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With surgical focus

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Rare OTEP performance at McGuffy’s By Tim Anderl Otep Shamaya, the singer-songwriter behind heavy metal tour-de-force OTEP, possesses a sharp and polarizing personality that makes her one of the most compelling artists in heavy music and one of the bravest pioneers the genre has ever seen.  Her ferocity and laser focus aren’t limited to the […]

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Behind the wheels

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Local DJs spin different paths By Wu W.A.N.G. This week, we catch up with two local “record junkies,” Beth Lewis (aka Lady Bandit) and Terry Repp (aka DJ TREPP), now both DJs. Individually, these two have been flying low and off of the radar, as they have quietly honed their skills in the early days […]

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Dukes of September at Fraze

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Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald team up By Alan Sculley Having come together in 2010 for a first edition of the Dukes Of September Rhythm Revue tour, Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs reached a pleasing conclusion about the venture. The concept of the tour – three established singers […]

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Get It

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Buffalo Killers return with new album, Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. By Kyle Melton In a climate that seems to reward anything new and shiny the moment it arrives, it’s refreshing to see a band like Buffalo Killers continue to demonstrate the value of building roots. With their latest album, Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. (out August […]

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La Familia de Musica

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Son del Caribe’s “traditional, hardcore” salsa By Rusty Pate Son del Caribe plays salsa music and that sounds simple enough. The imagery that springs from such a declarative statement materializes almost immediately. A tight, rhythm-heavy group pulsates from the stage as the dance floor bounces beneath beautiful Latinas in flowing skirts, dapper Latinos and an […]

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Strange Waves

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New sounds from across the pond By Benjamin Smith I’m no Nostradamus. Yet I do predict that one night, while sipping absinthe on the Trolley Stop patio, a local musician will question me about this column’s value (or lack thereof). The inquisitor appears hazy in my vision, but I see…yes…I see that he can pass […]

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Room Service

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Omaha’s Drake’s Hotel Hits Blind Bob’s By W.C. Ruffnel Some motherfuckers got drums. Some got a wife and a drum machine. This is true for Chris Y. of Drake’s Hotel, a band that is composed of his wife, Amy Drake, and some machines that create the rhythmic backbone to their shoe-gayz tunes & tune drops.  […]

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Therapeutic Jazz

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Dave Koz delivers his elixir at Fraze By Alan Sculley Perhaps more than ever, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz sees his concerts – and the entertainment they provide – as playing a vital role in the larger lives of his audience. Like most people in the music industry, he has watched the concert industry struggle recently […]

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God Bless Us…

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Ohio bands deliver badass tunes for everyone! By Tim Anderl When the editors at Dayton City Paper requested that I review some albums for this issue, inclusion of my input was contingent on including a review of a release by an Ohio band.  “Bah humbug,” I thought.  Why would this squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, […]

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Open Wounds

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Miss May I show ‘Heart’ to Warped Tour By Tim Anderl In 2008, a group of high school friends from Troy, whose loftiest goals went no further than playing cover songs after a day of skateboarding, found themselves with a growing local fan base and management by The Devil Wears Prada’s Chris Ruby.  Three months […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]