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Singin’ the blues

The 26th Annual Dayton Blues Festival By Benjamin Dale What is “the blues”? Technically: 12 bar chord progressions and blue notes — notes that bend a pitch lower than the major scale. But the blues is much more than that. Originating from Negro spirituals of the Deep South, the blues laid the bedrock for all […]

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Take your place

Buffalo Killers return with new album, 3 By Kyle Melton In the current musical climate, much of the current crop of indie talents perpetually invent yet new sub-genres on a near-weekly basis, further severing ties to rock ‘n’ roll’s fertile roots. Cincinnati trio Buffalo Killers, however, find that drawing from ‘60s and ‘70s rock icons […]

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What’s in a name?

Local musicians combine love of music and animals by Kyle Melton If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, it’s no wonder that so many music lovers name their beloved animals after some element of music. Whether it be naming your cat after a band, as in the case of the Motel Beds’ Darryl […]

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Spin it: Kate Tucker, White Horses

Kate Tucker, White Horses [Red Valise Recordings] Described by one ardent admirer as a “hipper, younger Neko Case,” Kate Tucker is an Akron girl whose music is equal parts slow burn and honky-tonk shuffle. Born into a family of truckers, her work is influenced by the American road with themes of departure, distance, love lost […]

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The battle of the Battle of the Bands

Different takes on Dayton’s legendary Battle of the Bands competitions By Benjamin Dale and W.C. Ruffnel If you were to travel anywhere across the country, perhaps even the world, in any given city you would likely come across some sort of band competition promising aspiring musicians fame and fortune of varying degrees. Dayton is no […]

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Guided by vices

Thoughts on modern radio, plus July reviews By Christopher Schutte If you’ll indulge me a bit I’d like to take a slight detour from my regular column. If you FF to the record reviews, I won’t hold it against you. It may not seem like it, but listening to new music is work. Maybe not […]

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Front Row: Columbus’ Comfest

Debauched and Depraved By Benjamin Dale June 24, 2011 When the sun is highest in the sky in the summer, the ancient ritual of solstice lechery is still celebrated by the lascivious patrons of Columbus’ Comfest. Comfest, or Community Festival, has very few redeeming qualities. The music, restricted to local jam bands who take three-minute […]

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Dayton DIY

Punk rock ‘til the day they die By Benjamin Dale In a world mired in the desire for perfection in every way – the perfect body, the perfect house, the perfect car, the perfect manufactured life that promises happiness and fulfillment forever – some are more enlightened. They see the beauty of imperfection. They eschew […]

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The idea of me

Paige Beller celebrates release of debut, Don’t You Dare By Kyle Melton Within many musicians there lies of number of creative forces that may oppose one another in terms of stylistics. In an increasingly particular marketplace, many artists struggle to refine their muse in order to best cater to finicky genre boundaries in an attempt […]

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BJSR & Bearkat

Singer-songwriters team up and take over South Park Tavern By Benjamin Dale For any aspiring musician, the first career step often requires one essential ingredient: hustle. And BJSR’s got it in spades. When he’s not bringing his one-man show to bars and restaurants around Dayton, BJSR (aka Ben Rivet) makes his living playing music for […]

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News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]

Chew on this: 05/19

What to believe about coconut oil claims By Jayne Powers Coconuts are on a roll as a wonder food. I […]

The Docket: 05/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove D’oh! The owner of a Dayton bar contacted […]

News of the weird: 05/12

By Chuck Shepherd Marital enhancement Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be […]

Chew on this: 05/12

Weight loss for pudgy pets By Jayne Powers Pets, like people, get pudgy – even obese. According to the Association […]