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Flashbulb Fires

Rock Critic’s Pick By Kyle Melton Recently named Best Indie Pop Band in Denver’s Westward Music Showcase, Flashbulb Fires will make a stop next week at South Park Tavern in Dayton. With a unique chamber pop flavor, this quartet employs a wide variety of instrumentation on their most recent album, Glory. Taking cues from contemporaries […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique

Taking Stock Of Current Releases By Eric W. Saeger Jonathan Butler So Strong (Rendezvous Records) Easiest way to break this down is to say that veteran jazz guitarist/singer/leader Butler is the Stevie Wonder of guitar. No, he can see; what I’m saying is his vocal sound is similar, strong, upbeat and rubbery, and being that […]

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The Eternal Blue Flame

Cityfolk Presents Simon Shaheen At Dayton Art Institute By J.T. Ryder Born in the village of Tarshiha in the Galilee province of Palestine, Simon Shaheen’s world was immersed in music. He has been quoted as saying that learning to play on the oud from his father, a professor of music and a master ‘oud player, […]

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The Morlocks Play Chess

Rock By Eric W. Saeger Sloppy filthy blues-rock, heroin problems, old school tremolo on the guitar, a singer who did a dime in a Mexican prison for a drug scam gone wrong – exactly how are you supposed to outcool this LA band?  Singer Leighton Koizumi sounds like George Thorogood when he’s being nice and […]

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We’re All Singing Our Goodbyes

Andrew & The Pretty Punchers’ Second Album/Farewell show By Kyle Melton For fans of Dayton independent rock, 2010 has been a bountiful year. In a year marked by a deluge of new releases by local acts both new and established, it’s been an exciting time to follow local music. This weekend, one of Dayton’s most […]

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Complete Connection

Thirty Seconds To Mars Reinvents Sound By Alan Sculley Lots of bands talk about wanting their concerts to be a shared experience with an audience, where the fan feels connected to the band and as much a part of the show as the musicians on stage. Few groups have achieved this goal as fully or […]

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So Percussion

Music By Russell Florence, Jr. So Percussion, a quintet that specializes in unique sounds, will perform Thursday, September 30 at 8 p.m. in the Boll Theatre of Kennedy Union at the University of Dayton, 300 College Park. Formed at the Yale School of Music in 1999 and consisting of Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Silwinksi […]

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Noise

Heart Of The Whore The Music You Have Never Heard By Kathleen Cahill Artists of all styles have pushed their music into a state where it leaves the realm of what most people consider music to walk the fine line of noise.  With roots dating back to the early 1900s, noise is nothing new.  In […]

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Continual Evolution

Robert Plant’s ‘Band Of Joy’ By Alan Sculley Any Robert Plant interview these days almost has to include an inquiry about his interest in a Led Zeppelin reunion. But one really doesn’t need his words to know Plant’s thinking about the issue. His musical projects over the past three years – the period since Led […]

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New Vega

An emerging band with a refreshing sound By Kathleen Cahill In an age when self-taught musicians fill the current indie-rock scene, New Vega is fresh air. The troupe’s well polished sound is testament to the professional training each member has received. New Vega has a diverse style that falls under a common ground, with every […]

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International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]

Meet the artist

Abby Rose Maurer on lines, light and the movement of drunk people By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Abby Rose Maurer in […]

Addressing dress

Decked Out! explores culture through costume and adornment By Susan Byrnes Photo: Visitors to the Experiencenter look through a zoetrope, which […]