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Swearing At Motorists brings mellow struggle back to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Dave Doughman of Swearing At Motorists; Photo: Remco Brinkhuis Dayton is an interesting place. It’s one of those odd cities  people seem to love to hate, yet when someone talks down on it, they’ll defend it wholeheartedly. It’s also curious in the respect […]

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Into the great wide open

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The New Old-Fashioned celebrate new songs with local release shows By Zach Rogers The sound of the heartland is strong, powerful and generally a little rebellious. When you boil it down, it’s just passionate rock n’ roll. You might not associate a city like Dayton, Ohio, with this kind of sound, but time and time […]

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Melody and the futuristic crescendo

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The Receiver brings fresh sounds to Blind Bob’s By Zach Rogers Photo: Bassist/vocalist Casey Cooper of The Receiver; the band performs at Blind Bob’s on Feb. 22 For The Receiver, a band from Columbus, Ohio, made up of brothers Casey and Jesse Cooper, 2014 couldn’t come quickly enough. After various snags and bumps in the road, […]

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Roads to pretty metal

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Deafheaven brings critically-acclaimed wall of sound to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: Deafheaven performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 19 If you spent any time scouring the year end Best of 2013 lists of both critics and fans, you’ve probably heard of the band Deafheaven. Their sophomore full-length record, Sunbather, was an instant […]

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Nashville nostalgia

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Grace Adele and the Grand Band at Trolley Stop By Rusty Pate Photo: Grace Adele (right) and musical partner Keenan Wade (left) forged a fruitful musical relationship based on a deep love of classic country and vintage Americana sounds; photo: Kendra Krantz Anyone that has been to Nashville knows it is a town bursting at the […]

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Different days

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Jason Isbell brings country/rock soul to Cincinnati By Zach Rogers Photo: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 3; photo: Michael Wilson 2013 was a great year for music, and nobody seems to be enjoying the fruits of their labor more than Jason Isbell. Since the release […]

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Leaving fingerprints

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Crooks on Tape steals hearts with pop mastery By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] John Schmersal, Joey Galvan and Rick Lee Crooks on Tape perform at Rockstar Pro Arena on Jan. 30 John Schmersal is perhaps best known to Dayton music aficionados and fans as one quarter of one of the Gem City’s most celebrated bands, […]

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These are the days

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Motel Beds celebrate LP release at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: The Motel Beds will celebrate their album release at the “Old” Yellow Cab Building on Jan. 18; photo: Bill Franz There are a lot of good – if not great – bands making remarkable music. However, what sets a good band apart from the […]

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Science and synapse

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William the Accountant returns to Dayton  By Zach Rogers   Photo: William the Accountant plays Blind Bob’s on Jan. 10; photo: Illume Photography and Design “An honest name, an honest job.” With that, William the Accountant set off to make music that combines a multitude of different genres. From rock, funk and jazz to ska, […]

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Holi-back!

HoliDayton rock party returns to Blind Bob’s  By Gary Spencer   Photo: [l to r] Poppy and Mark McMillon of The Story Changes bring HoliDayton to Blind Bob’s Dec. 28 The city of Dayton seems to have a lot of yearly traditions that have almost become like sacred rites for those that love to party in […]

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Madness like magic

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mr. Gnome returns to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer  Photo: Cleveland duo mr. Gnome brings its musical magic back to Blind Bob’s on Dec. 20; [l to r] Nicole and Sam Meister; photo: mr. Gnome Some people believe there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. The feeling seems to be mutual between […]

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Five become one

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Hawthorne Heights plays rare hometown show By Gary Spencer Photo: Dayton’s Hawthorne Heights play hometown show at Rockstar Pro Arena on Dec. 14 Since their humble beginnings as local band A Day in the Life, the band that would become known as Hawthorne Heights in 2001 has seen its trials and tribulations over its decade-plus existence. […]

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A song for Jeremy

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Tribute to fallen local musician and friend  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Blind Bob’s hosts a tribute to Jeremy Frederick [shown here with Let’s Crash in the late 1990s] on Saturday, Dec. 7 Billy Shakespeare once said, “All the world is a stage and we all must play a part.” However, I don’t think even Shakespeare […]

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Phrase and fable

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Dark Backward CD release at Oregon Express  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Local artpunk quartet Dark Backward release their new album at Oregon Express Nov. 30 Dark Backward know their music and they know Dayton. Made up of guitarists Eric Purtle and Jeff Brelsford, bassist Max Nye and drummer Jim Ingram, the quartet are all scene […]

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Starman lands In Dayton

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The Second Coming of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at Gilly’s By Benjamin Smith  Photo: JJ Parkey leads the Spiders from Mars as Ziggy Stardust at Gilly’s on Nov. 23; photo: Tracy Mallott It’s probably safe to say that, musically speaking, Dayton would not be considered a “postmodern” city. (Some critics might not even […]

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Isn’t he Lovely?

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Dayton bros reunite to rock Blind Bob’s  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Lovely bring their Dayton-bred post-rock sound to Blind Bob’s on Friday, Nov. 15; photo: Amanda Sanborn While there is certainly something to be said for discovering a new group of musical comrades and the pleasant surprises that come with making music with a new […]

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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 […]