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Coming to terms

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The Grove grows up and moves on at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 By Justin Kreitzer Photo: (l-r) Matt Holt, Matt Forsthoefel, Jeff Voegele, and Adam Forsthoefel of The Grove bring roots rock to Jimmie’s on Feb. 24; photo: Eric Rutherford Rising Cincinnati-based roots rock band The Grove is led by the smooth vocals and smoking lead […]

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Nine stringed life

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Keith Lykins’ musical travels at Taffy’s of Eaton By Joey Ferber Keith Lykins connects cultures of the world through his music. Often, you’ll find him strumming and tapping the self-invented, nine-string drum guitar—an instrument created to enhance his solo performances. On the instrument’s inspiration, Lykins states, “I had a dream one night that I had […]

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Hanging out

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Only Flesh hooks the audience at Therapy Cafe By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Revina Lower and Damien Thompson of Only Flesh bring the freak show to Therapy Cafe Saturday, Feb. 11; photos: David Heasley Props and theatrics in rock music are hardly a new thing. In the early 1960s, Screaming Jay Hawkins emerged from a coffin […]

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A new species of bluegrass

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Steep Canyon Rangers, live at the Victoria By Joey Ferber Photo: Steep Canyon Rangers’ (front, l-r) Nicky Sanders, Graham Sharp, Charles Humphrey III, (back, l-r) Mike Guggino, Woody Platt, and Michael Ashworth The Steep Canyon Rangers have grown their own variety of bluegrass. Their music evolved from seeds of traditional bluegrass to original music ripe with […]

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Trimming the fat

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Achilles Tenderloin croons at Yellow Cab’s WinterFolk fest By Joey Ferber Photo: Joe Augustin of Achilles Tenderloin sings the blues Jan. 28 at Yellow Cab’s Winterfolk festival; photo: Jennifer Taylor The Dayton area is ripe with the blues. And perhaps the best quality of the region’s take on this historical line of music is that each […]

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Change for the better

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Sara Watkins switches it up on her third solo album By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Sara Watkins puts her fiddle away onYoung in all the Wrong Ways; photo: Maarten de Boer Sara Watkins is best known for her work in Nickel Creek, the bluegrass trio she co-founded as a teenager. But you won’t hear bluegrass, or […]

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One to grow on

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Moriah Haven celebrates 33 years of life and art at Taffy’s of Eaton By Joey Ferber Photo: Moriah Haven showcases her ongoing recording, The Growth Project, at Taffy’s Jan. 7; photo: Alex Grodkiewicz, Alex G. Photography Moriah Haven makes music that matters. Dayton City Paper had a chance to speak with the Dayton-based artist while she […]

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Bath-salted bluegrass

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The Bath Salt Zombies rise for New Year’s Eve at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Graham Woodard (second from right) and the Bath Salt Zombies looking fresh to death at Oddbody’s, Dec. 31; photos: Adverture Studios The Bath Salt Zombies may seem like a strange name for a bluegrass act, but this is no ordinary […]

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Emo-ting all over yourself

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Pop punk’s You vs. Yesterday against the world at Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: You vs. Yesterday’s Kramer Welker takes listeners high and low Dec. 23 at Bob’s; photo: Jesse Darland Dayton has such a great and varied musical history that includes—but is not limited to—the strutting funk bands of the ‘70s, the lo-fi ‘90s […]

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And it feels so good…

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Annual Jeremy Frederick tribute show reunites a few of Dayton’s favorite bands By Gary Spencer Photo: Shesus (above) joins former local mainstays like Ohio Casket and Oh Condor at Blind Bob’s Dec. 17; photo: Scott Bodine One amazing thing about music is the way it touches people’s lives, especially when others get to know its creators […]

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Don’t underestimate their force

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Return of il Troubadore & the Wookie Cellist to Dublin Pub By Gary Spencer Photo: il Troubadore’s Jon Silpayamanant as the Wookie Cellist returns to Dublin Pub Dec. 9  photo: Carrie Meyer A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… oh, who the hell do we think we’re kidding? In 2004 in Indianapolis, […]

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Truth in advertising?

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Experience the uncommon with Common Center at Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Sasha Suskind, Austin Garrison, Lewis Connell, Liam Hall, Dennis DeZarn, Jessica Graff, and Ian Smith of Common Center When it comes to musical acts, sometimes a name is a telling indicator or representation of what a band is all about. But […]

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Get up to get down

The Almighty Get Down headlined the "rock night" at the inaugural Eatonic Music Festival held at Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, Ohio.

Cincy’s The Almighty Get Down funks its way to Peach’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: The Almighty Get Down’s Jon Lattier and Willy Morren (right) jam their all Nov. 26 at Peach’s; photo: Brian Glass   Cincinnati funk revivalists The Almighty Get Down are quickly becoming a must-see live act in Ohio with the word quickly spreading.  […]

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Like Danzig jamming with the Doors

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Heavy Temple transcends at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Heavy Temple’s High Priestess Nighthawk lands at Blind Bob’s Nov. 17; photo: Dante Torrieri Fans of psychedelic metal, horror/sci-fi movies, and the occult will not want to miss Philadelphia’s Heavy Temple at Blind Bob’s Thursday, Nov. 17. Using five-string bass and an assortment of other creepy […]

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The Bootlegger’s Ball

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A night of Americana music and art at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Blue Moon Soup’s Jon Bauman, Robbie Marion, Brendan Moore, and Justin Moon; photo: Suzy Perler A quartet of well-known bluegrass and folk acts will join local artists at Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton Saturday, Nov. 12, to celebrate Americana music and art […]

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Mental dissonance, musical harmony

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Communist Dayghter brings ghosts to Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: (l-r) Communist Daughter’s Dillon Marchus, Steven Yasgar, Molly and Johnny Solomon, Al Weiers, and Adam Switlick Communist Daughter is an indie rock band based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, led by singer-songwriter John Solomon.  The band’s 2010 debut album, Soundtrack to the End, received great […]

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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 […]