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Beating the Winter Blues

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Talking with Jeff Hill and The Dayton Blues Society By Khalid Moss For his fulltime day job, Daytonian Jeff Hill — a bespectacled gentleman with chrome braces anchoring his teeth — is a logistics engineer for Wright State University who occasionally travels to exotic locations to troubleshoot for the commanders at Wright Patterson Air Force […]

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Heartless Bastards Spread Stylistic Wings

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New Album, New Musical Vision By Alan Sculley Some listeners considered The Mountain, the 2009 CD from the group the Heartless Bastards, a musical departure for the group. Yes, there were still plenty of garage-ish rock moments that carried over from the group’s first two CDs. But on The Mountain, Heartless Bastards singer/guitarist and songwriter […]

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Poison and Fire

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Architects of Doom Find A Niche in the Dayton Metal Scene By Gary Spencer Many people reading this probably don’t know about Dayton-based heavy metal quartet Architects of Doom … yet.  Relative newcomers to the Dayton metal scene, A.O.D. has only been active for roughly a year now and even in that short period of […]

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Of Cloak and Dagger

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Customer Service is Tattoo Shop’s Secret Weapon By Tim Anderl For the majority of people interested in having their bodies tattooed, choosing the artist who will accomplish the work is a decision that carries major weight.  Whether an artist listens during the design phase, is technically proficient, is safe and clean or even is male […]

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Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas

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By Jason Webber Decades after eating Chinese oranges with Suzanne, waxing poetic about torn blue raincoats and predicting a future that is “murder,” 77-years young Leonard Cohen has lived and loved enough for three lifetimes. But his new album Old Ideas proves that the self-described “lazy bastard in a suit” will not be going quietly […]

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The Big Pink’s Future This and 4AD Records

By Jason Webber Once upon a time, in the late ’80s/early ’90s to be exact, there was a magical world called 4AD Records, a mystical land where Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins and other creatures played melodic and dreamy alternative music that touched the souls of millions of misfit listeners. But as the years passed, a […]

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A Mightier Pen

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World Renowned artist Derek Hess Visits Dayton By Tim Anderl When asked about the permanent inclusion of his art in the most visited art museum in the world, France’s the Louvre, and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess swells with pride. “When they approached me, I was floored and totally […]

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Around the Fringe with Rev. Cool

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Celebrating 30 Years with WYSO By Kyle Melton Cultural change doesn’t happen overnight. In many cases, individuals work quietly, slowly altering the fabric of their communities without notoriety. While often a thankless task, their efforts over extended periods of time result in significant progress toward a more enlightened population. In the case of Jim Carter, […]

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An Invisible Empire

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Monster Magnet Side Project Comes to Rock Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Ahhhh … the ‘90s.  A decade of popular music that holds a dear place in the hearts of many music lovers, partially due to the underground rock revolution led by Nirvana that changed the perceptions of what types of music could be considered […]

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Posters and Patches and Shirts, Oh My!

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Musician Develops D.I.Y. and Punk-inspired Little Monster Printing By Tim Anderl For a music fan, there are few better feelings than pulling on a shirt emblazoned with the name of a beloved band, or hanging a nice screen-printed poster in your living space. Road warrior and The Story Changes drummer, Chris Popadak, sees this experience […]

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The Mantras Are the Sound of Meditating

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Canal Street Tavern Will Present the Band’s Sense of Positive Enlightenment By Nick Schwab The modus operandi of The Mantras according to guitarist Keith Allen is for people to “feel like anything is possible. That there is hope in the world and like they can do anything.”  Then he continues about the feeling that the […]

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Run Down the Day

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Cincinnati’s The Seedy Seeds Return to South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Joy. Pure, unbridled joy. The pursuit of this ideal lies at the core of The Seedy Seeds’ aesthetic. Hailing from Cincinnati, the trio brings an impassioned sense of wonder and bliss to each and every performance which, if allowed, can cause uncontrollable gyrating […]

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Strange waves

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New releases worth a listen By Benjamin Smith 2012 has ushered in many new things, including this column about new (or relatively new) music. Critics might say that Dayton needs another music column like it needs another economic downturn or weird bar, and perhaps they would be right. But I’ll try to provide at least […]

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For those resolved to rock, we salute you!

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Anticipated albums of 2012 By Tim Anderl The January 3 Dayton City Paper cover story on Guided By Voices announced that the Gem City is leading the pack of new musical releases for 2012.  If the Dayton boys haven’t already set the bar too high, music fans won’t be disappointed by a year of music […]

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An evening with the Trash

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New local band invades at South Park Tavern By W.C. Ruffnel The Trash arrived at my apartment around 9:30 p.m. This is more or less when they said they would pick me up; I had asked lead-singer (and fellow DCP writer) Ben Dale if meeting at a bar and having a few drinks would be […]

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Spin It: Yule Be Sorry EP

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Henrique Couto/Legend of Flannel Bear Yule Be Sorry EP Sometimes, you can tell all you need to know from looking at an album cover. Like, for instance, this one. Take a long, hard look at this album cover. Seriously – it’s right here. If you consider yourself the kind of person who would look at […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]