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Continual Evolution

Robert Plant’s ‘Band Of Joy’ By Alan Sculley Any Robert Plant interview these days almost has to include an inquiry about his interest in a Led Zeppelin reunion. But one really doesn’t need his words to know Plant’s thinking about the issue. His musical projects over the past three years – the period since Led […]

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New Vega

An emerging band with a refreshing sound By Kathleen Cahill In an age when self-taught musicians fill the current indie-rock scene, New Vega is fresh air. The troupe’s well polished sound is testament to the professional training each member has received. New Vega has a diverse style that falls under a common ground, with every […]

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CD Reviews 09/15/10

Taking Stock Of Current Releases By Eric W. Saeger Above & Beyond Anjunabeats 8 (Ultra Records) It’s funny, I was hoping to avoid jumping the couch over this one and giggling girlishly about how this UK DJ trio make the music of heaven, but being that they recently soundtracked the official unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s […]

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Kelly Fine

All about the story By Linda Turk There are many things to love about the city of Dayton. We boast wonderful parks, tasty restaurants, and a music scene that can rival those of much larger metropolitan areas. Dayton is a great place for musical talent to bloom and has been doing just that for singer/songwriter […]

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Dayton band playoffs

Side show! The connoisseur head into final of Dayton band playoffs. By J.T. Ryder When I was asked to preview the finals competition of Canal Street Tavern’s Dayton Band Playoffs, my mind immediately conjured hordes of musicians, sweat slicked and screaming, belting out song after song for a throng of adoring fans. I imagined a […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique

Taking Stock Of Current Releases By Eric W. Saeger Elizabeth Ayoub Oceanos Y Lunas (Four Quarters Ent) Born of Lebanese parents who fled with her and her six siblings to Venezuela, Ayoub comes from a strange multilingual planet, where one minute Barbra Streisand would be belting on the radio and the next the family would […]

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Dukes Of September

Fagen, McDonald And Scaggs, Join Forces At Riverbend By Alan Sculley Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs all have no problem finding demand for doing their own tours, and they certainly enjoy performing songs from their catalogs. But as rewarding as it might be for Fagen, for instance, to tour in […]

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Rock

Hawthorne Heights By Kyle Melton After rising to prominence in 2004 with their debut The Silence In Black and White, Dayton-based outfit Hawthorne Heights witnessed a string of incidents to hamper the band’s progress. Following the untimely passing of guitarist Casey Calvert in 2007 and a departure from Victory Records after 2008’s Fragile Future, Hawthorne […]

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Jazz

Bill Cunliffe Trio By J.T. Ryder Bill Cunliffe is a triple threat: a superb musician, an accomplished composer/arranger and a first-rate music educator. He won a Grammy for his arrangement of West Side Story Medley from the CD Resonance Big Bands Tribute To Oscar Peterson, and is currently the associate professor of music at California […]

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Labor Of Love

Buddha Den Celebrates Third Anniversary By Linda Turk As you prepare your “To Do” lists for the cookout you’re planning on Labor Day, perhaps you should remind yourself that it is also okay to be somewhat labor-free the weekend before the holiday. How should you do that, you wonder? Get yourself to South Park Tavern […]

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Celebrating Creativity Of Women

Ladyfest Dayton Returns This Weekend By Kyle Melton This weekend, and for the third year, Ladyfest Dayton returns to arts incubator c}space to present a showcase for female artists in the Dayton area. Led by festival organizer Mary Kathryn Burnside and joined this year by Heather Lea Reid, Heather Jones, Jenn Money and Lissa Lush […]

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Rock

The Motel Beds By Kyle Melton In a year thus far that has witnessed numerous excellent local releases, The Motel Beds offer their second for 2010. Following up on the January release of their sprawling sonic episode, Moondazed, the Beds return this weekend with its follow-up, Feelings. While more focused than their previous release, Feelings […]

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Ruckus Roboticus

Perfecting The Art Of Turntablism By Kathleen Cahill In a music scene dominated by masculinity and aggressive sounds, Ruckus Roboticus brings new meaning to turntablism. When thinking about turntablism, the first thing to come to most people’s minds is crude scratching of records over top of hip-hop beats. Not often can a musician break outside […]

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Maroon 5 Comes To The Fraze

Riding High Maroon 5 Brings Hits And New Music To Fraze By Alan Sculley No one would suggest that Maroon 5 hasn’t had a good run since releasing its debut CD, Songs About Jane, in 2002. But one thing that, in at least one important way, hasn’t been easy for the band has been its […]

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Rock

Eat Sugar By Kyle Melton Cincinnati quartet Eat Sugar have made a name for themselves throughout the region as a high-energy synth-fueled outfit over the past five years. With two EPs under their collective belt, Eat Sugar return on their newest album, Levantese!, with all the hallmarks for which they are known: unrelenting rhythms, hypnotically […]

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Don’t Count Them Out

Backstreet Boys Still Have A Lot To Prove By Alan Sculley A.J. McLean sounds fully prepared for the demands of touring this year with his bandmates in the Backstreet Boys. “I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in, so I can actually perform it and look good, too,” McLean said in a recent phone […]

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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 […]