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Lean Into The Sway

Thrift Store Cowboys Bring West Texas To Dayton By Kyle Melton For most artists, locale typically serves as an endless source of inspiration for their work. Whether this backdrop is natural or manmade, the landscape is an inescapable force on art. Drawing on the vast spaces and rich musical traditions of their homeland, Lubbock, Texas […]

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Different And Honest

Blind Bob’s Host Dual Cassette Tape Release Show By Keith Bange Dayton music. What’s the latest to crest on this evolutional wave? What vast new ideas are hiding out there on the fringe?  In a town surging with original music, and legions of talented musicians, it takes new ideas, constant reinvention, and a work ethic […]

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Third Day Content With Musical Direction

Embracing The Moment By Alan Sculley It’s no secret that Third Day has long harbored ambitions of breaking beyond the Christian music scene and into the mainstream rock market. That sort of crossover has happened from time to time since the group came on the national scene in 1997, but never on the kind of […]

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The Syncopation Of Success

Benefit Held For Local Jazz Musician By J.T. Ryder We all have grown up through our dreams. Visions of ballerinas, firemen and astronauts color our childlike world with such a fervent surety of being one day realized. Some dreams fall by the wayside as we grow up and other interests and talents emerge. Others hang […]

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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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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]