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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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Looking back, moving forward

The Ladybirds bring good ole rock ‘n’ roll to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer When people talk about rock music nowadays, it’s rarely described as rock ‘n’ roll. You hear “rock,” “hard rock,” “indie rock,” “folk rock,” “punk rock,” “psych rock,” “garage rock” and other labels thrown around, but almost never do you hear […]

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Put the pot on

Yellow Springs’ Blue Moon Soup to appear at Canal Street Tavern By Benjamin Dale Greater Dayton is blessed with not only one thriving music scene, the envy of other cities of similar size, but also boasts a distinct yet complementary music scene in the neighboring hamlet of Yellow Springs. While the Dayton scene continues to […]

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Ohio Film & Music Festival celebrates homegrown talent

First-ever festival will show off Ohio’s vast musical (and cinematic) contributions By Kyle Melton In nearly every arena of American life, Ohio’s contributions are substantial. This weekend in Columbus, the first Ohio Film + Music Festival will celebrate the state’s somewhat under-acknowledged contributions to the arts. With musical performances scheduled from RJD2, Heartless Bastards and […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]