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The Devil in the details

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Dayton bands discuss their recent releases By Tim Anderl While the bond between fan and band is forged in the music that is burned to CD, pressed to wax, offered digitally or performed in a live setting, a musician or band is married to their music from conception through birth. What many casual listeners overlook […]

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Heroes and villains


Action Camp serves up sunshine and darkness on one electronic platter By Zach Rogers Action Camp constantly contradicts labels and genres. One minute they sound like some sort of futuristic, electronic surf band, the next there’s a sludgy guitar riff that pushes the sunshine right out the door. In the end, it creates a distinct […]

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The end of the tunnel


Riley discuss suicide in their EP series By Nick Schwab The saying goes: “Oh, to be young again.” Children have it so easy. They don’t yet realize that the mirthful and sunny side of life has a depressing underbelly. It works in music, too. Certain music can be likened to one’s carefree childhood, as it […]

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Jingle bell metal


Psychostick brings “Holiday Hate” to Dayton By Gary Spencer The holiday season is upon us, and there are more than a few people out there who absolutely abhor this time of year. Whether it’s the glutted roads leading to and from the mall areas backing up traffic or the annoyance caused by Christmas music blaring […]

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Shine a light


Nine False Suns’ focused final performance By Timothy Anderl There comes a time in the lifespan of every rock n’ roll band (unless you’re The Rolling Stones or U2), where members reach a difficult crossroads and face choosing between divergent paths or continuing on with a machine that may not be firing on all cylinders. […]

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A man of many talents

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Keith Moody brings his unique blend to South Park Tavern By Zach Rogers Music today can sometimes feel like a constant barrage of sound, and it’s often hard to pin down an artist to one specific genre. The trick now is to see who can gather these influences correctly and make something worth listening to. […]

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Debauchery never dies

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My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult celebrates 25 years of industrial dance madness By Gary Spencer On paper, My Life with the Thrill Kult should have been a short-lived musical project.  In fact, in the beginning it wasn’t even conceived as a musical group. As the brainchild of Frankie Nardiello (aka Groovie Mann) and […]

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Psychotic past and present


Legendary underground metal band Radiation Sickness back from the dead By Gary Spencer Some bands are meant to stay broken up and left for dead – especially bands who were so underground in the first place that their disappearance may not even have been on many fans’ radars.  But the chosen few of those cult […]

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End of the line


Okay Lindon rides off into the sunset with last album and farewell show By Rusty Pate Okay Lindon has spent the better part of the last decade forging their unique brand of pop music, and their upcoming release, Everything Will Work Out Fine, will be the band’s last. The main creative force behind the band […]

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Finding true north

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Stars support sixth album with Cincinnati stop By Tim Anderl Stars are lovers, not fighters.  And operating under the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid) when it comes to the ingredients of a compelling pop song, Stars’ narratives have long told stories of love, beauty and relationships while the music soars with sweeping bombast.  Remarkably, […]

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Raising the dead


Holy Ghost Tent Revival Does Canal Street By Nick Schwab Holy Ghost Tent revival is a band that started as a sweet and gentle folk band, but has since gotten louder while still retaining their heart and soul. It is the type of music that one can listen to while laying back looking at a […]

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Yes, Virginia, there’s really rock n’ roll in Nashville


Cheap Time rocks South Park Tavern By Zach Rogers The whole “garage rock” revival might be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there who have forgotten how it should sound. Cheap Time, hailing from Nashville, Tenn., is a band who captures this sort of reckless abandon to perfection. […]

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Carving desert canyons


Carving desert canyons Scale the Summit brings heavy instrumental progression to Dayton By Gary Spencer There are two words in the popular musical lexicon that are bound to divide or unite audiences, and those two words are often “progressive” and “instrumental.”  And if you throw the term “heavy metal” into the mix, things get even […]

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New album, new beef

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Self-released Abertooth Lincoln vs. The All-American Beef Battalion hits streets By W.C. Ruffnel Abertooth Lincoln is a band not compromised of humans. This is a writhing, squeaming entity that performs at top velocity. The ‘Tooth has shown time and time again with their topsy-turvy song structures and high energy performances that this is the one […]

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Same ol’ situation?

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Motley Crue visits Riverbend in Cincinnati By Alan Sculley The last time Motley Crue toured with Kiss, the situation couldn’t have been much different than it is this summer as these two popular bands hit the road together for one of the year’s biggest tours. It was 1982, and Motley Crue was just getting started […]

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Mouth for war


Detroit’s Tides of War unleashes fury upon Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Metallic hardcore has been making a comeback here in the U.S., and Detroit’s Tides of War are one of the stateside bands making it happen.  While admittedly drawing musical influence from bands as disparate as The Acacia Strain and Weekend Nachos, Tides of […]

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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


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Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]