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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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He’ll play the blues for you

Sean Carney Band brings jazz-infused blues to Oregon Express By Rusty Pate Photo: Sean Carney, winner of the 2007 International Blues Challenge, performs at Oregon Express on March 7 From the hardcore purists who only listen to old 78 rpm Son House records, to the casual listener whose only experience with the genre stems from the […]

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Have amps, will travel

Ampline plugs in at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: [l to r] Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery; photo: Keith Klenowski The art of the power trio seems to have fallen by the wayside in rock music in the 21st century. There is a special kind of magic that presents itself when just one […]

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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) […]