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Devils look like angels

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band visits Cincinnati By Alan Sculley In years past, Josh Peyton and the studio have never been best buddies. Sure, the man who leads the rootsy rock trio the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band had made albums – five full-lengths and two EPs, in fact. But the studio never felt […]

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Jingle bell metal

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Psychostick brings “Holiday Hate” to Dayton By Gary Spencer The holiday season is upon us, and there are more than a few people out there who absolutely abhor this time of year. Whether it’s the glutted roads leading to and from the mall areas backing up traffic or the annoyance caused by Christmas music blaring […]

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A halo as a disco ball

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Andy D fires up the party! By Zach Rogers There are angels on the dance floor, and nobody seems to know what the hell they’re doing there. Nobody except for Andy D. To him, it seems perfectly normal to have angels getting their boogie on underneath a disco ball, and there are probably a lot […]

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Treading new ground

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Wheels head in ambitious directions By Tim Anderl Though it is perhaps more likely that a confident Americana quintet would emerge from the streets of Yellow Springs than someplace in the U.K. (i.e. Mumford & Sons), it’s still surprising that five guys barely out of high school would emerge so fully-formed, refined and with an […]

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New tunes for end times

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Questionable health, haunted people, wintry pop and electric sex By Benjamin Smith As I write this article, a colossal storm is slamming the East Coast, a toxic presidential election is reaching fever pitch, many are hoping for some sort of apocalypse on Dec. 21 – and I think I have the plague. ‘Tis a bleak […]

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Busy bees

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Boston’s Pretty & Nice return to Dayton with new EP By Kyle Melton Imagine a steady stream of propulsive songs with undeniable hooks. Now, run it though unfiltered electrical current. Now filter it through the Zappa-meet-no wave sensibility. You’ve inadvertently just come face to face with the demented pop universe that is Boston’s Pretty & […]

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Shine a light

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Nine False Suns’ focused final performance By Timothy Anderl There comes a time in the lifespan of every rock n’ roll band (unless you’re The Rolling Stones or U2), where members reach a difficult crossroads and face choosing between divergent paths or continuing on with a machine that may not be firing on all cylinders. […]

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Ultimate dance music: ultimate dance floor

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CNTRL: Beyond EDM invades Masque By Wu W.A.N.G. The Dayton party scene will be on par with the larger metropolitan areas of New York, Quebec or Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 15 as CNTRL: BEYOND EDM makes a tour stop at Club Masque. Prime Social Group, based in Columbus, and Disco Donnie are producing this Midwest […]

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Holding on to hope

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Hawthorne Heights brings uncanny optimism to new EP, television By Tim Anderl Most bands would have called it a day having weathered the heartbreaking losses (of founding guitarist Casey Calvert), naysayers and label purgatory problems that Hawthorne Heights experienced over the course of their decade-long career. But rolling with the considerable punches and pitfalls they’ve […]

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Is that Honest Abe?

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Roots/country musician Justin Townes Earle is unusually heartfelt and honest By Nick Schwab The star complex is often, in fact, a veil; a sort of mask that hides the artist’s real problems from the world. Stars are often just as dishonest as politicians are.  It’s less problematic and one admits they have a good reason […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]