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Make a soulful noise

India.Arie at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati By Deon Jefferson   Photo: India.Arie will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Nov. 19 in support of her latest album, SongVersation; photo: Randee St. Nicholas Today’s music industry is filled with many diverse artists. There are only a few who stand out amongst a sea of […]

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Violence has arrived

Gwar ready to battle at Bogart’s By Gary Spencer  Photo: Gwar brings their “bloodiest, sickest disaster” to Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Nov. 7 According to legend, a small group of violent, hate-fueled alien beasts known as the Scumdogs of the Universe once terrorized a galaxy far, far away millions of years ago. But the Scumdogs eventually […]

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Make life pop!

Kris n. releases The Thankful Parade  By Leo DeLuca  Photo: Kris n. will release The Thankful Parade at Canal Street Tavern on Nov. 1; photo: Nikki Stargel Dayton pop band Kris n. will release their new album The Thankful Parade Friday, Nov. 1 at Canal Street Tavern. Joining the revelry will be Motel Beds, Hospital Garden […]

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Cruisin’ for a bruisin’

Garage duo The Holy Smokes play Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer   Photo: [l to r] Joe Dannin and Joey Beach of The Holy Smokes; photo: Sophie Dannin If you didn’t happen to catch their electrifying performance at this year’s Dayton Music Fest, you are in luck because The Holy Smokes, will bring their pummeling performance […]

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Where no band has gone before

Brujas del Sol navigates universe of sounds By Tim Anderl  Photo: Columbus quartet Brujas del Sol plays Blind Bob’s on Friday, Oct. 18; photo: Kelsey Cahoon Brujas del Sol are an audible amalgam of influences that leaves little beyond their musical stratosphere. The Columbus quartet’s sounds are psychedelic, spacey and massive in scope. Krautrock influences leach […]

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The sound of the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel

Dayton Philharmonic highlights New York’s favorite sons By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jonathan Beedle and A.J. Swearingen present the music of Simon & Garfunkel with the DPO on Oct. 11 and 12; photo credit: Chelsea Beedle The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) and Schuster Center present “The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel” Friday, Oct. 11 and […]

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Metal unleashed

Skeletonwitch tours in support of fifth album By Tim Anderl  Photo: Skeltonwitch perform at Newport Music Hall in Columbus on Oct. 7; photo: Magdalena Wolinska When I first encountered Scott Hedrick, he was a quiet and unassuming, shaggy-haired undergrad studying at one of the top journalism schools in the country. (Go Bobcats!) At some point during […]

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Progressive traditionalism

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby find common ground at Taft Theatre  By Rusty Pate   Photo: [l to r] Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Oct. 4 On the surface, a Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby collaboration might not seem to make much sense. Skaggs has spent the […]

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Making a case for Americana

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Peter Case to play Canal Street By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Peter Case will perform at Canal Street Tavern on Wednesday, Sept. 25 Though formerly of the seminal ’70s punk band The Nerves and ’80s power-pop acts The Plimsouls and The Breakaways, veteran singer/songwriter Peter Case has been writing and recording as a solo […]

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Teach your children

Folks of Dayton Music Festival for a good cause  By Kate E Lore   Photo: Electroglide performing during the inaugural Folks of Dayton Music Festival in 2012 – the festival returns this Saturday, Sept. 14; photo credit: Craig Ransom When it comes to music genres, certain sounds carry certain associations. For folk music, what often comes […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]