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ATL band storms into O-H-I-O

Black Lips talk touring, new album and human skulls By Christopher Schutte Atlanta’s Black Lips are in the midst of a virtual non-stop tour/party and will be visiting Columbus and Newport this month. The band is renowned for its unhinged live show, which includes nudity, fireworks, flaming guitars and a human skull among other things. […]

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Spin It (4/5/11)

Giant Claw’s Midnight Murder (Orange Milk Recordings) Saboteur of conventional rock ‘n’ roll and synthesizer wizard, Keith Rankin (of Dayton outfit Yakuza Heart Attack) is at it again – this time, reborn under the moniker Giant Claw. Rankin adopts a minimalist approach for the spectacular Giant Claw debut, Midnight Murder. An array of sequencing synthesizers […]

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At Least We Have Each Other

Southeast Engine Returns with Canary By Kyle Melton Americans watched helplessly as their nation descended into economic despair in late 2008. Dayton native Adam Remnant took a look at the situation and created an artistic statement both observational and transcendental. On Southeast Engine’s fourth album, Canary, Remnant ties the American experience of economic hardship and […]

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Guided By Vices

What your iPod says about you By Christopher Schutte The ubiquitous white ear buds. The sleek designs and colors. The amazing storage capacity. The acknowledgement that Steve Jobs just may be God. All great reasons to own an iPod. For a seemingly straightforward device (it’s just a music player, right?), your iPod actually says a […]

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Critic’s Pick: Rock

The Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton During the early 90s, the Method stood as one of the premier acts in the Dayton underground, winning Canal Street Tavern’s Dayton Band Play-Offs in 1991. Led […]

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Critic’s Pick: Benefit

The Graveblankets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton Led by songwriter Chris Arduser [the Bears, the Psychodots], Cincinnati’s the Graveblankets have channeled Midwestern pop/folk/country/alt into a twangy soul stew over the past two decades. On their most recent effort, Error Avenue, the group showcases […]

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R.Ring in residence

Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery stay awhile at South Park Tavern By Keith Bange Creativity, new ideas, and different concepts are an essential core to a city’s thriving music environment. It is an obvious fact that musicians need to constantly fine-tune their sound and let themselves evolve as artists. However the venues and clubs that […]

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Guided By Voices comes home

Dublin Pub set the stage for a classic GBV show on March 16 By Kyle Melton Deep into their epic set at Dublin Pub on St. Practice Day, the Classic Lineup of Dayton’s Guided By Voices (GBV) broke into the track “Lethargy” from their 1992 breakthrough album, Propeller. While the track barely breaks the one-minute […]

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The Joy Formidable get joyous in Columbus

Welsh rock trio the Joy Formidable are set to appear at the Basement in Columbus on April 4. The group kicked off their North American tour with an appearance at SXSW in mid-March (where they were one of SPIN’s “must hear bands”) that coincided with the release of their first full-length album, The Big Roar. […]

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The worst pain

An interview with Papercuts’ Jason Quever By Christopher Schutte Papercuts – the musical project of San Francisco songwriter/producer Jason Quever – have just released the fantastic new record, Fading Parade and are now in the midst of an extensive tour that will bring them to Columbus’ Black Box at Mershon on March 24. While known […]

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Rip It Up

Wanda Jackson Returns with The Party Ain’t Over By Kyle Melton One of rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest female participants, an Oklahoma teenager named Wanda Jackson, forged a fiery sound with her single “Let’s Have a Party,” earning her the title of “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Over her nearly 50-year career, Jackson continued to work […]

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Guided by Vices

Top 10+ must-haves for your music collection By Christopher Schutte Just for the sake of argument, let’s say you had a chance to totally rebuild your record (CD, MP3, etc.) collection from scratch. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a musical curator guiding the process? Someone who – not unlike the sommelier that cautions you […]

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Why We Care So Much

Sam at Eleven Celebrate Release of Debut Album ‘The Year We Won’ By Kyle Melton It can often be a struggle for emerging local bands to find their niche and build a sizable following. In the case of the defunct alt-punk quartet HQAX [pronounced ‘hoax’], external confusion regarding their name and internal confusion over the […]

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Critic’s Pick: Rock 3/15/11

Guided By Voices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kyle Melton When word came down last summer that the “Classic Lineup” of Dayton icons Guided By Voices would be reuniting for an extended U.S. tour, tickets sold out at exceptional clip from coast […]

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Punk and Disorderly …

Legbone, Emmy’s Ghost and Jasper the Colossal at McGuffy’s House of Rock By Matt Clevenger McGuffy’s House of Rock will host one of the best punk/indie line-ups in recent memory this Friday, March 11, as local veterans Legbone, Jasper the Colossal and Emmy’s Ghost join forces for one very special night of independent, Dayton-based music. […]

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Funeral for a Satellite

The Esther Caulfield Orchestra at South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton While the myriad of music that emerged from the 1960s continues to inform and inspire modern practitioners, there are those acolytes that seek to faithfully reinterpret the tones and production values of that bygone era. As one of these acts, the Esther Caulfield Orchestra […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]