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With surgical focus

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Rare OTEP performance at McGuffy’s By Tim Anderl Otep Shamaya, the singer-songwriter behind heavy metal tour-de-force OTEP, possesses a sharp and polarizing personality that makes her one of the most compelling artists in heavy music and one of the bravest pioneers the genre has ever seen.  Her ferocity and laser focus aren’t limited to the […]

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Get It

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Buffalo Killers return with new album, Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. By Kyle Melton In a climate that seems to reward anything new and shiny the moment it arrives, it’s refreshing to see a band like Buffalo Killers continue to demonstrate the value of building roots. With their latest album, Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. (out August […]

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Room Service

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Omaha’s Drake’s Hotel Hits Blind Bob’s By W.C. Ruffnel Some motherfuckers got drums. Some got a wife and a drum machine. This is true for Chris Y. of Drake’s Hotel, a band that is composed of his wife, Amy Drake, and some machines that create the rhythmic backbone to their shoe-gayz tunes & tune drops.  […]

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Open Wounds

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Miss May I show ‘Heart’ to Warped Tour By Tim Anderl In 2008, a group of high school friends from Troy, whose loftiest goals went no further than playing cover songs after a day of skateboarding, found themselves with a growing local fan base and management by The Devil Wears Prada’s Chris Ruby.  Three months […]

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All Good Time, All Good Fun

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All Good Festival comes to Ohio in its 16th year By Nick Schwab The sweltering Ohio summer is in the air–one of the hottest on record, in fact– the girls are in bikinis and this is the time of the season for lovin’. It is also that time for us neo-hippies and music enthusiasts to […]

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The Finnish Lines

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Saara Markkanen brings folk from her part of the world to Dayton By Tim Anderl Already earning comparisons to folk heavies like Joni Mitchell, Finnish folk singer/songwriter Saara Markkanen plays and sings songs that are short stories about hope and wonder.  However, for listeners with American ears who don’t share her native tongue, her exact […]

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They Only Come Out at Night

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The Dark Unity festival makes its debut in Dayton at Club Aquarius By Gary Spencer Gothic and industrial music culture has been a much maligned and misunderstood one in the history of contemporary music. In more instances than not, goth/industrial culture and lifestyle has been relegated to the fringes or pushed so far underground that […]

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Who’s Your Daddy?

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Gas Daddy Go! pumps out hot King Elk and Me & Mountains jams By Tim Anderl In a recent issue of Columbus’ The Other Paper, Kevin Elliott (formerly of 84 Nash), told writer Joel Oliphant that Dayton is experiencing a musical renaissance.  Though he didn’t exactly elaborate on where the “renaissance” originated, the catalog of […]

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Don’t Call Them Another Girl Band

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Jasper the Colossal’s CD Release Event at Canal Street Tavern By Gary Spencer All-girl and otherwise girl-centric rock bands are hardly a new thing. While some of those bands have let their gender define their art, Daytonian all-girl rock/punk quartet Jasper the Colossal shy away from letting their being women playing in what is usually […]

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Cure for the Summertime Blues

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DCP Presents Second Annual Summer Sampler by Kyle Melton with Tim Anderl, Gary Spencer and W.C. Ruffnel You know that summer is that perfect season for music: a soundtrack for driving, a narrative for that summer love, or that song that defines your mood for months on end. Our devoted music writers here at the […]

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Thank Me Later

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Drake Brings “Club Paradise” tour to Riverbend Music Center By Alan Sculley Drake begins his “Club Paradise” tour knowing that headlining what looks to be the summer’s biggest R&B/hip-hop tour means that this is more than doing a show for his fans. It’s a responsibility. “I hope that they’ll look at the production, look at […]

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Band of Brothers

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Avett Brothers’ Roots Remain Strong Amidst Cancer Fight By Tim Anderl With a career lasting longer than a decade and producing some of the most raw and organic albums that combine bluegrass, folk and rock in modern music, and trips to Austin City Limits and the Grammys to perform with Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers […]

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Maladies D’esprit

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Dementia Precox Back Together to Continue the Musical Legacy of Gyn Cameron By Gary Spencer There are many Dayton artists whose musical contributions and legacies are well known and acknowledged all over the world such as Zapp’s Roger Troutman and Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard.  But for every one of those well known and respected […]

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The Dirty Clergy Won’t Be Kept Down

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Regardless of Facing Blind Criticism, Art Will Prevail By Nick Schwab Despite The Dirty Clergy facing hometown ridicule in their largely religious and conservative city of Winfield, Alabama, the band hopes to start the new rock and roll transmission. Are you already receiving on their frequency? “A lot of the people [here] ask about the […]

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Mad Anthony

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Cincinnati’s Angriest Tonys Love This City By W.C. Ruffnel Sometimes, three folks are better than four. In the case of Cincinnati’s Mad Anthony, that’s clearly true. Having once had a bass, the now two-guitared-one-drumkit attack of these fellas is an exploration in the sonically sound and fucking-fist-pumping perversion of rock and roll. To see them […]

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Another Excellent Season

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Fraze’s 2012 Summer Lineup By Jordan Mills Pleasant Mention the Fraze Pavilion, and you might turn some heads.  That’s because everyone knows how amazing a venue the Fraze really is — boasting a track record which includes some of the most notable bands to visit Dayton, almost everyone in the Miami Valley region, and certainly […]

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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 […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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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 […]