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Wavves returns with Afraid of Heights By W. C. Ruffnel Photo: Wavves perform in Columbus on April 2 with new album Afraid of Heights; photo credit; Cat Roif Wavves have been indie darlings for, like, a minute now. Their previous album King of the Beach was released in 2010 to glowing reviews by everyone in the […]

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The Hummingbird Effect

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Local Natives’ second album is darker, more emotional  By Nick Schwab Photo: Local Natives visit Cincinnati March 25 and Columbus March 26 with their new album, Hummingbird; photo credit: Bryan Sheffield They say three times is a charm … but why not less? Local Natives is a band that had a fantastic first album in Gorilla […]

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Don’t call it a comeback…

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…although Native won’t mind if you do By Tim Anderl Photo: Native will perform at The Southgate House Revival on March 20; photo credit: David Summers Hailing from northwest Indiana, Native is comprised of four friends who came together after realizing they were each the most serious about music in their respective former high school bands. […]

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Stay calm and rock out

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Hostage Calm suggest punk solutions for modern problems By Tim Anderl Photo: Hostage Calm visit The Basement in Columbus on March 12; photo credit: Jamie Moore Please Remain Calm, the October 2012 release by Hostage Calm is more than the band’s opus: it’s their manifesto. It is a punk album for the looming recession, by a brave […]

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Listen up!

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2013 local bands to watch If you’ve spent any time observing the Dayton music scene and the bands that make the rounds therein, certainly you have an awareness that, like a Midwestern Fountain of Youth, Dayton music possesses an incredible ability to regenerate itself over time. With almost clockwork precision, new bands rise up and […]

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Giants among us

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They Might Be Giants return with Nanobots By Alan Sculley Photo: [l to r] John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants; photo credit: Dominic Neitz When Nanobots arrives on March 5, it will be the 16th album the duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell has released as They Might Be Giants over […]

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Motherly love

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Menomena strips down with new album Moms By Kate E. Lore Photo: Menomena [l to r] Danny Seim and Justin Harris rwill perform on Friday, Feb. 15 at The Basement in Columbus  photo credit: Alicia J .Rose Every human being on earth gets their own unique experience; this is the journey that we call life. We […]

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Kings of yeah

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Dayton expatriates still rockin’ in new band Connections By Gary Spencer photo: Columbus quintet Connections play Canal Street Tavern Feb. 8; photo credit: Rachael Barbash Does anyone in our readership remember the rock n’ roll machine from just north of Dayton called 84 Nash? They didn’t play out a lot before members relocated themselves and the […]

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Living for the city

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Third annual Dayton Does Dayton tribute show returns  By Zach Rogers photo: participants of 2013 Dayton Does Dayton tribute show; photo credit: Amanda Barbosa Photography As any fan of the local music scene will tell you, Dayton has a long, rich musical history complete with ups, downs, twists and turns, and through it all some […]

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Suite disposition

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Tim Pritchard enlists new collaborators on search for his Pet Sounds  By Tim Anderl Photo: Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite on stage at Canal Street Tavern: [l to r] Tony Moore, Trevor Bell, Tim Pritchard and Phil Caviness It would be easy to mistake Tim Pritchard’s persistent smile for a carefree spirit. Though Pritchard is […]

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This ain’t your normal country band! … but it also is

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Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons adhere to and subvert traditions  By Nick Schwab Nowadays music has to be extra special to retain interest. Whether it be due to there being so much music out there, the new market for singles, or even the short attention spans spawned by video games, listeners make up their […]

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A little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll

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Homemade fuse disparate influences for rootsy sound  By Tim Anderl Homemade, an Ohio-based quartet assembled by Buffalo Killers  guitarist Andy Gabbard, delivers a sound that blends elements of country, rock and psychedelia that appeals to a new generation of rockers who appreciate Americana and alt-country for its rootsy, down-home approach. Listeners raised on a combination […]

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All alone in this big, big world

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Trin Tran demystifies what it means to be a band  By Zach Rogers When you first set eyes on him, it demands a second glance. A bass drum, some keyboards and him, Trin Tran, with his guitar in hand and a pint of beer within arm’s reach. Because honestly, with so much to control at […]

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I feel fine

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Songs for the end of the world By Tim Anderl So, the Mayan calendar is running out of days. Does this mean we can quit sweating the “fiscal cliff”? Does it mean that our coupons for buy one, get one free Big Macs will remain unused in 2013, because there won’t be a 2013? My […]

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Young, loud, but not snotty

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PUBLIC brings upbeat vibes to South Park Tavern  By Zach Rogers One minute, you’re playing in a battle of the bands competition at a local bar. The next you’re making phone calls, getting in the studio and expanding your sound in ways you never thought possible. Such is the story of PUBLIC, a young band […]

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Rock n’ roll’s got soul

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Dan Raridan & the Calientes rock South Park Tavern  By Zach Rogers Rock n’ roll and Dayton are two things that go hand in hand. From what I’ve seen and heard, it’s been that way for a while. Maybe that’s why Dan Raridan just won’t let go of his love for Dayton and the music […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]