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Critic’s Pick – Pop Evil at McGuffy’s

Pop Evil at McGuffy’s By Matt Clevenger Michigan-based rockers Pop Evil will visit Dayton this week, headlining a special show with opening acts 8KOunt and Vi Folly at McGuffy’s House of Rock on Saturday, Jan. 15. Featuring a sound reminiscent of Creed, Puddle of Mud and Three Doors Down, the band first gained national attention […]

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10 for ’10

The 10 Best Records of 2010 By Christopher Schutte Only a healthy dose of critical distance will reveal whether music in 2010 was everything it was purported to be. Some critics claim it was the best ever, others claim it was the beginning of the end (that’s what Lady Gaga does to some people). Truth […]

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Amor or Armor

Dayton’s Dirty Socialites Plan Debut Album Release By Matt Clevenger Local indie/alternative rockers the Dirty Socialites are off to a good start in 2011, with their debut album “Amor or Armor” set for release early this year and a series of upcoming shows planned throughout January and February. “We’re just putting the finishing touches on […]

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Critic’s Pick – Marcy Playground

Marcy Playground By Matt Clevenger Best-known for their provocative 1997 hit “Sex and Candy,” alternative rockers Marcy Playground will make a rare live appearance at McGuffy’s House of Rock this Saturday, Jan. 8.  Formed in 1995 by lead singer/songwriter John Wozniak, the group has survived several line-up changes over the years, releasing a series of […]

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Getting bare (and unplugged)

Dayton’s acoustic music scene revealed By Keith Bange The acoustic music scene. In every major city, and most minor ones, watering holes, coffee shops, parks and sidewalks offer a glimpse into the most available and sincere forms of music that a city has to offer. Across the country, denizens from the suburbs with acoustic guitars […]

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Uke or die

Henrique Couto Strips Down to His Ukulele By Kyle Melton While Dayton has long served as a breeding ground for musicians employing a bevy of instruments from guitars to synths to mandolins, the humble four-string ukulele seems to have made little impact on Dayton music. Armed with an amplified version of the ukulele, one exceptionally […]

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ekoostik hookah

ekoostik hookah By Matt Clevenger Looking for an out-of-town New Year’s Eve party? Celebrate on High Street in Columbus and catch a special ekoostik hookah show with Freekbass and Tobotius at Newport Music Hall. Known for their biannual “Hookahville” festivals, ekoostik hookah has developed a Phish-like following since forming in Columbus back in 1991, touring […]

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A Year of Music

2010 in the Dayton music scene By Kyle Melton While much of the Miami Valley remains unaware of the Dayton indie music scene, 2010 showed some potential for reversing that trend in the coming years. On many levels the indie music community here in the Gem City presented itself collectively as a productive scene, issuing […]

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Viva Variety!

Local shows offer many options on New Year’s Eve By Matt Clevenger From blues to punk, reggae and even classical, the Dayton music scene offers a live show to suit just about any taste this New Year’s Eve. For the adventurous, one of the wildest shows in town will be old-school punk rockers Legbone at […]

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Clutch at Bogart’s

Clutch at Bogart’s By Matt Clevenger Groove-metal icons Clutch will be in Cincinnati next week, appearing for a live show at Bogart’s on Thursday, Dec. 30. Best known for their influential self-titled album, the Maryland-based hard rock trio has released more than nine studio albums since forming in 1990 including “Transnational Speedway League,” “The Elephant […]

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Better Than the Worst…

Second Rate Citizens Bring Back Old-School Punk/Hardcore By Matt Clevenger It’s only been a year since Second Rate Citizens first got together, but the Troy-based punk/hardcore group has already accomplished as much as many more established acts. The band caps off a series of successful local shows with an appearance at the Brewery on Friday, […]

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The 8th Annual HoliDayton

The Story Changes liven up (Holi)Daytonites By Kyle Melton Within the Dayton indie music community, there are a handful of events that seem to punctuate the ebb and flow of the year. With the close of another calendar year, the annual HoliDayton show presented by local punk duo The Story Changes serves as a yearly […]

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CD Reviews – 12/22/10

CD Reviews – 12/22/10 By Eric Saeger ARP, The Soft Wave (Smalltown Supersound Records) Avant krautrock ambience resulting from Alexis Georgopolis’s leaving San Francisco outfit Tussle and moving to New York, where, by the way, he’s found some measure of success in the mixed-art arena.  These vocal-less, eerie, understated pieces are full of subtlety, created […]

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CD Reviews 12/15/10

Recent album releases By Eric Saeger Martina Topley-Bird, Some Place Simple (Honest Jon’s/Ipecac Records) Apparently feeling somehow artistically indebted to non-techie shy-chicks like Norah Jones (Topley-Bird’s voice, if you haven’t heard her work elsewhere, such as on this year’s “Heligoland” LP from Massive Attack, is a direct cross between Jones and Sia), this multi-instrumentalist and […]

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Gather Round

Canal Street Tavern Hosts Spikedrivers CD Release Show By Matt Clevenger Columbus jazz/bluegrass favorites the Spikedrivers will raise a ruckus in Dayton this weekend, celebrating the release of their new album “Live at Stuart’s Opera House” with a special appearance at Canal Street Tavern on Friday, Dec. 17. “We love playing Canal Street Tavern,” bassist […]

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Electric Banana

The Flashier Side of Rock n’ Roll By Kathleen Chaill The two-man group of out Troy, Electric Banana, brings heat to the stages of Dayton venues by using ‘80s-esque dance beats, backed by an invigorating classic hard rock sound. The electro-rock duo uses an unconventional set-up of a drum machine, keyboard synthesizers and two guitars, […]

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