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2017’s albums worth avoiding Missio’s “Loner” By Alan Sculley It’s a misnomer to call this column the worst albums of 2017. As in any year, there were plenty of positively wretched releases, but they mostly were by obscure acts whose albums thankfully came and went without notice. There’s no need to pile on about albums […]

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DCP’s 2017 holiday mixtape


Yeah, it’s music we like. So deal with it. Photo: Mel Torme’s “Christmas Songs” Mel Torme Christmas Songs Every December, when I’ve gotten tired of hearing the same holiday songs played ad nauseum on local radio stations (and why they start programming it right after Halloween is still a mystery to me), I dig out my […]

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Vox Populi


WYSO Community Concert returns to Riverscape MetroPark Photo: The Claudettes (above) will appear at the WYSO Community Concert By Matt Clevenger Labor Day is almost here, and that means it’s also time for another late-summer tradition; the WYSO Community Concert at Riverscape MetroPark. “We always do it the Sunday after Labor Day,” WYSO development director […]

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Such sort-of great heights


Such sort-of great heights Wax nostalgic, new with Lake Street Dive at Riverbend (l-r) Lake Street Dive’s Mike Calabrese, Rachel Price, Bridget Kearney, and Mike Olson photo: Danny Clinch By Gary Spencer Every once in a while, a band comes around that takes familiar musical sounds and presents them in a way that is personable and […]

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Something Warped this way comes


Warped tour continues twisting to Cincinnati Photo: Attila plays at Riverbend Music Center July 19, part of this year’s Warped tour lineup By Alan Sculley It was early afternoon during the opening week of this year’s Warped tour when tour founder and organizer Kevin Lyman called in for an interview to discuss all things Warped. […]

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This is Steve


Experience Delicate Steve at 2nd Yellow Springs SpringsFest Delicate Steve headlines SpringsFest at 8 p.m. July 8; photo: Guy Eppel By Justin Kreitzer In only its second year, SpringsFest is already taking off. The laidback festival, held Saturday, July 8 on the lawn of the John Bryan Community Center in Yellow Springs, is produced by […]

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Awakening music 


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit bring ‘Nashville Sound’ to Rose (l-r) Jimbo Hart, Derry deBorja, Sadler Vaden, Jason Isbell, and Chad Gamble; photo: Danny Clinch By Dave Gil de Rubio Life is clearly good for Jason Isbell. Since embracing sobriety five years ago, his career has seen an upward trajectory with a string of […]

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Killing time


Dayton supergroup Lioness releases Time Killer at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Nathan Peters (front) and some of the other 10 members of Lioness conquer Jimmie’s Ladder 11 June 24 with Time Killer; photo: Jennifer Taylor By Josher Lumpkin There’s a uniqueness to the new Lioness record that could only be achieved by having 11 seasoned musicians […]

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Fast backward, forward


Journey through sound with Joe Jackson in Cincinnati Photo: Connect with Joe Jackson at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre June 13; photo: Jacob Blickenstaff By Tim Walker “I don’t think anyone knows what the hell to do,” Joe Jackson tells the Dayton City Paper about the state of the record business and his place in it. “The music […]

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Midwest’s best


DCP music writers highlight Nelsonville Music Festival Photo: Cloud Nothings take the Main Stage June 2 at Nelsonville Music Festival   Ween Saturday, June 3, 9:30 p.m., Main Stage They Might Be Giants Friday, June 2, 9:30 p.m., Main Stage By Gary Spencer In the past, most bands featured at the annual Nelsonville Music Festival have […]

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Prog rock for president


Abertooth Lincoln wins big at Rockstar Pro Arena By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Ashley Pooler of Abertooth Lincoln addresses politically charged topics, here burning a copy of DCP’s ‘Worst of 2016’ edition cover featuring Brock Turner   Dayton’s premiere progressive punk rock band Abertooth Lincoln has entrenched itself in the local music scene over the years […]

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Million mile traveler


Peter Mulvey celebrates 25 years of music at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: Indie-folk musician Peter Mulvey celebrates 25 years of songwriting Saturday, April 22 at Yellow Cab Tavern; photo: Elisabeth Witt Indie-folk music is one of those subgenres of music that seems to spawn both artists who get hot for a minute and […]

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Charged particles


Cincinnati’s Electric Citizen livens heavy rock at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Photo: Laura Dolan of Electric Citizen brings heavy rock to Jimmie’s April 8; photo: Joshua Ford   There’s a saying that goes, “What’s old is new again,” and that adage is often applicable to music. Particularly in the world of heavy metal, the retro sounds of […]

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Eating electricity


Andy Gabbard channels AC/DC at Yellow Cab By Morgan Laurens Photo: Andy Gabbard, of Buffalo Killers notoriety, strips away heavy guitars for his solo, bare-bones rock; photo: Sven Kahns   A favorite childhood band can say a lot about a person: their passions, their priorities, their preferred style of air guitar. Andy Gabbard’s early obsession […]

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Let By Gods be By Gods

The ByGods

The By Gods blast ‘simple, catchy, loud’ at Peach’s, Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The By Gods teleport Blind Bob’s to the ’90s on March 24 and Peach’s Grill on March 25; photos: Bradley Spitzer Sometimes a band stands out by being exceedingly technical and of such accomplishment and talent that every song is […]

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Who is Ernie Johnson from Detroit?


Cincy funk band set to bless Trolley Stop By Joey Ferber   Photo: Ernie Johnson from Detroit’s (l-r) Collin Thompson, Wayne Kilgard, Drew Loftspring, Nathan Lewis, Eric Osmanoglu, and Dusty Bryant take on Trolley Stop March 17; photo: Kristoph Klein   All we knew about the Cincinnati band was that whomever Ernie Johnson is, he—or […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]