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The Finnish Lines

Saara Markkanen brings folk from her part of the world to Dayton By Tim Anderl Already earning comparisons to folk heavies like Joni Mitchell, Finnish folk singer/songwriter Saara Markkanen plays and sings songs that are short stories about hope and wonder.  However, for listeners with American ears who don’t share her native tongue, her exact […]

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Playing in the Band

Tribute Bands Keep the Music Alive By Rusty Pate The band members take their places on stage and quickly tune up. A smattering of plucked notes and random drum beats melts into the fan favorite “China Cat Sunflower.” Throughout the crowd, hippies bop and twirl as a thick haze of smoke begins to rise. The […]

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Diamonds in the Rough

Music You Should Hear… Or Shouldn’t By Nick Schwab A Place To Bury Strangers—Worship [Dead Oceans] The shoegazers, A Place to Bury Strangers, can often be called a retooling — in this case of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3– but this comparison is not a restriction, but rather a compliment. They are […]

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They Only Come Out at Night

The Dark Unity festival makes its debut in Dayton at Club Aquarius By Gary Spencer Gothic and industrial music culture has been a much maligned and misunderstood one in the history of contemporary music. In more instances than not, goth/industrial culture and lifestyle has been relegated to the fringes or pushed so far underground that […]

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Fraze Gets Nekked

Barenaked Ladies Deliver Hits and More Outdoors By Alan Sculley In putting together “Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before!” – the new compilation of unreleased and rare tracks — the four members of the Barenaked Ladies got the chance to take a trip back to their early years as a band. That’s what […]

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Strange Waves

Sounds from Fixers, Marty Graveyard, Benjamin Herman and Hot Chip By Benjamin Smith Forsooth, an awful funk permeates our city, radiating the attitudinal stench of some decaying river-beast. Dayton lies stagnant in the summer doldrums. You can spy it in our scowls, perceive it in our pissant Facebook posts: ennui, apathy, listlessness. Methinks we need […]

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Who’s Your Daddy?

Gas Daddy Go! pumps out hot King Elk and Me & Mountains jams By Tim Anderl In a recent issue of Columbus’ The Other Paper, Kevin Elliott (formerly of 84 Nash), told writer Joel Oliphant that Dayton is experiencing a musical renaissance.  Though he didn’t exactly elaborate on where the “renaissance” originated, the catalog of […]

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Livin’ in the Now

Paleface Looks Neither to his Past nor the Future By Nick Schwab Paleface lives in the here and now because it does not make sense to be passé, while the future is always unpredictable. He also doesn’t want to restrict or limit himself and his music solely by words created by others to define his […]

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Don’t Call Them Another Girl Band

Jasper the Colossal’s CD Release Event at Canal Street Tavern By Gary Spencer All-girl and otherwise girl-centric rock bands are hardly a new thing. While some of those bands have let their gender define their art, Daytonian all-girl rock/punk quartet Jasper the Colossal shy away from letting their being women playing in what is usually […]

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Is It Real? Is It Memorex?

The Implications of New Holographic Stage Technology in Performance By Ben Dale I was sitting alone in a dark and dank basement on the East End, half-drunk and hoarse-voiced, listening to Blizzard of Ozz, which, for those who don’t know, was The Prince of Darkness’ first post-Sabbath record, and also one of two albums Ozzy […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]