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The language of song

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Francesca Blanchard brings her multicultural music to UD By Gary Spencer Inspiration for writing music comes from many places and personal experiences. That inspiration is drawn from far away memories, experiences growing up, places we lived a long time ago and everything in between. For Francesca Blanchard, a singer/songwriter, style, sound, lyrics and inspiration is […]

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… Was their name-O

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Yellow Cab hosts Nasty Bingo album release show By Mike Ritchie Photo: Nasty Bingo plays their album release show Saturday, Jan. 23 at Yellow Cab Building The core of what is now Nasty Bingo started in 2006. Through many trials, tribulations, experiments in music and different members, they have arrived today with a diversely delivered […]

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Lonesome highway grooves

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The Devil Doves’ Dayton debut at Trolley By Gary Spencer Photo: The Devil Doves perform Jan. 15 at The Trolley Stop If you’ve ever made the drive from Dayton to Columbus, you know the scenery well (or lack thereof). Once you get past Springfield, there isn’t much to look at until you get closer to […]

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Come what may

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Beesly talks genre-acceptance, family loyalty and crazy Bryan Adams fans By Mike Ritchie Photo: Beesly plays Saturday, Jan. 9 at South Park Tavern Though many might think of the doll from the TV series Family Affair, the guys from Beesly got their name from a different, more modern show. Beesly members are big fans of […]

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Coming to you live, from Dayton!

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Gem City touring highlights of 2015 By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Al Yankovic’s appearance at Fraze this summer was one to be remembered Well gang, 2015 is about to come to an end. Time flies when you’re having fun, and judging by staggering amount of good touring acts that came to the Gem City this […]

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Holly jolly Holidayton

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Dayton’s annual winter show at Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Story Changes will play at Holidayton, Saturday, Dec. 26 at Blind Bob’s For the past 12 Christmas seasons, show-goers of Dayton have been treated to a very special event: Holidayton. This show, which features two stages and more than twice the performers of your […]

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Loud and weird

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The Orphan, The Poet play Canal Public House By Rusty Pate Photo: The Orphan, The Poet will host their Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 18 at Canal Public House; photo: Corey Davis The Orphan, The Poet are a rock band. They play loud and aggressive rock music. They were once told at their merch table that […]

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Have tunes, will travel

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Wandering duo make stop at Canal Public House By Katie Christoff Photo: The Punknecks will play Canal Public House on Dec. 10 at 9:30 p.m.; photo: Al Graham From living out of a car to starting their own record label, Jason and Polly Punkneck, known to their fans as the Punknecks, have done it all. […]

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Point blank

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Two Punch Gun plays Canal Public House By Mike Ritchie Photo: Drummer Tommy Bleigh of Two Punch Gun, who play Dec. 5 at Canal Public House; photo: Ethan Bielik Media Two Punch Gun are about a year and a half old out of the chamber but they have already played 50 days (as of Halloween) […]

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Rock from the heart of it all

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Motel Beds, mr. Gnome at Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Nicole Barille and Sam Meister of mr. Gnome, who will play Nov. 28 at Blind Bob’s It’s not often that one looks at a rock show in Dayton and its lineup, and then considers it a can’t-miss affair—a “megashow,” if you will. However, that’s exactly […]

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Eager to please

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The Black Lillies to play Oddbody’s Music Room By Justin Kreitzer Photo: The Black Lillies perform at Oddbody’s on Nov. 19; photo: Joseph Llanes The Black Lillies are a Knoxville-based Americana band led by singer-songwriter Cruz Contreras. Their hybrid sound effortlessly blends elements of classic country and western, and dusty folk-rock with punchy Motown-like horns […]

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Back from the dead

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Vinyl records creep back to mainstream By Rusty Pate Photo: The Raging Nathans, Losing It (2014) There’s a growing revolution in the music industry, and it has little to do with instruments or musical notes. Vinyl records have risen from the dead. The process of recording and selling music dates back to Thomas Edison and […]

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Eat your smiles

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Japanese Action Comic Punk Band Peelander-Z lands again By Gary Spencer Photo: Peelander-Z will appear at RockStar Pro Arena on Nov. 9; photo: Brian Byers As a music journalist, I find most artists to be relatively straightforward when discussing their music. However, the New York-based, self-proclaimed “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band Peelander-Z has is a […]

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Feral Conservatives come to Canal By Christian Roerig Photo: Matt Francis and Rashie Rosenfarb of Feral Conservatives will perform on Oct. 8 at Canal Public House It’s not often that a band will have a completely interesting sound, and most of the time when they do, it’s something that’s too weird or unlistenable to most […]

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That new old-time rock and roll

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The Pullouts bring nostalgic piano-rock tunes to Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Pullouts will perform at Blind Bob’s on Sept. 11; photo: Lainey Hill Many music fans in recent years have complained that modern music has lost something. Some indefinable quality, common in the musical landscape of decades past, is now missing in the […]

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This one’s for the girls

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All-inclusive Ladyfest celebrates female contributions By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ladyfest organizer Paige Beller will also perform at Ladyfest on Aug. 28; Jordan Tyler Epperson Ladyfest is a guerilla-style festival that blossomed out of the Riot Grrrl punk scene in the Pacific Northwest in 2000, highlighting the wonderful female-created art and music that was being made […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]