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The Finnish Lines

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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: 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 […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]

Vitality Check: 6/7/16

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Say ahhhh, cough and…happy birthday By Rocco Castellano Maybe I’m just getting a little more sensitive in my old age… […]