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Stand by your van

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Kelly Zullo hauls off-the-grid living to Beavercreek By Matt Clevenger Like sailors and their ships, touring musicians often develop a special bond with their vans. Countless songs and even entire albums have been written or named in tribute to these iconic vehicles, but few artists have taken their love of the van as far as […]

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It’s always sunny

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Area indie band Speaking Suns rocks Bob’s By Matt Clevenger “Progressive pop-rock.” “Experimental rock-folk indie.” “Indie pop rock-and-roll soul.” Writers have described the Speaking Suns in many different ways, but labeling the Yellow Springs-based group’s unique sound is still difficult, even for its own members. “It’s hard to describe,” Speaking Suns guitarist/vocalist Jake Diebold says. “I […]

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The Barenaked truth

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BNL, Howard Jones and OMD at Rose By Rusty Pate Barenaked Ladies have carved out quite a career in the 28 years since its inception. Barenaked Ladies have sold millions of albums, garnered music industry award nominations and topped American and Canadian singles charts with songs like “Jane,” “It’s All Been Done” and “One Week.” […]

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The Bucko stops here

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Cincinnati band takes on Yellow Springs’ Peach’s By Justin Kreitzer Emerging  Cincinnati indie rock quartet Bucko—formed just last year from the ashes of the beloved local acts Black Owls and Killtones—consists of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Losacker, guitarist/vocalist Ed Shuttleworth, bassist Josh Pilot and drummer Brian Kitzmiller. The band is currently writing and recording their […]

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Rag, mama, rag

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The Ragbirds flock to Peach’s By Miranda Brooks The Ragbirds have been at it for 10 years now, officially. The Ann Arbor-based five-piece is endearingly ragged-y, and the gaggle (or flock?) is led by a true songbird, their frontwoman, Erin Zindle. The band’s traditional, acoustic instrumentation could easily classify them singularly as folk. But the […]

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(F)unpredictable

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Rum River Blend brings wild bluegrass to Troy’s Mayflower Arts Center Theater By Tim Smith Go to any community—large, small or in-between—and you’ll find a group of friends who get together to play music. Some do it in church, some make a name for themselves outside their hometown and some do it just for fun. […]

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‘Soulclad boogie funk’

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Common Center brings gypsy jam spirit to Trolley By Miranda Brooks At the core of Common Center is a dynamic balance of sound. And the dynamics are such that, musically, the band’s strength lies in their non-traditional configuration, and incorporation of each player’s sound—ranging from a 12-string acoustic guitar to saxophone to keys to violin […]

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Rocking the Billy

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Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds rev up the Trolley By Mike Ritchie Cherry Lee and The Hotrod Hounds will have been around for a half-decade next October with Cassandra Barker, Skyp Krantz, Kevin Schirmer, Casey Ott and Brian Hoeflich waving the rockabilly flag in Dayton and surrounding areas. They like genres that teeter […]

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Like a rolling stone

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Songwriter Troy Petty rolls into Taffy’s of Eaton By Tim Anderl Chicago native and Columbus, Ohio, transplant Troy Petty is the kind of song writer whose natural inclinations and intuitions result in stirring indie rock singer/songwriter fare that has connected with both audiences in his adopted home city and abroad. Taking cues from songwriting greats […]

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Life me up

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Lewis Knudsen brings sing-along pop to Yellow Spring’s Spirited Goat By Justin Kreitzer Genre-defiant and highly prolific Quad Cities singer-songwriter Lewis Knudsen released The Way Of Most Resistance last summer.  His latest and greatest album sees him branching out into funk and soul music complete with jubilant horns and danceable rhythms, where previously his eclectic […]

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Victoriapalooza

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Victoria Theatre announces concert series featuring heavy-hitting local artists By Rusty Pate Much has changed since 1866, but one constant has been the theater sitting on the corner of Dayton’s First and Main Streets. It began as the Turner Opera House and its name has changed several times in the 150 years since. Today, it […]

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‘Pot roast and kisses’

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The Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band at Oddbody’s By Tim Walker “Hell Naw.” “Pot Roast and Kisses.” “Pickin Pawpaws.” “Raise a Little Hell.” To the uninitiated, these might sound like prime examples of modern catchphrases lifted from the Appalachian dialect. To one of the many loyal fans of Reverend Peyton’s music, however, these […]

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2016 space rock odyssey

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Ruckzuck brings modern Krautrock to Spirited Goat By Mike Ritchie Creepy, psychedelic, atmospheric, ambient shoe-gaze could be words to describe the Island Park, New York-based retro outfit Ruckzuck. The group specializes in psychedelic sounds that harken back to the space-aged ’70s, with the mind-altering mood and trippy echoes of the ’60s. Their catalog sounds like […]

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Thrashing about

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Colorado’s Havok brings thrasher metal to Rockstar By Allyson B Crawford “Being on the road can be creatively prohibitive,” Havok rhythm guitarist and vocalist David Sanchez tells the Dayton City Paper. “There are a lot of other things to do. We don’t have techs, so we do everything ourselves, and that means we don’t have […]

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We want the neo-funk

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Charles Walker Band gets groovy at Trolley By Katie Christoff Jazz, funk, soul, R&B—the Charles Walker Band has done it all. Since Charles Walker started the band over 12 years ago in Milwaukee, he’s had a variety of musical influences and styles. Walker is the only original band member, and he says that has had […]

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When doves fly

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Indiana’s Red Clay Pigeons bring folk-rock to Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Muncie, Indiana-based singer-songwriter Wesley Moore previously released a deeply personal solo album, In The Wake, in 2014.  For his next project, he has recruited a band—Red Clay Pigeons—featuring the talents of multi-instrumentalist Bryce Robertson, keyboardist Ian Taylor and drummer Allen Tucker.  Alongside Moore’s pleasant […]

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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, […]