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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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Ready For A Comeback

Bret Michaels Performs At JD Legends By Alan Sculley Bret Michaels says a key reason he won the Celebrity Apprentice television show in May is that he doesn’t underestimate anyone – including himself. That sort of awareness and determination has shown itself in more critical ways recently than in winning a reality show. The frontman […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique Taking stock of current releases By Eric W. Saeger Chemical Brothers Further (Astralwerks Records) We can dispose of this fairly quickly, being that the difference between this and other instrumental housey stuff will go over the heads of people who aren’t rave veterans, while fans of the Chemicals will buy […]

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It’s something I can’t control

Human Reunion release ‘Arc De Square’ By Kyle Melton In the volatile world of underground rock, the likelihood of a band lasting more than a few months is a dicey proposition. For a band to endure nearly five years as one of Dayton’s perennial live favorites is even more unlikely. In the case of electro-rock […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique (6/9/2010)

Taking stock of current releases Carrie Rodriguez Love and Circumstances (RED Distribution) Doomed to be unfairly overlooked by pundits beholden to bigger-label offal, this cover set of country and Americana tunes that have influenced Rodriguez has a tastiness and sweetness that’s rare for a Sheryl Crow chaser. Rodriguez’ tone is one bit Taylor Swift, one […]

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Notes from the Buddha Den… (6/9/2010)

…The Dayton music scene lost one of its most charismatic figures as Jason Dryden was found dead in his home on Thursday, May 13. Over the years, Dryden served as bassist for the bands Sleepybird, Fermata and Lazlo. He also taught at Stivers School for the Arts and helped organize the Fruit for the Egg […]

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Bubbly Breakthrough

Colbie Caillat headed to Fraze next week Though the title of Colbie Caillat’s sophomore album, Breakthrough, has nothing to 
do with how her career took off, the 
word literally defines her path to fame. Raised in L.A., the self-described beach girl and “lazy teenager” started writing and recording songs just for fun. A friend told […]

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Shining Stars – Earth Wind & Fire remain proud of 
established career

Last year there were indications that Earth Wind & Fire might have a special collection of music in the works for 
its fans. In an article in Billboard magazine, singer Philip Bailey said the group was planning to do a three CD set – one disc of new studio material, a live CD and a […]

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No Apology – Louisville’s the Fervor at South Park Tavern

Over the past several years, Louisville has emerged as a formidable music city in the Midwest. Within the city’s eclectic homegrown local scene, The Fervor have carved out a sizable niche. The current quartet – keyboardist/vocalist Natalie Felker, guitarist Ben Felker, bassist Michael Campbell and drummer Mat Herron – is fueled by the heartfelt songwriting […]

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Keeping Soul Alive – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings feel the groove You can call Sharon Jones the hardest working woman in show business. You can call her a stage sensation. Just don’t call her retro. Jones and her band the Dap-Kings make fine 1960s/1970s-rooted soul music, blending the sounds of Motown, Stax and Philly into an irresistible, timeless […]

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Cracker – Staying True To Self

Alternative Pop/Rock Band Cracker Headed to McGuffy’s Guitarist Johnny Hickman says he wouldn’t be happy playing with a band that stuck to a similar sound from song to song and album to album. Fortunately, Hickman is in Cracker, a band that after nearly 19 years together has established itself as being difficult to categorize. “I […]

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No Matter Where You Are

Hospital Garden Celebrate Release of Debut CD Chemistry is everything in rock n’ roll. You never know when a certain inexplicable combination of personalities might combine to create something much greater than its components. In the case of Chicago’s Hospital Garden, the indie trio discovered an enthralling dynamic in their music that can be heard […]

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Still Going Strong – Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls continue to evolve Johnny Rzeznik, singer/guitarist in the Goo Goo Dolls, is no songwriting neophyte. He’s been the band’s chief songwriter throughout its two-decade history and he’s written or co-written an enviable number of hit songs, with tunes like “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name” among his dozen top 10 adult top 40 hits. […]

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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 […]