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Singin’ the blues

The 26th Annual Dayton Blues Festival By Benjamin Dale What is “the blues”? Technically: 12 bar chord progressions and blue notes — notes that bend a pitch lower than the major scale. But the blues is much more than that. Originating from Negro spirituals of the Deep South, the blues laid the bedrock for all […]

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Guided by vices

Thoughts on modern radio, plus July reviews By Christopher Schutte If you’ll indulge me a bit I’d like to take a slight detour from my regular column. If you FF to the record reviews, I won’t hold it against you. It may not seem like it, but listening to new music is work. Maybe not […]

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Dayton DIY

Punk rock ‘til the day they die By Benjamin Dale In a world mired in the desire for perfection in every way – the perfect body, the perfect house, the perfect car, the perfect manufactured life that promises happiness and fulfillment forever – some are more enlightened. They see the beauty of imperfection. They eschew […]

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I’m with the Crüe

Worth the Trip: Mötley Crüe invades Cincinnati By Alan Sculley The guys in Mötley Crüe admit that for a long time, doing a tour with a band like Poison would have been unthinkable. But that’s what’s happening this summer as Mötley Crüe heads up a triple bill that also includes Poison and opening act, the […]

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Pull over for directions

Worth the Trip: Maps & Atlases in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Maps & Atlases is often described as an experimental folk/pop band, and a group whose adventurous approach to sonics would suggest the band members are no strangers to effects, processors or other high-tech studio magic. It turns out this is one time when their […]

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Give me iron, give me wine

Worth the trip: Iron & Wine come to Cincinnati’s Madison Theatre By Alan Sculley It’s ironic to think that one of the largest bands on the road this spring will be Iron & Wine. It’s the group that began a decade ago as Sam Beam, making stripped back, nearly solo, acoustic albums. Beam is still […]

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A middle class citizen

St. Louis outfit Middle Class Fashion dresses South Park Tavern to the nines By Benjamin Dale Fans of Tegan & Sara and Regina Spektor will find kindred spirits in Middle Class Fashion, a power-pop trio from St. Louis. The band is set to bring their upbeat, piano-driven sound to South Park Tavern on June 3. […]

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Shivering me timbers

The band Shivering Timbers is truly a family affair By Benjamin Dale Mist clouded the lush hills of Cincinnati’s Price Hill district as I walked toward the blue station wagon that serves as Shivering Timbers’ tour bus. “Sorry we’re late – we got lost in over there in Gummo land,” Sarah said as she slammed […]

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Spreading the dark gospel

Dayton black metal horde Bringers of Disease celebrate newest release at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Not all music being made in Dayton these days is of the “fun” variety.  Dark musical rumblings have been crawling their way out of the local music underground and up to the show circuit on occasion to shock sensibilities […]

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Bluegrass is greener on the Ohio side

Newfound Road brings high-energy live show to Dayton By Gary Spencer There are probably many readers and music listeners who are unaware of the ongoing (and surging) popularity of bluegrass and acoustic/roots music in the U.S.  One such band that is thriving below the radar of mainstream music is NewFound Road, a Franklin, Ohio-based group […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]