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Cincinnati’s the Chocolate Horse celebrates release of Beasts By Kyle Melton When starting new construction, it’s typically wise to start simple. Select a single element, refine it, then begin the process of addition until finally arriving at a fully-realized artistic statement. For Cincinnati sextet the Chocolate Horse, this process took nearly a decade. This weekend […]

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Drawing the blinds

Blind Bob’s celebrates its third anniversary By Benjamin Dale & W.C. Ruffnel Many people these days leave Dayton in search of a better life, but others stay and create a better life here. For Nate Mendenhall, general manager of Blind Bob’s bar in the Oregon District, leaving was never an option. Blind Bob’s, for the […]

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Front Row: Surfer Blood, Boots Electric and Cake

Surfer Blood, Boots Electric and Cake LC Pavilion, Columbus Somehow every time I go to Columbus, hassles overtake my plans and usually ruin my day. The same thing happens in Cincinnati because all roads seem to lead to Over-The-Rhine and the accompanying unwelcome advances from streetwalkers. I digress. On Friday, August 12, I packed myself […]

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This eagle’s not bald

Josh Eagle and his Harvest City vultures By Benjamin Dale These days, in the relentless media climate of categorization, endless genre creation and labeling that often deadens music before the first listen, it is difficult to transcend judgment to be perceived as truly unique. “If I must call it something, I call it Americana Soul,” […]

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The return of Walter Trout

The ‘World’s Greatest Rock Guitarist’ comes to Gilly’s By Khalid Moss If you have a hankering for high-energy rock ‘n’ roll without having to mortgage your house to purchase tickets, it doesn’t get any better than an evening with California soul man, Walter Trout. Trout, who will be making a return appearance to Gilly’s nightclub […]

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Digging a little deeper

My Morning Jacket performs at PNC Pavilion in support of Circuital By Alan Sculley My Morning Jacket has always had the same goal going into each of its six albums – don’t repeat what the band did on its previous CD. “You want every record to be a different experience for us and hopefully for […]

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Cyclops Fest pre-party: Front Row, 8/16/11

Monster of a party at Blind Bob’s August 19 In preparation for the first-ever Cyclops Fest in Yellow Springs September 17, Blind Bob’s will play host for a preview party at 9 p.m. Friday, August 19, and, you guessed it, it’s monster-themed. Come dressed as your favorite ogre or “become the monster” at Cyclops’ do-it-yourself […]

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Emily Dale: Front Row, 8/16/11

Local singer-songwriter comes home Emily Dale at Canal Street Tavern August 18 After spending two years at Ohio University and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Beavercreek native Emily Dale will return to Dayton for a show at Canal Street Tavern August 18.  Her husky contralto and effervescent charm have won over fans from Dayton […]

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Ghoul’s night out

Aaron Omen and the Hollywood Vampires bring their horror business to Dayton By Gary Spencer In the world of horror rock, every day is Halloween. The music itself centers on songs about monsters, vampires, Martians, zombies, murder, death and other horror film inspired fare that are paired with dark yet upbeat fist-pumping Ramones-influenced buzzsaw rock […]

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Nightbeast gets nasty

Signature sense of humor is result of hard work and history in the biz By Benjamin Dale Kevin Smith and Ke$ha had a baby – and named it Nightbeast. When he’s not touring the country and the world with the likes of New Found Glory, Bayside or the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Nightbeast, aka the Beast […]

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RTF on fire

Return to Forever goes back in time at PNC Pavilion By Khalid Moss Jazz is a language through which musicians communicate ideas, images and emotions to each other and to listeners. And, like language, jazz has its own set of clichés, turns of phrase and famous quotations. Pianist Chick Corea knows them all. In an […]

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Undress

Toads and Mice streamline for Dark Party By Kyle Melton In its current state, the music brewing up from the underground of Dayton’s independent rock scene shows exceptional variety for a humble, midwestern town. Over the past few years, Toads and Mice established themselves as one of the most promising young talents, combining harsh dissonance, […]

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Guided by spaceships

The latest release from the Boston Spaceships By Benjamin Dale Guided By Voices officially split in 2004, but Bob Pollard’s musical output hasn’t slowed at all. In fact, it’s increased. Since the end of GBV, he’s released over 12 solo albums, seven EPs, five records with his side project, Circus Devils, and the upcoming Let […]

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Guided by Vices

Picks for August 2011 By Christopher Schutte Unlike last month’s GBV, which was prefaced by a fair amount of witty repartee on my part, we’re going to get right down to business this time around. It’s just too damned hot for cleverness. What I’m listening  to now: Washed Out Within and Without [Sub Pop] Ernest […]

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Spin It, 8/2/11

Fields on Fire by Wheels If you haven’t had a chance to catch Wheels yet, then you’re missing out on something special. It’s something that doesn’t come around very often, at least in a city this size – talented youngsters building a local following, all on the merits of their music.  Wheels’ live shows are […]

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Front Row, 8/2/11

Winehouse joins tragic 27 club I woke up on Saturday, July 23, and did what I do every morning – I checked Facebook.  At the top of my news feed I read the headline “Amy Winehouse, dead at 27.”  It’s not like I didn’t see it coming – the singer’s battles with addiction were made […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]