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Your May playlist

Four Spring releases to sink your teeth into By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records   The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records The War on Drugs delivers enveloping ambient Heartland rock on its third superb album, Lost in the Dream. […]

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Everyone needs a little me time

Dayton’s Me Time album release By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Andy Smith [left] and Kyle Melton [right] of Me Time; photo: Jordan Frei Me Time is the new band from the prolific Dayton-based singer-songwriter Andy Smith, who has recently played in the acclaimed bands King Elk and Andrew & the Pretty Punchers. Smith is joined by another […]

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Seasons in exile

Lysura bring black metal rituals back home By Gary Spencer Photo: Lysura perform Friday, May 2 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Luke Ryan; Dread Pirate Photography For many musicians who grew up in the Gem City or honed their skills here in Dayton, eventually the time comes when a new environment becomes necessary. This can take the […]

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Busy music

Dayton’s Zuel to rage upon Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Zuel perofm at Blind Bob’s on April 25; photo: Tom Wilson Since 2009, Zuel has been bringing their brand of thick, intricate metal to headbangers hungry for something different. Though broadly describable simply as metal, this umbrella term does not do the group justice, as […]

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Jamming as one

Jahman Brahman brings flaws and all to Dayton By Rusty Pate Photo: Jahman Brahman will play Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on April 17 Live music is a powerful medium. Virtually every other form of art separates the audience from the artist. Film and stage productions have the “fourth wall.” Painters and sculptors usually work behind closed doors […]

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The art of pulling

Elsinore bring new album PUSH/PULL to Dayton By Zach Rogers Elsinore perform on April 12 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Oliver Peng After a decade of making music and rediscovering both their sound and stability in the process, it finally looks like the members of Champaign, Ill.-based Elsinore have achieved a near-perfect state of balance and […]

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Spring cleaning

New sounds to freshen your collection By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Beck, Morning Phase Beck // Morning Phase // Capitol // Virgin EMI Beck’s first new album in six years is a deliberate step backward – to 2002’s Sea Change. A quiet, shimmering acoustic-rooted record, Morning Phase was performed by the same core group […]

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Sing it out

VOICES exhibition at UD ArtStreet By Kyle Melton Photo: The VOICES exhibition is on display through April 25 at UD ArtStreet Studio D Gallery It’s difficult to imagine a time when rock n’ roll, jazz, disco, hip-hop and blues were not welcome in the American cultural mainstream. It’s true – all of these musical forms emerged […]

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Modern classicism

MusicNOW festival goes orchestral at Cincinnati Music Hall By Kyle Melton Photo: Eighth Blackbird will perform Saturday, March 22 as part of MusicNOW 2014; photo: Luke Ratray In 2006, Bryce Dessner – of critically acclaimed indie outfit The National – perceived a disconnect in modern music. In his view, there were some incredible musical advances being […]

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Everybody freeze

Silent Lions returns to Dayton with The Compartments By Zach Rogers Photo: Silent Lions performs at Blind Bob’s on March 16; photo: Doug Coombe In 2012, Toledo/Detroit-based duo Silent Lions released their debut EP, The Parliaments. Full of fuzzed-out bass, pounding rhythms and swirling, atmospheric singing, the group – consisting of bassist/vocalist/effects wizard Dean Tartaglia and […]

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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; […]