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Ready For A Comeback

Bret Michaels Performs At JD Legends By Alan Sculley Bret Michaels says a key reason he won the Celebrity Apprentice television show in May is that he doesn’t underestimate anyone – including himself. That sort of awareness and determination has shown itself in more critical ways recently than in winning a reality show. The frontman […]

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It’s something I can’t control

Human Reunion release ‘Arc De Square’ By Kyle Melton In the volatile world of underground rock, the likelihood of a band lasting more than a few months is a dicey proposition. For a band to endure nearly five years as one of Dayton’s perennial live favorites is even more unlikely. In the case of electro-rock […]

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Bubbly Breakthrough

Colbie Caillat headed to Fraze next week Though the title of Colbie Caillat’s sophomore album, Breakthrough, has nothing to 
do with how her career took off, the 
word literally defines her path to fame. Raised in L.A., the self-described beach girl and “lazy teenager” started writing and recording songs just for fun. A friend told […]

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No Apology – Louisville’s the Fervor at South Park Tavern

Over the past several years, Louisville has emerged as a formidable music city in the Midwest. Within the city’s eclectic homegrown local scene, The Fervor have carved out a sizable niche. The current quartet – keyboardist/vocalist Natalie Felker, guitarist Ben Felker, bassist Michael Campbell and drummer Mat Herron – is fueled by the heartfelt songwriting […]

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Keeping Soul Alive – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings feel the groove You can call Sharon Jones the hardest working woman in show business. You can call her a stage sensation. Just don’t call her retro. Jones and her band the Dap-Kings make fine 1960s/1970s-rooted soul music, blending the sounds of Motown, Stax and Philly into an irresistible, timeless […]

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Cracker – Staying True To Self

Alternative Pop/Rock Band Cracker Headed to McGuffy’s Guitarist Johnny Hickman says he wouldn’t be happy playing with a band that stuck to a similar sound from song to song and album to album. Fortunately, Hickman is in Cracker, a band that after nearly 19 years together has established itself as being difficult to categorize. “I […]

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Still Going Strong – Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls continue to evolve Johnny Rzeznik, singer/guitarist in the Goo Goo Dolls, is no songwriting neophyte. He’s been the band’s chief songwriter throughout its two-decade history and he’s written or co-written an enviable number of hit songs, with tunes like “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name” among his dozen top 10 adult top 40 hits. […]

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Nowhere Left To Run

The Rebel Set Perform in Support of ‘Across the Relentless Sea’ With tales of extravagant lifestyles and platinum record sales luring so many young musicians, it’s refreshing that some musicians embrace a more humble stance. In the case of Dayton’s The Rebel Set, delusions of grandeur have long since been abandoned. The Rebel Set consider […]

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New Music From Rockers Silverstein Inspired By Current Events

Silverstein singer Shane Told says he probably surprised himself by being able to achieve the initial lyrical vision he had for the band’s latest CD, A Shipwreck in the Sand. The CD represented Told’s first attempt to write a full-blown theme album, and that meant a whole new challenge. “I really thought it was going […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]