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Critic’s Pick – Bob Marley Tribute Show

Bob Marley Tribute Show By Matt Clevenger Feb. 6 would have been Bob Marley’s 66th birthday and fans of the late world music icon can celebrate the occasion with internationally-known reggae artist Seefari this Sat., Feb. 26, as he presents his Annual Bob Marley Tribute Show at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs. Known for a […]

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Critic’s Pick – Matta Gawa

Matta Gawa By Kyle Melton For those looking to challenge their musical boundaries this weekend, DC duo Matta Gawa will provide an exceptional opportunity. With their self-described “cinematic chunks of post-hardcore improvised sound”, Matta Gawa takes cues from free jazz icons such as Sonny Sharrock and Ornette Coleman, as well as from the storied DC […]

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Critic’s Pick – The White Soots

The White Soots By Kyle Melton With the recent release of their eponymous debut, local trio The White Soots offered up an excellent dish of quality rock n’ roll. Fueled by the guitar histrionics of Kyle Byrum, the Soots filter 70s arena sludge, 60s garage, and 50s rock n’ roll into an exceptionally engaging package. […]

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Critics Pick – The Professors

The Professors By Matt Clevenger Dayton’s best indie and garage-rock will be at Blind Bob’s Tavern Friday, Feb. 11, as the Professors host a special CD release party for their new album “Will Not Lie Down,” with opening act the Dirty Socialites. Formed in 2004, the Professors are well-known for their catchy, raw rock n’ […]

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Critics pick – Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire

Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire By Kyle Melton Hailing from the unlikely locale of Grand Rapids, Mich., Nathan Kalish & The Wildfire deliver a sonic stew that sounds much more at home in a backwoods swamp. The band is currently out on tour in support of their latest album, Waterbirds, on which they combine muscular […]

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Critics pick – Kid Rock

Kid Rock By Matt Clevenger Straight from the Motor City, American Badass Kid Rock will bring his over-the-top live show to Ervin J. Nutter Center on Saturday, Jan. 29. On tour supporting his new album, Born Free, Rock has come a long way since the days of “Cowboy,” “Bawitdaba” and his short-lived marriage to Pamela […]

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Critic’s Pick – Social Distortion

Critic’s Pick – Social Distortion By Matt Clevenger Fans of punk, rockabilly, country and blues should check out the long-awaited new Social Distortion album “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,” just released on the band’s new label Epitaph Records Tuesday, Jan. 18. Formed in 1979, Social Distortion were among the founding fathers of American punk, and […]

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Critic’s Pick – Pop Evil at McGuffy’s

Pop Evil at McGuffy’s By Matt Clevenger Michigan-based rockers Pop Evil will visit Dayton this week, headlining a special show with opening acts 8KOunt and Vi Folly at McGuffy’s House of Rock on Saturday, Jan. 15. Featuring a sound reminiscent of Creed, Puddle of Mud and Three Doors Down, the band first gained national attention […]

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Critic’s Pick – Marcy Playground

Marcy Playground By Matt Clevenger Best-known for their provocative 1997 hit “Sex and Candy,” alternative rockers Marcy Playground will make a rare live appearance at McGuffy’s House of Rock this Saturday, Jan. 8.  Formed in 1995 by lead singer/songwriter John Wozniak, the group has survived several line-up changes over the years, releasing a series of […]

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ekoostik hookah

ekoostik hookah By Matt Clevenger Looking for an out-of-town New Year’s Eve party? Celebrate on High Street in Columbus and catch a special ekoostik hookah show with Freekbass and Tobotius at Newport Music Hall. Known for their biannual “Hookahville” festivals, ekoostik hookah has developed a Phish-like following since forming in Columbus back in 1991, touring […]

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Clutch at Bogart’s

Clutch at Bogart’s By Matt Clevenger Groove-metal icons Clutch will be in Cincinnati next week, appearing for a live show at Bogart’s on Thursday, Dec. 30. Best known for their influential self-titled album, the Maryland-based hard rock trio has released more than nine studio albums since forming in 1990 including “Transnational Speedway League,” “The Elephant […]

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George Clinton and Parliament- Funkadelic

George Clinton and Parliament- Funkadelic By Matt Clevenger Funk legends George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will appear at L.C. Pavilion in Columbus on Thursday, December 9, performing as part of a special holiday party sponsored by Columbus radio station Magic 98.9. Best known for funk hits like “Flashlight,” “Atomic Dog” and “Loopzilla,” Clinton has released more […]

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Days of the New at McGuffey’s House of Rock

Days of the New at McGuffey’s House of Rock By Matt Clevenger Days of the New will bring their unique style of acoustic guitar-driven metal to McGuffy’s House of Rock Saturday, November 27, offering fans a rare live appearance with opening acts Jeremy Neal, Desalitt and Dying to Meet You. Formed by singer/songwriter Travis Meeks […]

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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band By Matt Clevenger Part Gogol Bordello and part Southern Culture on the Skids, the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will bring their unique mix of high-intensity swing, rockabilly, country and blues to Dayton’s Canal Street Tavern on Wednesday, December 1. The Brown County, Indiana-based trio is known for catchy, kitschy […]

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Ryan Star At McGuffy’s

Rock By Russell Florence, Jr. McGuffy’s House of Rock presents rising artist Ryan Star Thursday, November 4. Star, a native of Long Island, New York, is a singer/songwriter who has increased his popularity thanks to the hit single “Breathe” from his recently released CD 11:59. Star particularly gained notice in 2006 as a formidable contestant […]

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Flashbulb Fires

Rock Critic’s Pick By Kyle Melton Recently named Best Indie Pop Band in Denver’s Westward Music Showcase, Flashbulb Fires will make a stop next week at South Park Tavern in Dayton. With a unique chamber pop flavor, this quartet employs a wide variety of instrumentation on their most recent album, Glory. Taking cues from contemporaries […]

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