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Gracious peasant

Mosquito Hawk Exquisite issues vintage psych-rock from Gem City By Kyle Melton Although best known for his work with the horror-punk outfit the Jackalopes, Chad Wells recently revived an old endeavor, Mosquito Hawk Exquisite, to issue his newest musical endeavor, Cricketbows. With a decidedly left turn into vintage-tinged psychedelia, the band’s latest album Mycosmic Transmission […]

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Spin It: Part Chimp / Torche

Part Chimp / Torche Split [Chunklet Industries] To celebrate their November U.S. tour together, sludgy English rock band Part Chimp teamed with Florida metal maestros Torche for a limited-edition (500 copies pressed), split 12” record.  For their half of the split, Torche deliver their take on three classics from Dayton hometown heroes Guided By Voices. […]

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Shocker In Gloomtown

Part III: This flag signals goodbye By Kyle Melton [Editor’s Note: “Shocker in Gloomtown: Part III” is the third installment in a five-part series by the DCP looking at the past, present and future of the Dayton music scene. This series was originally run in the DCP in 2008.] As the Dayton music scene reeled […]

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Heavy heart

Frontier Folk Nebraska celebrate release of eponymous second album By Kyle Melton By its nature, rock ‘n’ roll always blurs the lines between musical styles. While its roots can easily be traced back into blues, country, folk and jazz traditions, the modern era rock ‘n’ roll continues to evolve into a seemingly endless stream of […]

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Spin It: Kasabian, Velociraptor!

RCA, Columbia   2011 Oasis was notorious for comparing themselves to the Beatles. This, of course, was utter nonsense. Yet Noel Gallagher could craft a top tune, younger brother Liam boasted a feral “rock star” presence and Lennon-like pipes. Together they captured the mid-90s Britpop zeitgeist. Similarly, Leicestershire-raised Kasabian often suggest they rank near Oasis, with […]

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Front Row: Zoe Boekbinder in Springfield

Friday, November 18 Having previously been enlightened by/subjected to my musical tastes, Marta Wojcik (executive director and curator of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House) was fairly confident that I would appreciate the new record by a relatively unknown artist named Zoe Boekbinder. Marta and her husband Kevin “discovered” Zoe on a recent trip to New […]

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Port of call

Beirut Performs at Bogart’s in Cincinnati for new album, The Rip Tide By Kyle Melton Upon the release of his debut album Gulag Orkestar in 2006, Zach Condon of Beirut quickly took the indie world by storm with an eclectic mix of European folk, classical and pop song structures. The band recently returned with a […]

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Shame, shame, shame

Davis Rogan: New Orleans musician and music consultant on HBO’s Treme rides into Trolley Stop By Nicole Wroten Davis Rogan is the real Davis. It has to be clarified that he is, in fact, the real Davis because Steve Zahn plays a character named Davis on HBO’s Treme that is loosely based on Rogan and […]

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Downtown Brown comes to downtown Dayton

Detroit’s oddest export hits Blind Bob’s By W.C. Ruffnel (Note: This interview is not for the faint of heart nor those easily offended by slang terminology, strong language or rock ‘n’ roll. An artist’s vision is just that, regardless of word choice.) With a touring schedule more hectic than going through a hoarder’s house full […]

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Spin It: Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness

Album Review: Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness 2011, Wichita Recordings Tom Campesinos!, the guitarist and songwriter for Welsh seven-piece Los Campesinos!, has been blessed with the skill to compose deceptively catchy indie-rock ballads and anthems. Perhaps he has been blessed with great patience as well, for the band’s lyricist and lead singer, Gareth Campesinos!, seems to […]

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The violence beneath

Mouth of the Architect brings teeth, tongue and catharsis to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Often some of the best music being made in Dayton is lurking in the shadows, rarely showing its face around town yet is known in underground music circles both nationally and internationally. This description would certainly be apropos for Dayton […]

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Spin It: Nicholas Payton, Bitches

Nicholas Payton, Bitches 2011, IN+OUT Records This October I was floored by the Nicholas Payton Quartet at New York’s Birdland. Backed by Chris Smith (bass), Lawrence Fields (piano) and Ulysses Owens (drums), Payton played his trumpet with vision and rage, blasting the audience with cool, bop and New Orleans jazz. Often he started a song […]

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Shocker In Gloomtown

Part II: Vincent, come on down… By Kyle Melton By early 1994, the music scene burrowing out from under the post-industrial haze of Dayton was beginning to show some indelible signs of life. In much the same way the Moondog Coronation Ball served as a coming-out-party for rock ‘n’ roll some 40 years earlier, a […]

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A South Park Halloween

Legbone & The Jackalopes bring Halloween mayhem to South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Rock ‘n’ roll can provide an excellent outlet to shake off one’s mundane reality. Likewise, the Halloween season serves similar outlet, allowing people to don costumes and alter their personas for a time. For the members of Legbone and The Jackalopes, […]

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Dead man’s party

Canal Street Tavern’s annual Monster Hop refuses to die By Gary Spencer Local musician Jamy Holliday has been busy lately. We had been communicating via email while he was in France touring with the self-proclaimed “International Doomsday Punk Rock Machine” group, Dumbell, about talking to him about the upcoming Monster Hop Halloween show he hosts […]

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Get your freak on

Costumed partygoers invade Oregon District for Annual Hauntfest on Fifth by Tim Anderl Thousands of sexy and spooky partygoers will converge on downtown Dayton to celebrate all that goes bump in the night at the annual Hauntfest on Fifth celebration. In its 26th year, Hauntfest on Fifth takes place in Dayton’s Oregon District on East […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]