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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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Together…

The New Pornographers, the Walkmen visit Bogart’s in Cincinnati By Matt Clevenger Originally formed in 1997, Canadian indie-rock legends the New Pornographers helped set the tone for more than a decade’s worth of alternative music, thanks to a series of hits beginning with the classic single “Letter from an Occupant” and ending with a current […]

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Record Store Day spins on

Local Indie Stores celebrate 4th annual Record Store Day By Kyle Melton Since its inception in 2008, Record Store Day has attracted enthusiastic record collectors seeking exclusive titles available only on this day and garnered much-needed attention for fledgling indie record stores across the country. With hundreds of exclusive titles ranging from rare re-issues to […]

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At Least We Have Each Other

Southeast Engine Returns with Canary By Kyle Melton Americans watched helplessly as their nation descended into economic despair in late 2008. Dayton native Adam Remnant took a look at the situation and created an artistic statement both observational and transcendental. On Southeast Engine’s fourth album, Canary, Remnant ties the American experience of economic hardship and […]

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Guided By Voices comes home

Dublin Pub set the stage for a classic GBV show on March 16 By Kyle Melton Deep into their epic set at Dublin Pub on St. Practice Day, the Classic Lineup of Dayton’s Guided By Voices (GBV) broke into the track “Lethargy” from their 1992 breakthrough album, Propeller. While the track barely breaks the one-minute […]

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Rip It Up

Wanda Jackson Returns with The Party Ain’t Over By Kyle Melton One of rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest female participants, an Oklahoma teenager named Wanda Jackson, forged a fiery sound with her single “Let’s Have a Party,” earning her the title of “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Over her nearly 50-year career, Jackson continued to work […]

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Why We Care So Much

Sam at Eleven Celebrate Release of Debut Album ‘The Year We Won’ By Kyle Melton It can often be a struggle for emerging local bands to find their niche and build a sizable following. In the case of the defunct alt-punk quartet HQAX [pronounced ‘hoax’], external confusion regarding their name and internal confusion over the […]

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Funeral for a Satellite

The Esther Caulfield Orchestra at South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton While the myriad of music that emerged from the 1960s continues to inform and inspire modern practitioners, there are those acolytes that seek to faithfully reinterpret the tones and production values of that bygone era. As one of these acts, the Esther Caulfield Orchestra […]

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Hit and run

Austin’s the Hi-Tones stop in Dayton En Route  to SXSW By Kyle Melton It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that Austin, Texas is one of the most affluent music cities in the world at the moment. From the Austin City Limits television program to the massive South by Southwest (SXSW) annual music festival right down […]

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Bent around a dying dream

Louisville’s The Fervor Celebrate Release of ‘Arise, Great Warrior’ By Kyle Melton Hardly a day goes by anymore without yet another story coming out decrying the death of the music industry and claiming that people will never pay for music again. While the traditional music industry may be dying, that hardly means the death of […]

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They will rise

As I Lay Dying to invigorate the Attic By Nick Schwab Hitting the listener with blunt force trauma, the attack of As I Lay Dying is obeisantly a metal band. However, if one were to make an incision into the heart or the brain of the lyrics, it would reveal the San Diego, Calif. act […]

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Worth the trip: Interpol

One-on-one with Daniel Kessler By Christopher Schutte Interpol makes their first area appearance in nearly four years at the LC in Columbus’ Arena District on Sunday, Feb. 13. The band is touring in support of their ambitious new self-titled album and has been receiving rave reviews for their current live show. Recently departed bass player […]

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Guided by Vices

Music that’s ‘worth it’ this month By Christopher Schutte While the winter months are traditionally not flush with noteworthy new releases (or live shows), there are certainly more than a few worthy of your attention. As we are constantly assaulted with a never-ending stream of information, time has become the most precious of commodities. With […]

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Hometown Glory

Why Dayton beats to the sound of its own drum By Keith Bange When most people speak of their hometown and the pride that they take in the things that make their town what it is, music is a very large part in some circles. A local music scene is a very important cog in […]

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The Proof

The Bengsons Bring Vaudeville to Canal Street Tavern By Matt Clevenger It was a chance meeting in New York City that gave birth to husband and wife folk-rock duo the Bengsons and their story reads like a scene straight out of a Broadway musical. “We actually met because we were playing in somebody else’s band […]

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Amor or Armor

Dayton’s Dirty Socialites Plan Debut Album Release By Matt Clevenger Local indie/alternative rockers the Dirty Socialites are off to a good start in 2011, with their debut album “Amor or Armor” set for release early this year and a series of upcoming shows planned throughout January and February. “We’re just putting the finishing touches on […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]