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Ripping off Van Winkle

Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody make first visit to Dayton By Kyle Melton In terms of musical influence, Adam Franklin’s work with early ‘90s shoegaze outfit Swervedriver, as well as his solo work with Toshack Highway and now Bolts of Melody, casts an expansive shadow over modern guitar players. With his most recent effort, […]

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We’re all in this together

Chicago’s Hospital Garden returns to Dayton to release Haunter By Kyle Melton While small cities like Dayton may offer ample opportunities for bands to pursue their muse unhindered by expectations and build a strong community amongst themselves, in a city like Chicago, bigger clubs and regular appearances by big-name touring bands offer up-and-coming acts chances […]

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Leave the porch light on

The End Times Spasm Band brings early jazz into modern era By Kyle Melton In the early 20th century, the cultural and musical shift brought on by the advent of jazz defined the era. While the form’s rampant evolution quickly moved past its humble origins, its earliest strains continued to reveal themselves as a vibrant […]

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Dayton’s Ladyfest

The ladies don’t skirt around at this music festival By Gary Spencer I bet there are quite a few of you out there reading this and wondering, “What exactly is Ladyfest?” Ladyfest is a pancontinental, not-for-profit, music and arts festival that celebrates and showcases local female musicians, visual artists, fashion designers, performance artists and authors […]

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Let me see you smile

Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson comes to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer It’s no secret that America’s rich musical traditions continue serve as fertile material from which countless artists continue to draw. For Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson, most of his life has been spent mining American music and drawing inspiration for his own music. For fans of […]

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Drawing the blinds

Blind Bob’s celebrates its third anniversary By Benjamin Dale & W.C. Ruffnel Many people these days leave Dayton in search of a better life, but others stay and create a better life here. For Nate Mendenhall, general manager of Blind Bob’s bar in the Oregon District, leaving was never an option. Blind Bob’s, for the […]

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This eagle’s not bald

Josh Eagle and his Harvest City vultures By Benjamin Dale These days, in the relentless media climate of categorization, endless genre creation and labeling that often deadens music before the first listen, it is difficult to transcend judgment to be perceived as truly unique. “If I must call it something, I call it Americana Soul,” […]

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RTF on fire

Return to Forever goes back in time at PNC Pavilion By Khalid Moss Jazz is a language through which musicians communicate ideas, images and emotions to each other and to listeners. And, like language, jazz has its own set of clichés, turns of phrase and famous quotations. Pianist Chick Corea knows them all. In an […]

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Undress

Toads and Mice streamline for Dark Party By Kyle Melton In its current state, the music brewing up from the underground of Dayton’s independent rock scene shows exceptional variety for a humble, midwestern town. Over the past few years, Toads and Mice established themselves as one of the most promising young talents, combining harsh dissonance, […]

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Old vs. new

Choosing between online and traditional guitar lessons by Kyle Melton Learning to play any instrument is a potentially daunting task. For anyone seeking to attain rock god status with a guitar in hand, the obstacles abound. From choosing an instrument and maintaining it to learning both basic and advanced skills takes years to master. In […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]