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You vs. Yesterday at Bob’s You Vs. Yesterday’s (l-r) Cody Collins, Kramer Welker, and Michael Murray By Tim Walker Images by Ryan Ferdelman   It has been said that the definition of a “musician” is this: someone who puts $5000 worth of gear into a $500 vehicle, then drives 100 miles to play a $50 […]

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Electric Celtic

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Cleveland’s Mary’s Lane’s unique style at Dublin Pub Mary’s Lane (l-r) Tessa Thistlewaite, Patrick Mulloy, Brent Hopper, Matt Sofranko,     Michael Crawly, Mark Whalen By Gary Spencer Cleveland has a long, varied, and storied history of the annals of rock history. Everyone from The Moonglows to James Gang to The Raspberries to The Dead […]

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Horror business

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Ex-Misfits vocalist Michale Graves performs at Dayton’s Rockstar Michale Graves performs at Rockstar on December 21 By Gary Spencer     Some names are synonymous with certain styles of music, whether it be Beethoven with classical, Robert Johnson with the blues, Duke Ellington with jazz, or Black Sabbath with heavy metal. When “horror punk” is […]

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Jingling bells rock

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REO Speedwagon adds Christmas to their Hobart Arena Troy stopover Still rocking after 50 years, REO Speedwagon returns to Troy. Photo: Randee St. Nicholas. By Tim Walker The holiday season is filled with traditions – some of which, admittedly, remain more popular than others. As the weather turns colder, we cringe as we suddenly find […]

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An experiment gone right, at Oddbody’s

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DCP interviews Moon Hooch saxophonist / vocalist Mike Wilbur Moon Hooch’s Wenzl McGowen, James Muschler (drums), and Mike Wilbur. Photo: Jeff Spirer By Paul Noah At inception, on the subway platforms of New York City in 2010, Moon Hooch was accurately, and simply, described as two sax players and a drummer. Though still a trio, […]

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Holiday classic rolls-in

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Mannheim Steamroller on stage at Schuster Performing Arts Center Photos: Matt Christine Photography. Mannheim Steamroller performs at the Schuster Center November 29 By Alan Sculley Fans of Mannheim Steamroller and its career-making series of Fresh Aire albums figure to have a pretty merry next few months. First off, the annual holiday tour that finds two different Mannheim […]

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Magic men

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The Werks celebrate Werksgiving at Oddbody’s The Werks (l-r) Dan Shaw, Chris Houser, Jake Goldberg, Rob Chafin. Photo: Brian Feruson By Gary Spencer Dayton quartet The Werks have been somewhat quietly making a name for themselves in the jam band community, not just in Ohio, but throughout the United States since the band’s inception in 2005. […]

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Blessid state of mind

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Blessid Union of Souls perform at Old Crow Bar in Middletown Photos: Blessid Union of Souls (l-r) Chris Arduser, David Lessing, Eliot Sloan, Brian Lovely, Dave Ramos By Scott Malan Eliot Sloan is a positive thinking, inspirational musician. When we begin our conversation over the phone, the lead singer and pianist for Blessid Union of Souls cannot […]

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From Piano Man to Rocket Man

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Michael Cavanaugh interprets ‘The Music of Elton John’ with Philharmonic at Schuster Photo: Michael Cavanaugh performs “The Music of Elton John”  this weekend By Tim Walker Elton John: when the history of popular music in the 20th century is written, few names will carry as much weight. With his evocative voice, shameless antics both onstage and […]

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Cult of personality

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‘80s rockers Living Colour shake Oddbody’s Photo: Living Colour (l-r) Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun By Gary Spencer There are some guitar riffs that are so instantly recognizable that the second you hear them you know what song it is, whether that be “Smoke on the Water”, “Iron Man”, or “Smells Like […]

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Live with ZZ Top

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ZZ Top brings their live album to Rose Music Center Frank Beard (left), Billy Gibbons (middle), and Dusty Hill (right); photo: Ross Halfin By Alan Sculley This September, ZZ Top fans will get the chance to enjoy something the group as rarely done in a career that now stretches more than 40 years – a […]

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Loved and lonely hearts abound at Yes

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Vocalist Jon Anderson and Yes aim for perfection at Fraze Rick Wakerman of Yes; photo: Fred Kuhlman by Ron Kozar Yes, the classic progressive-rock band inducted last year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be performing at Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion on Tuesday, September 12. The Dayton City Paper interviewed Yes vocalist Jon […]

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Reaching rock ‘n’ roll divinity

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Cold War Kids on fame, fans, and the desire for something more Photo: Cold War Kids, led by Nathan Willett By Alan Sculley Cold War Kids singer/guitarist Nathan Willett feels his group has occupied a rather rare and enviable niche in the music world so far during its career. The group is widely considered an indie […]

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Knuckles up

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Chicago’s Flatfoot 56 prove that bagpipes are punk as f— Photo: from left to right: Conrad Allsworth, Eric McMahon, TobinBawinkel, Kyle Bawinkel, Brandon Good By Gary Spencer To some listeners, punk seems like a sonically limited genre of music – distorted guitars, three or four chords, rough singing, sometimes fast, sometimes faster. However, there are […]

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Back to blues

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Two rhythms and blues: Joe Bonamassa’s new album with a twist Photo: Bonamassa rockin’ it on stage; photo: courtesy of Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Blues-rocker Joe Bonamassa has made a habit of having a specific  musical direction in place before recording many of his solo albums. For his current studio album, Blues of Desperation, […]

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Two for the road—hold the Mac

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Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham reunite at Rose Music Center (l-r) Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie perform at Rose Music Center Aug. 8; photos: John Russo By Tim Walker Christine McVie, vocalist, songwriter, and keyboard player, is in what one might think would be, for her, a familiar place: sunny Los Angeles, holed up for […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]