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I’m keeping the beat

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Motel Beds drummer Ian Kaplan discusses new album By W.C. Ruffnel The Motel Beds actively and negatively reinforce the opposite of several altruistic truths pertaining to rock n’ roll. The first of these is that rock n’ roll is a young man’s game – all pushing past their mid-thirties, the Motel Beds are comprised of […]

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Quiet noise

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Six Organs of Admittance bring beautiful obscurity to Ohio By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Christopher Altenburg of MonsterFresh.com The music of Six Organs of Admittance, the name given to the noisy psych-folk project of Ben Chasny, is airy, melodic and ear-biting all at the same time. It leaps out of the speakers, wrapping itself around […]

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Hello hello

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Perkins says Goodbye, Eddy’s Crusher says hello By Tim Anderl The spirit of innovation here in Dayton runs deep. It’s apparent in the technologies and inventions that our hometown heroes share with the world. The spirit is also alive and well in our music scene. That said, it’s no surprise that the musicians behind Goodbye/Crusher […]

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Treading new ground

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Wheels head in ambitious directions By Tim Anderl Though it is perhaps more likely that a confident Americana quintet would emerge from the streets of Yellow Springs than someplace in the U.K. (i.e. Mumford & Sons), it’s still surprising that five guys barely out of high school would emerge so fully-formed, refined and with an […]

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Busy bees

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Boston’s Pretty & Nice return to Dayton with new EP By Kyle Melton Imagine a steady stream of propulsive songs with undeniable hooks. Now, run it though unfiltered electrical current. Now filter it through the Zappa-meet-no wave sensibility. You’ve inadvertently just come face to face with the demented pop universe that is Boston’s Pretty & […]

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Holding on to hope

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Hawthorne Heights brings uncanny optimism to new EP, television By Tim Anderl Most bands would have called it a day having weathered the heartbreaking losses (of founding guitarist Casey Calvert), naysayers and label purgatory problems that Hawthorne Heights experienced over the course of their decade-long career. But rolling with the considerable punches and pitfalls they’ve […]

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Doing Terrible Things

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Fred Mascherino revives band for Dayton stop By Tim Anderl What started as a chance meeting between guitarist Fred Mascherino – a humble, but dedicated, guitarist from Pennsylvania – and me in a living room in Athens, Ohio, in the 00s, blossomed into a long-running friendship and an invitation to play in the Gem City. […]

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Back to the future

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Robthebank celebrates comeback with first LP By Tim Anderl When Dayton City Paper last caught up with Robthebank, a once-prominent fixture in the Gem City’s underground 90s-era music scene, the band had resurrected itself in 2011 from a decade-plus-long coma that threatened to leave the act inked onto the pages of Dayton’s music lore.  Proving […]

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Here they are now . . .

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Ringo Deathstarr wants to entertain us! By Tim Anderl When some musicians grow up, they abandon teen angst and volume, picking up those dusty acoustic guitars, trying desperately to channel Neil Young and Springsteen.  Others remain comfortable in their well-worn Nirvana shirts, channeling age and experience into faster and louder mind-melting exploits.  The phenomenon that […]

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Let them speak

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Austin’s Agent Ribbons make art and music of old into something new By Gary Spencer There are occasions when music and art inspired by the past are melded together to create something different, new and intriguing.  Such is the case with the two-woman duo Agent Ribbons.  Originally hailing from Sacramento, Calif., but now residing in […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/6

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New Picasso? A woman came home from work one sunny afternoon to find her house awry. She frantically observed a […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/30

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By Michelle Strauss Means of transportation When a woman arrived home from work she noticed something rather peculiar: a man […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]