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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?

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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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Cocked and ready to kick out the jams

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90s Reloaded multiple bands tribute show at Canal Street Tavern By Nick Schwab Do you hear that? It is the sweet sound of 1990s music coming back again. Glory! Glory!! Hallelujah! The 1990s was a turbulent time for the art form that would forever change the face of the industry. It was also probably the […]

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Same ol’ situation?

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Motley Crue visits Riverbend in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley The last time Motley Crue toured with Kiss, the situation couldn’t have been much different than it is this summer as these two popular bands hit the road together for one of the year’s biggest tours. It was 1982, and Motley Crue was just getting started […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]