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Front Row: Zoe Boekbinder in Springfield

Friday, November 18 Having previously been enlightened by/subjected to my musical tastes, Marta Wojcik (executive director and curator of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House) was fairly confident that I would appreciate the new record by a relatively unknown artist named Zoe Boekbinder. Marta and her husband Kevin “discovered” Zoe on a recent trip to New […]

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Port of call

Beirut Performs at Bogart’s in Cincinnati for new album, The Rip Tide By Kyle Melton Upon the release of his debut album Gulag Orkestar in 2006, Zach Condon of Beirut quickly took the indie world by storm with an eclectic mix of European folk, classical and pop song structures. The band recently returned with a […]

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Shame, shame, shame

Davis Rogan: New Orleans musician and music consultant on HBO’s Treme rides into Trolley Stop By Nicole Wroten Davis Rogan is the real Davis. It has to be clarified that he is, in fact, the real Davis because Steve Zahn plays a character named Davis on HBO’s Treme that is loosely based on Rogan and […]

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Downtown Brown comes to downtown Dayton

Detroit’s oddest export hits Blind Bob’s By W.C. Ruffnel (Note: This interview is not for the faint of heart nor those easily offended by slang terminology, strong language or rock ‘n’ roll. An artist’s vision is just that, regardless of word choice.) With a touring schedule more hectic than going through a hoarder’s house full […]

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Spin It: Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness

Album Review: Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness 2011, Wichita Recordings Tom Campesinos!, the guitarist and songwriter for Welsh seven-piece Los Campesinos!, has been blessed with the skill to compose deceptively catchy indie-rock ballads and anthems. Perhaps he has been blessed with great patience as well, for the band’s lyricist and lead singer, Gareth Campesinos!, seems to […]

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The violence beneath

Mouth of the Architect brings teeth, tongue and catharsis to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Often some of the best music being made in Dayton is lurking in the shadows, rarely showing its face around town yet is known in underground music circles both nationally and internationally. This description would certainly be apropos for Dayton […]

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Spin It: Nicholas Payton, Bitches

Nicholas Payton, Bitches 2011, IN+OUT Records This October I was floored by the Nicholas Payton Quartet at New York’s Birdland. Backed by Chris Smith (bass), Lawrence Fields (piano) and Ulysses Owens (drums), Payton played his trumpet with vision and rage, blasting the audience with cool, bop and New Orleans jazz. Often he started a song […]

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Shocker In Gloomtown

Part II: Vincent, come on down… By Kyle Melton By early 1994, the music scene burrowing out from under the post-industrial haze of Dayton was beginning to show some indelible signs of life. In much the same way the Moondog Coronation Ball served as a coming-out-party for rock ‘n’ roll some 40 years earlier, a […]

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A South Park Halloween

Legbone & The Jackalopes bring Halloween mayhem to South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Rock ‘n’ roll can provide an excellent outlet to shake off one’s mundane reality. Likewise, the Halloween season serves similar outlet, allowing people to don costumes and alter their personas for a time. For the members of Legbone and The Jackalopes, […]

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Dead man’s party

Canal Street Tavern’s annual Monster Hop refuses to die By Gary Spencer Local musician Jamy Holliday has been busy lately. We had been communicating via email while he was in France touring with the self-proclaimed “International Doomsday Punk Rock Machine” group, Dumbell, about talking to him about the upcoming Monster Hop Halloween show he hosts […]

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Get your freak on

Costumed partygoers invade Oregon District for Annual Hauntfest on Fifth by Tim Anderl Thousands of sexy and spooky partygoers will converge on downtown Dayton to celebrate all that goes bump in the night at the annual Hauntfest on Fifth celebration. In its 26th year, Hauntfest on Fifth takes place in Dayton’s Oregon District on East […]

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Front Row: Russian Circles

This isn’t a drill Russian Circles come to Newport and Columbus Chicago prog metal maestros, Russian Circles, who delivered their new album Empros via Sargent House Oct. 25, are gearing up for a November tour. Formed in 2004, the band has already delivered four full-length albums, an EP and a handful of splits and singles. […]

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Front Row: Jazz Series concludes

2011 Vectren Just Jazz Series concludes with Khalid Moss & Michael Bashaw The Dayton Art Institute’s 2011 Vectren Just Jazz series will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 3, with the return of series favorites Khalid Moss and Michael Bashaw. Flautist, sculptor, bandleader and teacher Michael Bashaw and his wife, Sandy, are the leaders of Puzzle of […]

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One if by land…

Squid the Whale swims in to Dayton By Benjamin Dale Squid the Whale. A whale named Squid. The name evokes images of an identity crisis similar to the story of a boy named Sue. I imagine a giant killer whale, ostracized from his ultrasonic peers, who only finds refuge among the bottom dwellers and lowly […]

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Shocker in Gloomtown

Part I: Who said I needed a reason? By Kyle Melton [Editor’s Note: “Shocker in Gloomtown: Part I” is the first installment in a five-part series by the DCP looking at the past, present and future of the Dayton music scene. This series was originally run in the DCP in 2008.] You never know where […]

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Looking back, moving forward

The Ladybirds bring good ole rock ‘n’ roll to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer When people talk about rock music nowadays, it’s rarely described as rock ‘n’ roll. You hear “rock,” “hard rock,” “indie rock,” “folk rock,” “punk rock,” “psych rock,” “garage rock” and other labels thrown around, but almost never do you hear […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]