometimes monotony and repetition gives way to unserious behavior. Call it goofing off, or say one just likes to mix things up, but the fact remains that when work takes on an irregular pattern … […]

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Riding Dirty

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Dirty Socialites Maintain DIY Ethos By Tim Anderl In 2012, it is becoming common place for independent bands to leverage social networking sites like Facebook in creating and communicating with their fanbase, and donation sites like Kickstarter to supplement recording and pressing their latest output.  For Dayton’s Dirty Socialites, a group of musicians with decades […]

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Katz Scratch Fever

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Cherry Lee and The Daddy Katz Kruze-In for Rockabilly Resurrection By Gary Spencer There are many styles of music being purveyed by local musicians, everything from hip hop to harsh noise.  And seemingly for years, music of a greater vintage such as classic country and rockabilly has been nowhere to be seen or heard … […]

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Sounds of Violence

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British Metal Stalwarts Onslaught Bring Thrash Attack to Dayton By Gary Spencer When most people think about classic thrash metal from the 1980s certain names come to mind.  Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer are among the most famous artists associated with the genre.  But just like with nearly every other musical genre or era, there […]

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You Want It All? You Want MusicNOW!

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Festival Offers Rare Convergence of Music’s Best and Most Adventurous By Tim Anderl Creating an annual music festival designed to bring the world’s most creative composers and artists together for never — or rarely — before seen collaborations is an undertaking of incredible magnitude.  For Bryce Dessner, a former Cincinnati boy, composer and guitarist for […]

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I Finally Gave Into the Feeling

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Me & Mountains Release Feral on Vinyl By Kyle Melton In 2009, Me & Mountains burst onto the Dayton scene with a highly polished indie pop/rock sound that quickly caught the attention of audiences around town. Their self-titled debut EP evidenced a band with an uncanny penchant for infectious composition and no-frills arrangements, channeling the […]

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It’s Alive … With Music

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Artist, Engineer Brings Musical Robots to Dayton By Tim Anderl In the 1950s, children armed themselves with the phrase “Klaatu barada nikto” and pulled covers over their heads each night with the fear that The Day The Earth Stood Still’s large robot Gort might appear with laser eyes threatening to disintegrate them. In 2012, and […]

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Happy Accidents

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Water Liars Make No Mistake with Stunning Debut By Tim Anderl Some of music’s greatest achievements are happy accidents.  The right musicians, in the right place at a time when the planets and melodies align in a way that produces soul-singing, is destined to tickle the ears and hearts of listeners.  Recorded on a whim, […]

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Absinthe Junk Goes Down Just Fine

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Open Your Mind, Put This Band in Your Cocktail By Nick Schwab If music is alchemy, then why should one regress? It’s a simple but mind-boggling answer. Musical devolution or streamlining a common sound gets you fame and fortune. Progression often gets head scratching or falls on deaf ears. However, at least those who progress reveal […]

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Prior Pop-Rockers Get Angry

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Cloud Nothings’ Attack On Memory, Rife with Anger and Uncertainty By Nick Schwab When sifting through Cloud Nothings’ catalogue, remember to tread softly, because you might be treading on the times of your lost years. Call it the Wonder Years, call it Step By Step, call it My So Called Life, call it what you will, […]

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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 […]