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Beat the heat with these cool new albums By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Max Sollich of Dolfish   After enduring a long stretch of rainy, spring-like weather, we have finally reached the dog days of summer here in Dayton. So grab an ice cold drink and put on these refreshing new albums and chill out with the back-porch […]

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L.A. Guns – Always on tour

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’80s rockers return to McGuffy’s House of Rock By Allyson B. Crawford    Photo: ’80s glam metal mainstays L.A. Guns will perform at McGuffy’s House of Rock on Friday, Aug. 2 For diehard fans of ’80s metal, the story of L.A. Guns is both complicated and frustrating. Strong album releases, popular videos on MTV and the […]

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Passing down the sound

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Cincinnati’s Young Heirlooms visit Canal Street Tavern By Justin Kreitzer Photo:Cincinnati Americana duo Young Heirlooms visit Canal Street July 21; photo credit: Shannon Williams Young Heirlooms are a folk duo from Cincinnati made up of singer/songwriters Kelly Fine and Chris Robinson, formerly of indie-pop band Walk The Moon. Their gorgeous, close-knit vocal harmonies and sophisticated country-leaning […]

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The boys of Summer

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Dayton rockers deliver concept EPs By Tim Anderl Photo: Red Hot Rebellion deliver their rock revival, the Melt the SkyEP   The idea of the concept album has long been present in rock lore. Ziggy Stardust, The Wall and, more recently, American Idiot and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Rock diehards recognize, adopt and develop deep […]

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Still humble and hungry

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Skid Row’s summer tour hits Dayton By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo on stage with Skid Row; photo credit:Charles Shanks “Music keeps you young. I’ve always believed that. It gives you energy that doesn’t exist in other arenas in life,” Skid Row guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo told Dayton City Paper. “The essence of me […]

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I’m no angel

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Gregg Allman at Fraze Pavilion By: Alan Sculley Photo: Southern rock legend Gregg Allman will perform at Fraze Pavilion on June 29 This year, Gregg Allman has been an active presence on the music scene. He took his solo band out for a winter tour and is now back on the road for a run of […]

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Going solo

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Dayton metal veteran King Stench unveils new album By Gary Spencer Photo: King Stench brings new album Ungod to Hank’s Pub on July 13 Lots of bands have circulated in the Dayton underground over the years, but very few of those bands and musicians stand the test of time across a single decade, let alone multiples. […]

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Gotta have Sister Faith

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Coliseum celebrates 10 years with new album and tour By Zach Rogers Photo: Coliseum [l to r] Kayhan Vaziri, Carter Wilson and Ryan Patterson; Photo credit: Nick Thieneman The Beatles broke up after 10 years together, but so what? This means nothing to Coliseum, a punk band from the punkiest of places, Louisville, Ky. Having just […]

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Ear to the tracks

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New albums to start off summer By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Fourth of July; photo credit: Nick Krug Artist: Fourth Of July // Album: Empty Moon // Label:  High Dive Records // Release Date: April 9, 2013  In April, Kansas-based band Fourth Of July released Empty Moon,their third album and debut for new K.C.-based label High Dive […]

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Lords of light

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Torche blaze path for melodic metal By Tim Anderl Photo: Torche brings their melodic metal to Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Monday, June 3; Photo credit: Gary Copeland For the better part of the past decade, Miami, Fla. outfit Torche has emerged a triumphant and powerful quartet responsible for pioneering their own brand of groovy, melodic […]

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The music never stopped

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Dark Star Jubilee honors Grateful Dead  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Dark Star Orchestra headlines Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley May 24-26 Deadheads unite! This year the second annual Dark Star Jubilee music festival is taking place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, and as any Deadhead will tell you, Legend Valley is a magical musical […]

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Hear our Satan prayer

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Mysterious Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. invades Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Swedish metal outfit Ghost B.C. will perform on May 19 at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus; photo credit: Ester Segarra Subversion and influence of the masses via popular music is hardly a new thing, whether by design or just uninformed opinions […]

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Good morning, Vietnam!

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Brett Newski & the Corruption go global at Blind Bob’s By Zach Rogers Photo: Vietnam-based trio Brett Newski & the Corruption visit Blind Bob’s on May 16 Being in a band is tough. Trying to write, record and express your emotions musically – it takes a different breed of animal to do it right. Being in […]

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Punk rock to the prairie

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Quiet Hollers discover their roots on debut LP  By Zach Rogers photo: Louisville quartet Quiet Hollers bring punk-infused alt-country to Dayton on May 4 As the saying goes, there’s only one constant in life: change. One person who can probably relate to this concept more than ever is Shadwick Wilde. A few years ago, Wilde was […]

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The not-so-foolish fellow

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Starving in the Belly of the Whale celebrates CD release at Blind Bob’s By Kate E. Lore Photo: Ricky Terrell of Starving in the Belly of the Whale celebrates the release of new album on April 27 at Blind Bob’s; photo credit: Zac Fisher If you were to think about it, quite literally, Starving in the […]

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A rad legacy

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Rad Company releases rad record, celebrates sixth stupidly By W.C. Ruffnel Photo: (back row) Josher Lumpkin, (middle row, l-r) Nick Anderson, Josh Goldman, John Lakes, Elliott Harrell, (front row, l-r) Mike Werthmann, Dereck Brown, (not pictured) Jared Reynolds, Eric Fly, Randy Buhr, Andy Stamm, and Shane Natalie; photo credit: Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Josh Goldman is one […]

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