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Happy Accidents

Water Liars Make No Mistake with Stunning Debut By Tim Anderl Some of music’s greatest achievements are happy accidents.  The right musicians, in the right place at a time when the planets and melodies align in a way that produces soul-singing, is destined to tickle the ears and hearts of listeners.  Recorded on a whim, […]

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Strange Waves

New Albums for a New Season Benjamin Smith Let me tell you something, Daytonians: spring is overrated. Sure, I like the idea of rebirth as much as the next guy, but this season is also synonymous with violence, crap weather and terrible fashion. Spring is the lunatic you screw before having a fling with the […]

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They Will Rock You

Dayton Philharmonic Teams with Londoners to Perform Queen By Tim Anderl Imagine you are in England’s Wembley Stadium in 1986.  The roar of the crowd gives way to the monstrous sound of thousands of feet and hands stomping and clapping in unison: stomp, stomp, clap, stomp, stomp, clap … In a performance sure to ignite […]

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Young The Giant

Straddling the Line Between Alternative and Mainstream By Alan Sculley As Young The Giant starts a headlining tour this winter, singer Sameer Ghadia knows the band has come a long way since the release of its self-titled CD in January 2011. “Last year at this time we had a headlining run (of shows) and we […]

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For those resolved to rock, we salute you!

Anticipated albums of 2012 By Tim Anderl The January 3 Dayton City Paper cover story on Guided By Voices announced that the Gem City is leading the pack of new musical releases for 2012.  If the Dayton boys haven’t already set the bar too high, music fans won’t be disappointed by a year of music […]

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Fun and games

Playfully Yours

Playfully Yours don’t ever want to hurt you, rather they aim to excite By Nick Schwab When writing arts articles, the intention of the piece should always be to bring the heart of the subject out in the interview. Rather than filling the interview with factual information that is bound to get only clichéd answers […]

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The Best Records of 2011

A look back at who made the cut this year in music By Christopher Schutte For a year that included the near-biblical plague of blackbirds dropping from the sky, Arab dictators falling like dominoes, catastrophic economic collapses and Bengal tigers roaming the streets of Zanesville, music didn’t fare too badly by comparison. Don’t get me […]

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A real Werk out

The Werks

Happiness is the truth for Dayton band The Werks By Nick Schwab Most of life comes down to two truths: life/death, love/hate, reality/no reality, right/wrong etc. The same can be said about art. Art may be an emotion, but it still comes down to those same two truths. Since there is no real sense of […]

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Smug Brothers release new EP

Treasure Virgins is the latest self-released EP from this Dayton band of brothers By W.C. Ruffnel While the Smug Brothers have been around for nearly seven years, they have done quite the bit of damage in the past four years. Boasting members (including one with arguably the best name ever) of several legendary Dayton bands, […]

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Getting closer

The Motel Beds celebrate the release of Tango Boys By Kyle Melton Timing is everything. To be able to arrive at a moment and capitalize on years of experience and preparation is an elusive proposition. For Dayton’s Motel Beds, the past year saw these longtime scene favorites bring to the table an excellent new album, […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]