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The Rockin’ O’ the Green

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John Dubuc & The Guilty Pleasures at South Park Tavern St. Pat’s “matinee” John Dubuc (right) with Guilty Pleasures bassist Tom Rastikis. Photo: Jennifer Taylor By Tim Walker The key to enjoying your St. Patrick’s Day this year in Dayton, like the key to so many things in life, can be found in a single […]

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Crowd-funder road warrior garage-rock

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When Particles Collide duo at Jimmie’s By Justin Kreitzer When Particles Collide is a garage-rock duo that calls Bangor, Maine, their home and who epitomize the DIY attitude of indie rock with their relentless touring schedule. Husband and wife, vocalist/guitarist Sasha Alcott and drummer Chris Viner formed the band in 2010. They have since released […]

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Going Forward with Dark Backward

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Playing good art at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Dark Backward (L-R) Patrick Berry, Eric Purtle, Jim Ingram, Jeff Brelsford, and Jeff Vahldie. By Mike Ritchie  |  Photo by Corn Photography The five-piece Dayton-based Dark Backward have long-standing ties to the Los Angeles scene and almost two decades in the local scene. Named after a movie as […]

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Cricketbows distilled

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Duo Wells & Watson’s psychedelic sounds at CVG’s Listing Loon Wells and Watson duo, Aarika Watson and Chad Wells, of Cricketbows to play at the Listing Loon in Cincinnati. By Tim Walker  |  Photos By Michael Morris According to ancient tradition, shamans are defined as people who are regarded as having access to, and influence […]

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Play that damn guitar

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Jay Jesse Johnson Band will perform at the Dublin Pub Jay Jesse Johnson playing that damn guitar. Photo: Ed Sawicki By Tim Smith It’s been said that sometimes you have to leave home to find your true calling. Indiana-born blues guitarist and singer, Jay Jesse Johnson is living proof of that adage. His band will […]

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Southern rock charm

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Jake Roberts Band bring outlaw country to Dark Horse Tavern Jake Roberts Band (L-R) Jake Roberts, Mark Bishop, and Nate Jenkins. Photo: Kendra Weatherholt By Justin Kreitzer Alongside the recent mainstream success stories of fellow retro-minded country & western artists such as Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, Franklin, Ohio’s Jake Roberts Band embodies the brash […]

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The men in black (shirts) are back

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Trey Stone and the Ringers at Trolley Stop Trey Stone and the Ringers (Left to Right) Jason Swann, Joahn Dubuc, Brian Hoeflich, Trey Stone, Rich Reuter, Eric Knorr, Erich Reith, and Leo Smith By Tim Smith True to their motto “Rock and roll music, played by men in black shirts”, Trey Stone and the Ringers […]

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Garage days revisited 

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The Daytimers return to Bob’s The Daytimers’ guitarist Blake Bergere (L) and bassist Chris Gilkes (R) By Mike Ritchie Whether from  garages, basements, or dorms, all bands start somewhere. The four-piece Dayton garage-rockers The Daytimers started their journey playing at parties, dorms, and charity events. They amassed a loyal core base that liked them as […]

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Underground local

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Peach’s Grill presents Subterranean Subterranean’s (l-r) Chuckie Love, Stephen Buttree, Chris Coalt, and Rob Brockman. Photo by Libby Ballengee By Tim Smith Dayton has long been an active market for local bands, and there’s no shortage of talent in every musical genre. There doesn’t appear to be a shortage of listeners and fans, either. In an […]

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What was once old is new again

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The Pullouts bring their traditional rock sound to the Dublin Pub The Pullouts (l-r) Andrew Fletcher, John Roby, Scott Houchens, and Geoff Hill. Photo: J Spivey Photography By Tim Walker There’s just something about classic rock. The Eagles, Bob Seger, Elton John, the Who, Steely Dan. You turn on the radio and tune in to […]

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How’s this for honesty?

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You vs. Yesterday at Bob’s You Vs. Yesterday’s (l-r) Cody Collins, Kramer Welker, and Michael Murray By Tim Walker Images by Ryan Ferdelman   It has been said that the definition of a “musician” is this: someone who puts $5000 worth of gear into a $500 vehicle, then drives 100 miles to play a $50 […]

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Electric Celtic

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Cleveland’s Mary’s Lane’s unique style at Dublin Pub Mary’s Lane (l-r) Tessa Thistlewaite, Patrick Mulloy, Brent Hopper, Matt Sofranko,     Michael Crawly, Mark Whalen By Gary Spencer Cleveland has a long, varied, and storied history of the annals of rock history. Everyone from The Moonglows to James Gang to The Raspberries to The Dead […]

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Horror business

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Ex-Misfits vocalist Michale Graves performs at Dayton’s Rockstar Michale Graves performs at Rockstar on December 21 By Gary Spencer     Some names are synonymous with certain styles of music, whether it be Beethoven with classical, Robert Johnson with the blues, Duke Ellington with jazz, or Black Sabbath with heavy metal. When “horror punk” is […]

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Jingling bells rock

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REO Speedwagon adds Christmas to their Hobart Arena Troy stopover Still rocking after 50 years, REO Speedwagon returns to Troy. Photo: Randee St. Nicholas. By Tim Walker The holiday season is filled with traditions – some of which, admittedly, remain more popular than others. As the weather turns colder, we cringe as we suddenly find […]

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An experiment gone right, at Oddbody’s

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DCP interviews Moon Hooch saxophonist / vocalist Mike Wilbur Moon Hooch’s Wenzl McGowen, James Muschler (drums), and Mike Wilbur. Photo: Jeff Spirer By Paul Noah At inception, on the subway platforms of New York City in 2010, Moon Hooch was accurately, and simply, described as two sax players and a drummer. Though still a trio, […]

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Holiday classic rolls-in

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Mannheim Steamroller on stage at Schuster Performing Arts Center Photos: Matt Christine Photography. Mannheim Steamroller performs at the Schuster Center November 29 By Alan Sculley Fans of Mannheim Steamroller and its career-making series of Fresh Aire albums figure to have a pretty merry next few months. First off, the annual holiday tour that finds two different Mannheim […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]