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Getting down for good

Gem City Get Down’s charity dance party By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Andy “Feo” Espino “gets down” at Blind Bob’s; photo: Carol Watson Everybody knows Dayton is a city that loves a good party; but what if I told you there is a hip-hop dance party, complete with the requisite DJs and breakdancers, you could really feel […]

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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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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]

Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take […]

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve

A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has […]

news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage […]

The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet […]

Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]