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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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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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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]