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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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Cowtown releases its “creatures”

Columbus new-wavers Phantods visit Blind Bob’s By Tim Anderl In 2009, a female-fronted, new-wave quintet comprised of local music veterans emerged in Columbus and their kooky and campy self-titled debut was released to rave reviews in the blogosphere and national indie music press. Almost immediately the band found themselves on the College Music Journal Top […]

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Gracious peasant

Mosquito Hawk Exquisite issues vintage psych-rock from Gem City By Kyle Melton Although best known for his work with the horror-punk outfit the Jackalopes, Chad Wells recently revived an old endeavor, Mosquito Hawk Exquisite, to issue his newest musical endeavor, Cricketbows. With a decidedly left turn into vintage-tinged psychedelia, the band’s latest album Mycosmic Transmission […]

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Heavy heart

Frontier Folk Nebraska celebrate release of eponymous second album By Kyle Melton By its nature, rock ‘n’ roll always blurs the lines between musical styles. While its roots can easily be traced back into blues, country, folk and jazz traditions, the modern era rock ‘n’ roll continues to evolve into a seemingly endless stream of […]

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Port of call

Beirut Performs at Bogart’s in Cincinnati for new album, The Rip Tide By Kyle Melton Upon the release of his debut album Gulag Orkestar in 2006, Zach Condon of Beirut quickly took the indie world by storm with an eclectic mix of European folk, classical and pop song structures. The band recently returned with a […]

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The violence beneath

Mouth of the Architect brings teeth, tongue and catharsis to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Often some of the best music being made in Dayton is lurking in the shadows, rarely showing its face around town yet is known in underground music circles both nationally and internationally. This description would certainly be apropos for Dayton […]

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A South Park Halloween

Legbone & The Jackalopes bring Halloween mayhem to South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Rock ‘n’ roll can provide an excellent outlet to shake off one’s mundane reality. Likewise, the Halloween season serves similar outlet, allowing people to don costumes and alter their personas for a time. For the members of Legbone and The Jackalopes, […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]