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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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Heedfest: A love story

The ins and outs of the super-secret Robert Pollard fan event by Gary Spencer I’m home working on Thursday, July 7. Around 10:30 p.m. my phone rings. On the other line is my buddy Christopher Warner (aka the Warnz). I can tell he’s slammed a bit much to drink, but I remain patient as he […]

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What’s in a name?

Local musicians combine love of music and animals by Kyle Melton If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, it’s no wonder that so many music lovers name their beloved animals after some element of music. Whether it be naming your cat after a band, as in the case of the Motel Beds’ Darryl […]

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The battle of the Battle of the Bands

Different takes on Dayton’s legendary Battle of the Bands competitions By Benjamin Dale and W.C. Ruffnel If you were to travel anywhere across the country, perhaps even the world, in any given city you would likely come across some sort of band competition promising aspiring musicians fame and fortune of varying degrees. Dayton is no […]

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BJSR & Bearkat

Singer-songwriters team up and take over South Park Tavern By Benjamin Dale For any aspiring musician, the first career step often requires one essential ingredient: hustle. And BJSR’s got it in spades. When he’s not bringing his one-man show to bars and restaurants around Dayton, BJSR (aka Ben Rivet) makes his living playing music for […]

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Steve Miller

The Man. The Band. The Legend. By Benjamin Dale Some call him the space cowboy.  Some call him the gangster of love.  Still others know him as Maurice.  Whatever the alias, Steve Miller and his band continue to tour and record, and they are coming to the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on June 23. When […]

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Let It Ride

Eric Jerardi Band Brings Soulful Blues/Rock to Oregon Express By Kyle Melton For more than a century, the blues has served as fertile soil from which countless musical forms have sprouted. Nearly every American region has given birth to idiosyncratic interpretations of the form, and upon its electrification in the middle of the last century […]

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Summer in the City

DCP Summer Sampler Free Download By Kyle Melton, Benjamin Dale, Gary Spencer and W.C. Ruffnel With summer already kicking down spring’s door, it only seemed fitting that the DCP music staff would come together to create a mixtape for your summer adventures. Courtesy of music writers Benjamin Dale, W.C. Ruffnel and Gary Spencer, and Music […]

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YouIndie: the new frontier

Dayton-based Blog Connects Local and National Indie Culture By Kyle Melton It’s no secret that blog culture has infiltrated nearly every corner of life in the modern era. In the realm of music and pop culture, however, this takeover seems to have rendered traditional media outlets increasingly obsolete. Local blogger Tim Anderl of the YouIndie […]

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Getting Ghetto in the Gem City

Ghettoblaster Magazine Provides Unique Perspective on Modern Music By Kyle Melton Over the past few years, the monolithic music magazine Rolling Stone experienced significant dwindling of their pages as the indie favorite Paste eliminated its print edition altogether. Largely due to the rise of MP3 music blogs, which used their ability to provide true up-to-the-minute […]

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Going the Distance

Cake slices into Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center By Matt Clevenger It’s been more than a decade since Sacramento-based alternative rockers Cake first burst onto the national music scene with their quirky debut single “Going the Distance,” generating near-constant radio and MTV airplay and platinum record sales for their second album Fashion Nugget.  Since then, the band […]

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Healthy Spines

Captain of Industry Return After Two-Year Hiatus By Kyle Melton For anyone familiar with the embarrassment of musical riches springing forth from the humble fountain of Dayton, the name Captain of Industry surely stands as one of the most singular voices of the last decade. Formed from the ashes of Pigeye Jackson in 2002, Captain […]

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Mothers Meat

Chicago’s Dead Rider Return with The Raw Dents By Kyle Melton In a musical climate where virtually anything goes, it’s easy for recombinations of musical elements to fail to achieve anything beyond pastiche. In the hands of skilled craftspeople, however, there is a frontier of musical exploration standing open for innovation. For Chicago’s Dead Rider, […]

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Can’t hear the revolution

The Art of Consuming Music in the Digital Age By Kyle Melton As the web came of age in the early years of this century, a handful of sites emerged that gave bands unprecedented access to potential listeners. Sites such as Pure Volume and the ubiquitous Myspace enabled artists and listeners to interact on a […]

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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 […]