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Playing in the Band


Tribute Bands Keep the Music Alive By Rusty Pate The band members take their places on stage and quickly tune up. A smattering of plucked notes and random drum beats melts into the fan favorite “China Cat Sunflower.” Throughout the crowd, hippies bop and twirl as a thick haze of smoke begins to rise. The […]

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Diamonds in the Rough


Music You Should Hear… Or Shouldn’t By Nick Schwab A Place To Bury Strangers—Worship [Dead Oceans] The shoegazers, A Place to Bury Strangers, can often be called a retooling — in this case of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3– but this comparison is not a restriction, but rather a compliment. They are […]

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They Only Come Out at Night

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The Dark Unity festival makes its debut in Dayton at Club Aquarius By Gary Spencer Gothic and industrial music culture has been a much maligned and misunderstood one in the history of contemporary music. In more instances than not, goth/industrial culture and lifestyle has been relegated to the fringes or pushed so far underground that […]

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Fraze Gets Nekked


Barenaked Ladies Deliver Hits and More Outdoors By Alan Sculley In putting together “Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before!” – the new compilation of unreleased and rare tracks — the four members of the Barenaked Ladies got the chance to take a trip back to their early years as a band. That’s what […]

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Strange Waves


Sounds from Fixers, Marty Graveyard, Benjamin Herman and Hot Chip By Benjamin Smith Forsooth, an awful funk permeates our city, radiating the attitudinal stench of some decaying river-beast. Dayton lies stagnant in the summer doldrums. You can spy it in our scowls, perceive it in our pissant Facebook posts: ennui, apathy, listlessness. Methinks we need […]

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Who’s Your Daddy?

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Gas Daddy Go! pumps out hot King Elk and Me & Mountains jams By Tim Anderl In a recent issue of Columbus’ The Other Paper, Kevin Elliott (formerly of 84 Nash), told writer Joel Oliphant that Dayton is experiencing a musical renaissance.  Though he didn’t exactly elaborate on where the “renaissance” originated, the catalog of […]

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Livin’ in the Now


Paleface Looks Neither to his Past nor the Future By Nick Schwab Paleface lives in the here and now because it does not make sense to be passé, while the future is always unpredictable. He also doesn’t want to restrict or limit himself and his music solely by words created by others to define his […]

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Don’t Call Them Another Girl Band


Jasper the Colossal’s CD Release Event at Canal Street Tavern By Gary Spencer All-girl and otherwise girl-centric rock bands are hardly a new thing. While some of those bands have let their gender define their art, Daytonian all-girl rock/punk quartet Jasper the Colossal shy away from letting their being women playing in what is usually […]

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Is It Real? Is It Memorex?


The Implications of New Holographic Stage Technology in Performance By Ben Dale I was sitting alone in a dark and dank basement on the East End, half-drunk and hoarse-voiced, listening to Blizzard of Ozz, which, for those who don’t know, was The Prince of Darkness’ first post-Sabbath record, and also one of two albums Ozzy […]

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Don’t Call It a Comeback

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Mouth of the Architect bring Dayton voice to metal By Tim Anderl With contributions to the international indie rock landscape that have been widely lauded in the music press, and celebrated at festivals across the globe, Dayton has long been the birthplace of audio innovators and musical game changers.  While Dayton City Paper has a […]

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Cure for the Summertime Blues

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DCP Presents Second Annual Summer Sampler by Kyle Melton with Tim Anderl, Gary Spencer and W.C. Ruffnel You know that summer is that perfect season for music: a soundtrack for driving, a narrative for that summer love, or that song that defines your mood for months on end. Our devoted music writers here at the […]

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Hot Faux Metallica


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


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


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


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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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]