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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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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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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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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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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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Dubstep In Dayton

Musician Brings New Style Of Music To Town By Kathleen Cahill Playing dubstep in backyards, base-ments and warehouses, Tyler Holler’s music project, Yeti Master, has reached the ears of people involved in the Dayton underground music scene for many years. Only until recently, Holler’s explosion in the underground has led him to receive great notoriety, […]

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Sleep Fleet By Kyle Melton Known to many in the Dayton area as All Alliteration Aside until early in 2010, the energetic trio that is Sleep Fleet will release a new EP, Good Morning! Good Morning! Good Morning! Good Morning! Driven by the impassioned songwriting and equally thrilling delivery of guitarist Corey Montgomery, his unbridled […]

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Crescent City Connection

Trolly Stop Welcomes Paul Sanchez And The Rolling Road Show By J.T. Ryder Paul Sanchez, who has been a featured performer on the HBO series Treme, has concocted a flavorful bayou stew featuring performers that represent some of the various styles of music that comprise the New Orleans sound. His fellow players include such Louisiana […]

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Be Prepared That Things Are Gonna Happen

Okay Lindon Celebrate Release Of Second Album By Kyle Melton In the current Dayton indie music scene, there seems to be no shortage of pop tunesmiths emerging seemingly from out of nowhere with fully-formed albums already in hand. In the case of Okay Lindon’s Dustin Smith, the road to the band’s newest album, Rotating Dates, […]

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Contemplating Transition

Jonas Brothers Assess Next Step In Their Career By Allen Sculley Nick Jonas has a simple piece of advice to young artists like Justin Bieber that are trying to follow in the footsteps of his group, the Jonas Brothers, and make it big in the music business. “I think the important part of everyone’s journey […]

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A homestyle home run


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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


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Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]