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Critics pick – Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire

Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire By Kyle Melton Hailing from the unlikely locale of Grand Rapids, Mich., Nathan Kalish & The Wildfire deliver a sonic stew that sounds much more at home in a backwoods swamp. The band is currently out on tour in support of their latest album, Waterbirds, on which they combine muscular […]

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Critics pick – Kid Rock

Kid Rock By Matt Clevenger Straight from the Motor City, American Badass Kid Rock will bring his over-the-top live show to Ervin J. Nutter Center on Saturday, Jan. 29. On tour supporting his new album, Born Free, Rock has come a long way since the days of “Cowboy,” “Bawitdaba” and his short-lived marriage to Pamela […]

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Critic’s Pick – Social Distortion

Critic’s Pick – Social Distortion By Matt Clevenger Fans of punk, rockabilly, country and blues should check out the long-awaited new Social Distortion album “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,” just released on the band’s new label Epitaph Records Tuesday, Jan. 18. Formed in 1979, Social Distortion were among the founding fathers of American punk, and […]

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Critic’s Pick – Pop Evil at McGuffy’s

Pop Evil at McGuffy’s By Matt Clevenger Michigan-based rockers Pop Evil will visit Dayton this week, headlining a special show with opening acts 8KOunt and Vi Folly at McGuffy’s House of Rock on Saturday, Jan. 15. Featuring a sound reminiscent of Creed, Puddle of Mud and Three Doors Down, the band first gained national attention […]

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Critic’s Pick – Marcy Playground

Marcy Playground By Matt Clevenger Best-known for their provocative 1997 hit “Sex and Candy,” alternative rockers Marcy Playground will make a rare live appearance at McGuffy’s House of Rock this Saturday, Jan. 8.  Formed in 1995 by lead singer/songwriter John Wozniak, the group has survived several line-up changes over the years, releasing a series of […]

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ekoostik hookah

ekoostik hookah By Matt Clevenger Looking for an out-of-town New Year’s Eve party? Celebrate on High Street in Columbus and catch a special ekoostik hookah show with Freekbass and Tobotius at Newport Music Hall. Known for their biannual “Hookahville” festivals, ekoostik hookah has developed a Phish-like following since forming in Columbus back in 1991, touring […]

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Clutch at Bogart’s

Clutch at Bogart’s By Matt Clevenger Groove-metal icons Clutch will be in Cincinnati next week, appearing for a live show at Bogart’s on Thursday, Dec. 30. Best known for their influential self-titled album, the Maryland-based hard rock trio has released more than nine studio albums since forming in 1990 including “Transnational Speedway League,” “The Elephant […]

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George Clinton and Parliament- Funkadelic

George Clinton and Parliament- Funkadelic By Matt Clevenger Funk legends George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will appear at L.C. Pavilion in Columbus on Thursday, December 9, performing as part of a special holiday party sponsored by Columbus radio station Magic 98.9. Best known for funk hits like “Flashlight,” “Atomic Dog” and “Loopzilla,” Clinton has released more […]

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Days of the New at McGuffey’s House of Rock

Days of the New at McGuffey’s House of Rock By Matt Clevenger Days of the New will bring their unique style of acoustic guitar-driven metal to McGuffy’s House of Rock Saturday, November 27, offering fans a rare live appearance with opening acts Jeremy Neal, Desalitt and Dying to Meet You. Formed by singer/songwriter Travis Meeks […]

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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band By Matt Clevenger Part Gogol Bordello and part Southern Culture on the Skids, the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will bring their unique mix of high-intensity swing, rockabilly, country and blues to Dayton’s Canal Street Tavern on Wednesday, December 1. The Brown County, Indiana-based trio is known for catchy, kitschy […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]