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Busy bees

Boston’s Pretty & Nice return to Dayton with new EP By Kyle Melton Imagine a steady stream of propulsive songs with undeniable hooks. Now, run it though unfiltered electrical current. Now filter it through the Zappa-meet-no wave sensibility. You’ve inadvertently just come face to face with the demented pop universe that is Boston’s Pretty & […]

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Holding on to hope

Hawthorne Heights brings uncanny optimism to new EP, television By Tim Anderl Most bands would have called it a day having weathered the heartbreaking losses (of founding guitarist Casey Calvert), naysayers and label purgatory problems that Hawthorne Heights experienced over the course of their decade-long career. But rolling with the considerable punches and pitfalls they’ve […]

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Doing Terrible Things

Fred Mascherino revives band for Dayton stop By Tim Anderl What started as a chance meeting between guitarist Fred Mascherino – a humble, but dedicated, guitarist from Pennsylvania – and me in a living room in Athens, Ohio, in the 00s, blossomed into a long-running friendship and an invitation to play in the Gem City. […]

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Back to the future

Robthebank celebrates comeback with first LP By Tim Anderl When Dayton City Paper last caught up with Robthebank, a once-prominent fixture in the Gem City’s underground 90s-era music scene, the band had resurrected itself in 2011 from a decade-plus-long coma that threatened to leave the act inked onto the pages of Dayton’s music lore.  Proving […]

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Here they are now . . .

Ringo Deathstarr wants to entertain us! By Tim Anderl When some musicians grow up, they abandon teen angst and volume, picking up those dusty acoustic guitars, trying desperately to channel Neil Young and Springsteen.  Others remain comfortable in their well-worn Nirvana shirts, channeling age and experience into faster and louder mind-melting exploits.  The phenomenon that […]

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Let them speak

Austin’s Agent Ribbons make art and music of old into something new By Gary Spencer There are occasions when music and art inspired by the past are melded together to create something different, new and intriguing.  Such is the case with the two-woman duo Agent Ribbons.  Originally hailing from Sacramento, Calif., but now residing in […]

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Are you experienced?

Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival returns By Tim Anderl Harnessing a hard-fought-and-won, 11-year tradition for bringing hundreds of national and international musical frontrunners to Southwestern Ohio for a days-long, annual event, MidPoint Music Festival returns to downtown Cincinnati this week.  Unparalleled in this part of the country, and taking place in the city’s Over-the-Rhine district Thursday, […]

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No peanut butter here. Just jam!

Werk Out Festival’s third year moves to Legend Valley By Nick Schwab The Wizard of Oz was far ahead of its time with its classic mantra, “There’s no place like home.” Whether the red carpet has been brought out for you like a movie star or royalty, the comfort of “home” is a beautiful thing. […]

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I gotsta get paid

ZZ Top return with new album, La Futura By Alan Sculley It would appear that one word Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has learned when it comes to work on the long-awaited new CD, La Futura, by the band is patience. The project has been under way for several years now, and plenty of fans […]

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Chicago’s Voice of Addiction to join local punk favorites

Politically-minded punks punk our minds By W.C. Ruffnel From the Voice of Addiction Facebook: “To my family and friends. There was no permanent damage. I got 6 stitches inside and 25 outside and suffered extreme blood loss. I will not be able to walk for a long and/or drive for a long time. To my […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]