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A Dayton musicians watering hole

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Rock This Block parties at Riff Raff By Matt Clevenger Photo: Johnny Fink and the Intrusion Rock this Block at Riff Raff July 24; photo: Mike Howard It started with a simple idea. “It’s built on just a conversation with musicians standing out in front of my bar,” Riff Raff Tavern owner Mike Schmidt says. […]

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The alt Grammys

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Alternative Press Music Awards runs third year By Tim Anderl Photo: All Time Low’s Zack Merrick and Alex Gaskarth host this year’s AP Music Awardsphoto courtesy of Adrenaline PR Thirty years ago, in the comfort of his bedroom, Clevelander Mike Shea launched a cut-and-paste fanzine, never imagining the endeavor would grow to become one of […]

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Go ask Alice—and Johnny and Joe

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Hollywood Vampires new supergroup graces Fraze By Tim Walker Photo: Alice Cooper is still looking to write the best song ever writtenphoto: Ross Halfin Rock stars—they come and go. Few of them become household names, and even fewer achieve the status of musical icons. But in the universe of hard rock and heavy metal, your […]

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Guitarmageddon

Michael Kelsey experiments at Peach’s by Matt Clevenger Photo: Dulcimer player Butch Ross strums his way to Taffy’s; photo: Trish Wileman Using only a few electronic effects and his trusty Taylor 615 acoustic, Indianapolis-based recording artist Michael Kelsey has spent decades pushing the boundaries of guitar playing and creating a musical career built on creativity and […]

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An American idol

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Phillip Phillips makes Rose home By Miranda Brooks Photo: Phillip Phillips debuts new tracks at Rose Music Center June 28; photo courtesy of Phillip Phillips America’s seemingly favorite Idol to date, Phillip Phillips, not only embodies our culture’s fascination with overnight success, but also stands to prove his relevance within the music industry—alongside the help […]

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Stand by your van

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Kelly Zullo hauls off-the-grid living to Beavercreek By Matt Clevenger Like sailors and their ships, touring musicians often develop a special bond with their vans. Countless songs and even entire albums have been written or named in tribute to these iconic vehicles, but few artists have taken their love of the van as far as […]

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It’s always sunny

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Area indie band Speaking Suns rocks Bob’s By Matt Clevenger “Progressive pop-rock.” “Experimental rock-folk indie.” “Indie pop rock-and-roll soul.” Writers have described the Speaking Suns in many different ways, but labeling the Yellow Springs-based group’s unique sound is still difficult, even for its own members. “It’s hard to describe,” Speaking Suns guitarist/vocalist Jake Diebold says. “I […]

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The Barenaked truth

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BNL, Howard Jones and OMD at Rose By Rusty Pate Barenaked Ladies have carved out quite a career in the 28 years since its inception. Barenaked Ladies have sold millions of albums, garnered music industry award nominations and topped American and Canadian singles charts with songs like “Jane,” “It’s All Been Done” and “One Week.” […]

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The Bucko stops here

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Cincinnati band takes on Yellow Springs’ Peach’s By Justin Kreitzer Emerging  Cincinnati indie rock quartet Bucko—formed just last year from the ashes of the beloved local acts Black Owls and Killtones—consists of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Losacker, guitarist/vocalist Ed Shuttleworth, bassist Josh Pilot and drummer Brian Kitzmiller. The band is currently writing and recording their […]

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Rag, mama, rag

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The Ragbirds flock to Peach’s By Miranda Brooks The Ragbirds have been at it for 10 years now, officially. The Ann Arbor-based five-piece is endearingly ragged-y, and the gaggle (or flock?) is led by a true songbird, their frontwoman, Erin Zindle. The band’s traditional, acoustic instrumentation could easily classify them singularly as folk. But the […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]