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Sounds of Violence

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British Metal Stalwarts Onslaught Bring Thrash Attack to Dayton By Gary Spencer When most people think about classic thrash metal from the 1980s certain names come to mind.  Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer are among the most famous artists associated with the genre.  But just like with nearly every other musical genre or era, there […]

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Happy Accidents

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Water Liars Make No Mistake with Stunning Debut By Tim Anderl Some of music’s greatest achievements are happy accidents.  The right musicians, in the right place at a time when the planets and melodies align in a way that produces soul-singing, is destined to tickle the ears and hearts of listeners.  Recorded on a whim, […]

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Strange Waves

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New Albums for a New Season Benjamin Smith Let me tell you something, Daytonians: spring is overrated. Sure, I like the idea of rebirth as much as the next guy, but this season is also synonymous with violence, crap weather and terrible fashion. Spring is the lunatic you screw before having a fling with the […]

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They Will Rock You

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Dayton Philharmonic Teams with Londoners to Perform Queen By Tim Anderl Imagine you are in England’s Wembley Stadium in 1986.  The roar of the crowd gives way to the monstrous sound of thousands of feet and hands stomping and clapping in unison: stomp, stomp, clap, stomp, stomp, clap … In a performance sure to ignite […]

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Young The Giant

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Straddling the Line Between Alternative and Mainstream By Alan Sculley As Young The Giant starts a headlining tour this winter, singer Sameer Ghadia knows the band has come a long way since the release of its self-titled CD in January 2011. “Last year at this time we had a headlining run (of shows) and we […]

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For those resolved to rock, we salute you!

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Anticipated albums of 2012 By Tim Anderl The January 3 Dayton City Paper cover story on Guided By Voices announced that the Gem City is leading the pack of new musical releases for 2012.  If the Dayton boys haven’t already set the bar too high, music fans won’t be disappointed by a year of music […]

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Fun and games

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Playfully Yours don’t ever want to hurt you, rather they aim to excite By Nick Schwab When writing arts articles, the intention of the piece should always be to bring the heart of the subject out in the interview. Rather than filling the interview with factual information that is bound to get only clichéd answers […]

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The Best Records of 2011

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A look back at who made the cut this year in music By Christopher Schutte For a year that included the near-biblical plague of blackbirds dropping from the sky, Arab dictators falling like dominoes, catastrophic economic collapses and Bengal tigers roaming the streets of Zanesville, music didn’t fare too badly by comparison. Don’t get me […]

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A real Werk out

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Happiness is the truth for Dayton band The Werks By Nick Schwab Most of life comes down to two truths: life/death, love/hate, reality/no reality, right/wrong etc. The same can be said about art. Art may be an emotion, but it still comes down to those same two truths. Since there is no real sense of […]

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Smug Brothers release new EP

Treasure Virgins is the latest self-released EP from this Dayton band of brothers By W.C. Ruffnel While the Smug Brothers have been around for nearly seven years, they have done quite the bit of damage in the past four years. Boasting members (including one with arguably the best name ever) of several legendary Dayton bands, […]

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Getting closer

The Motel Beds celebrate the release of Tango Boys By Kyle Melton Timing is everything. To be able to arrive at a moment and capitalize on years of experience and preparation is an elusive proposition. For Dayton’s Motel Beds, the past year saw these longtime scene favorites bring to the table an excellent new album, […]

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Cowtown releases its “creatures”

Columbus new-wavers Phantods visit Blind Bob’s By Tim Anderl In 2009, a female-fronted, new-wave quintet comprised of local music veterans emerged in Columbus and their kooky and campy self-titled debut was released to rave reviews in the blogosphere and national indie music press. Almost immediately the band found themselves on the College Music Journal Top […]

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Gracious peasant

Mosquito Hawk Exquisite issues vintage psych-rock from Gem City By Kyle Melton Although best known for his work with the horror-punk outfit the Jackalopes, Chad Wells recently revived an old endeavor, Mosquito Hawk Exquisite, to issue his newest musical endeavor, Cricketbows. With a decidedly left turn into vintage-tinged psychedelia, the band’s latest album Mycosmic Transmission […]

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Heavy heart

Frontier Folk Nebraska celebrate release of eponymous second album By Kyle Melton By its nature, rock ‘n’ roll always blurs the lines between musical styles. While its roots can easily be traced back into blues, country, folk and jazz traditions, the modern era rock ‘n’ roll continues to evolve into a seemingly endless stream of […]

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Port of call

Beirut Performs at Bogart’s in Cincinnati for new album, The Rip Tide By Kyle Melton Upon the release of his debut album Gulag Orkestar in 2006, Zach Condon of Beirut quickly took the indie world by storm with an eclectic mix of European folk, classical and pop song structures. The band recently returned with a […]

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The violence beneath

Mouth of the Architect brings teeth, tongue and catharsis to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Often some of the best music being made in Dayton is lurking in the shadows, rarely showing its face around town yet is known in underground music circles both nationally and internationally. This description would certainly be apropos for Dayton […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]