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Cure for the Summertime Blues

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DCP Presents Second Annual Summer Sampler by Kyle Melton with Tim Anderl, Gary Spencer and W.C. Ruffnel You know that summer is that perfect season for music: a soundtrack for driving, a narrative for that summer love, or that song that defines your mood for months on end. Our devoted music writers here at the […]

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Hot Faux Metallica

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ONE Rocks McGuffy’s Metallica Style By Gary Spencer There’s an old saying that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  There is perhaps no other scenario where that saying holds true as much as it does when it comes to tribute bands.  Whereas some tribute acts are merely concerned with sounding like the real […]

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Thank Me Later

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Drake Brings “Club Paradise” tour to Riverbend Music Center By Alan Sculley Drake begins his “Club Paradise” tour knowing that headlining what looks to be the summer’s biggest R&B/hip-hop tour means that this is more than doing a show for his fans. It’s a responsibility. “I hope that they’ll look at the production, look at […]

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Extraordinary Times

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The High Strung Return with ¿Possible O Possible? By Kyle Melton After spending the better part of a decade touring the country virtually non-stop, Detroit-via Brooklyn-via Detroit indie rock juggernauts, The High Strung, find themselves in an unusual spot at the moment: off the road at home. That’s all about to change, however, as the […]

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Strange Waves

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New Sounds from Across the Pond By Benjamin Smith Your writer turns 36 on June 15. Now, I don’t expect anything at all from Dayton on this occasion—except a massive music festival. Alas, other than certain local favorites, who would perform? Oasis is done, the Interpol chaps don’t return my phone calls, and I’m pretty […]

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Band of Brothers

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Avett Brothers’ Roots Remain Strong Amidst Cancer Fight By Tim Anderl With a career lasting longer than a decade and producing some of the most raw and organic albums that combine bluegrass, folk and rock in modern music, and trips to Austin City Limits and the Grammys to perform with Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers […]

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Wishing Upon A Star

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New Vega Chase Rock and Roll Dreams By Tim Anderl Taking their moniker from the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, Dayton- and Cincinnati-based quartet, New Vega, is a bold, contemporary modern rock band that is quickly becoming one of the most promising acts in Southern Ohio.  In 2009, the band released a self-titled, three-track […]

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Lions & Lambs

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Minneapolis Outfit Communist Daughter Visits South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Second chances rarely come along. For Communist Daughter frontman, John Solomon, his self-destructive lifestyle in his previous band, Friends Like These, nearly cost him everything. With the inspiration from a young singer named Molly Moore [now his fiancee], Solomon got clean, retreated from city […]

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Sometimes The Summer Pledge Pledges To Play All The Time

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May 22nd at South Park Tavern By W.C. Ruffnel As I was stumbling drunkenly through an alley the other morning shirtless and covered in dog hair, I had a self realization: The Summer Pledge is a kick-ass band.  At a time when every shitty kid with a guitar, a delay pedal and a dream is […]

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Maladies D’esprit

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Dementia Precox Back Together to Continue the Musical Legacy of Gyn Cameron By Gary Spencer There are many Dayton artists whose musical contributions and legacies are well known and acknowledged all over the world such as Zapp’s Roger Troutman and Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard.  But for every one of those well known and respected […]

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On Your Marc: 5/31/16

It’s what’s on the scoreboard that counts By Marc Katz One day the lead editorial writer for the Dayton Daily […]

Tale of three studios

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The many workspaces of artist Julie Beyer By Bill Franz I first heard of Julie Beyer when she was the featured artist […]

Serenity in Nature

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Penelope “Penny” Adamson draws inspiration from the outdoors By Joyell Nevins Penelope “Penny” Adamson is a living example of how […]

Vitality Check: 5/31/16

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Putting the ‘mix’ in mixed martial arts By Rocco Castellano This issue is always a very strange one for me. […]

Seed you there!

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40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]