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3rd Operation Giving Back Christmas at Middletown’s Old Crow Bar By Mike Ritchie Photo: Operation Giving Back Christmas vet Chris Casey of Casey and The Nobodies from last year’s event; photo: Teri Spence For the third year in a row, KuttingEdge Promotions will host Operation Giving Back Christmas, a benefit to help families in need during […]

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Release the wolves

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McGuff and the Dumpster Fires go for the throat at Jimmie’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Emily McGuff (center) and the Dumpster Fires on the cover of their new album, Wolves They’re part punk, part funk, and all messed up, according to the band. If the Clash hooked up with Janis Joplin, McGuff and the Dumpster […]

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A little Me Time

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Me Time releases Vol.2  at Cloverdale By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Me Time’s Andy Smith feels out the band’s Vol. 2 at Cloverdale Nov. 5; photo: Bill Cunningham For years now, Andy Smith has been churning out some of the best music in the Dayton scene. A talented guitarist and prolific songwriter, Smith has taken the stage […]

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‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’

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Malian musicians persevere against jihadists By Matt Clevenger In 2012, extremist groups captured an area larger than the UK in North Mali, instituting Sharia law and effectively banning most forms of music. Facing imprisonment, and in some cases death, bands and performing artists disappeared from the embattled territory almost overnight, going underground or fleeing to […]

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Men in black tie

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3 Piece Suit haunts Springfield’s Station 1 By Matt Clevenger photo: (l-r) Dylan Schartz, Barry Crabill, and BJ Krouse describe 3 Piece Suit’s sound as ‘sludge-jammer’ because they do whatever they want; photo: W. E. Arnold Springfield-based trio 3 Piece Suit may look like they are headed to an office or a funeral, but those scenarios […]

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Ms. Mojo rising

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MojoFlo heats up Peach’s by Matt Clevenger Photo: MojoFlo’s Amber Knicole swings into Peach’s with her ‘good-time funk’ sound Oct. 14; photo: Alan Nimblette, Heartbreak Photography It’s good to be MojoFlo right now. Named “Best Local Band” by both Columbus Monthly and (614) Columbus in 2016, the seven-member, Columbus-based neo-funk group also has regular gigs at […]

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Unity upheld

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Local bands raise guitars, LGBTQ support at GemFest By Mike Ritchie Photo: (l-r) Kei, Tom Black, and Kelly Chelston of Tiger Sex; photo: Richard Blondy In the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 report of more than 10,000 American LGBTQ 13- to 17-year-olds, although 75 percent polled that most of their peers didn’t have an issue with […]

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Rock royalty

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King’s X rocks the throne By Gary Spencer Photo: Doug Pinnick of King’s X belts out for loyal followers Sept. 29; photo: Jimmy Fuson Music can be therapeutic. For many, music is a conduit for hope, a way to cope with life. One band that many diehard fans believe in, almost like a higher power, is […]

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Many moons later

The Slackers at The Underworld in London on 10 July 2014

The Slackers finally return to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: The Slackers tear down the wall between band and audience; photo: Imelda Malczyck Ah, the ’90s… a time many people refer to as the good ol’ days in Dayton, a time when touring bands came to the Gem City by the dozens from across a spectrum […]

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Riding the (third) wave

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The Toasters resurrect ska at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Rich Graiko, Thad Merritt, Robert ‘Bucket’ Hingley, The Basement, and Logan Labarbera; photo: Stacy McReynolds Ska music has a long, rich history. Originating in Jamaica during the 1950s, the musical style fused elements of Caribbean dancehall music and calypso with American R&B and jazz, […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]