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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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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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Advice Goddess: 4/21

By Amy Alkon Malice in Wonderland My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can’t let go. She is the meanest, […]

News of the weird: 04/21

By Chuck Shepherd Government in action The predawn line in March actually started forming at midnight, snaking around the building […]

The Docket: 04/21

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Who? What? Me? Officers responded to a report […]

The man in the tall black hat

Troy-Hayner remembers Lincoln this month By Tim Walker Photo: Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture will be unveiled on May 3; […]

Chew on this: 04/14

Banishing the blues with blueberries By Jayne Powers A change of seasons often signals a change in what we eat. Springtime […]

The Docket: 04/14

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim A mirror misunderstanding Officers responded to a theft report in a grocery store parking lot. […]