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Blessing the martyr anew

The Chariot cleans out the Attic By Alan Sculley Vocalist Josh Scogin caught a lot of hardcore music fans by surprise when he left the band Norma Jean after that band’s first CD, Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child. In a recent interview, Scogin said he has never felt like there was a backlash […]

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A bluegrass/folk rock revival

Trampled by Turtles at Southgate House, July 27 By Benjamin Dale In the early 2000s, it was the garage rock revival that saw the most innovation, with bands such as the White Stripes, the Strokes, the Hives and the Vines taking over the indie music charts.  These bands were innovators in their style, attracting new […]

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Spin it: Givers

In Light [Glassnote Entertainment Group] At first blush, you may peg Lafayette, La. band Givers as a poor man’s Vampire Weekend. You wouldn’t be completely off base, but the story runs a little deeper than that. While Givers, like other bands, have figured out ways to incorporate Afrobeat into indie-pop, they also add unique elements […]

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Singin’ the blues

The 26th Annual Dayton Blues Festival By Benjamin Dale What is “the blues”? Technically: 12 bar chord progressions and blue notes — notes that bend a pitch lower than the major scale. But the blues is much more than that. Originating from Negro spirituals of the Deep South, the blues laid the bedrock for all […]

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Take your place

Buffalo Killers return with new album, 3 By Kyle Melton In the current musical climate, much of the current crop of indie talents perpetually invent yet new sub-genres on a near-weekly basis, further severing ties to rock ‘n’ roll’s fertile roots. Cincinnati trio Buffalo Killers, however, find that drawing from ‘60s and ‘70s rock icons […]

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What’s in a name?

Local musicians combine love of music and animals by Kyle Melton If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, it’s no wonder that so many music lovers name their beloved animals after some element of music. Whether it be naming your cat after a band, as in the case of the Motel Beds’ Darryl […]

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Spin it: Kate Tucker, White Horses

Kate Tucker, White Horses [Red Valise Recordings] Described by one ardent admirer as a “hipper, younger Neko Case,” Kate Tucker is an Akron girl whose music is equal parts slow burn and honky-tonk shuffle. Born into a family of truckers, her work is influenced by the American road with themes of departure, distance, love lost […]

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The battle of the Battle of the Bands

Different takes on Dayton’s legendary Battle of the Bands competitions By Benjamin Dale and W.C. Ruffnel If you were to travel anywhere across the country, perhaps even the world, in any given city you would likely come across some sort of band competition promising aspiring musicians fame and fortune of varying degrees. Dayton is no […]

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Guided by vices

Thoughts on modern radio, plus July reviews By Christopher Schutte If you’ll indulge me a bit I’d like to take a slight detour from my regular column. If you FF to the record reviews, I won’t hold it against you. It may not seem like it, but listening to new music is work. Maybe not […]

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Front Row: Columbus’ Comfest

Debauched and Depraved By Benjamin Dale June 24, 2011 When the sun is highest in the sky in the summer, the ancient ritual of solstice lechery is still celebrated by the lascivious patrons of Columbus’ Comfest. Comfest, or Community Festival, has very few redeeming qualities. The music, restricted to local jam bands who take three-minute […]

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Bluegrass at the Mayflower

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers at Mayflower Arts Center By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l - r] Vickie Abbott, Ma […]

Advice goddess: 01/27

By Amy Alkon Urning curve My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she […]

News of the weird: 01/27

With Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Spidey sense gets real Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s […]

Chew on this: 01/27

The 7 highly effective habits of the longest losers By Jayne Powers You’d think after 21 years of research by […]

News of the weird: 01/20

By Chuck Shepherd Man’s other best friends People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a […]

Chew on this: 01/20

Get more in the know about your dough By Jayne Powers Sometimes, we don’t know when we think we did […]