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I pledge allegiance

Washington D.C.’s These United States march into Canal Street Tavern By Benjamin Dale It’s an interesting thing to watch when a band verges on the border between obscurity and fame, between struggling to make it and finally quitting that day job. Washington D.C. outfit These United States stand poised to make the transition, garnering critical […]

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Guided by Vices

The best of 2011 so far By Christopher Schutte There are any number of things that make being a music critic a pretty good gig (my parents are so proud). First and foremost, you get to listen to virtually everything that’s released and you don’t have to pay for it. You also get “press” access […]

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Found another way

Cincinnati’s the Chocolate Horse celebrates release of Beasts By Kyle Melton When starting new construction, it’s typically wise to start simple. Select a single element, refine it, then begin the process of addition until finally arriving at a fully-realized artistic statement. For Cincinnati sextet the Chocolate Horse, this process took nearly a decade. This weekend […]

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The return of Walter Trout

The ‘World’s Greatest Rock Guitarist’ comes to Gilly’s By Khalid Moss If you have a hankering for high-energy rock ‘n’ roll without having to mortgage your house to purchase tickets, it doesn’t get any better than an evening with California soul man, Walter Trout. Trout, who will be making a return appearance to Gilly’s nightclub […]

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Ghoul’s night out

Aaron Omen and the Hollywood Vampires bring their horror business to Dayton By Gary Spencer In the world of horror rock, every day is Halloween. The music itself centers on songs about monsters, vampires, Martians, zombies, murder, death and other horror film inspired fare that are paired with dark yet upbeat fist-pumping Ramones-influenced buzzsaw rock […]

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Guided by Vices

Picks for August 2011 By Christopher Schutte Unlike last month’s GBV, which was prefaced by a fair amount of witty repartee on my part, we’re going to get right down to business this time around. It’s just too damned hot for cleverness. What I’m listening  to now: Washed Out Within and Without [Sub Pop] Ernest […]

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The milkman rings twice

Dead Milkmen songwriter Joe Jack Talcum comes to town By Gary Spencer I wasn’t a popular kid in school. Being a disaffected teenage youth growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I gravitated to punk rock and any related music that came off like a soundtrack for outsiders. The Dead Milkmen were such […]

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A bluegrass/folk rock revival

Trampled by Turtles at Southgate House, July 27 By Benjamin Dale In the early 2000s, it was the garage rock revival that saw the most innovation, with bands such as the White Stripes, the Strokes, the Hives and the Vines taking over the indie music charts.  These bands were innovators in their style, attracting new […]

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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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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]