Mike Doughty
Jennifer Taylor

A mainstay of the WYSO airwaves, songwriter Mike Doughty visited the station for a live, acoustic performance on Excursions. The former front-man of Soul Coughing spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about growing up, music and addiction, and his new album.

Mike Doughty's new album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, is available now.

Me Time
Stephanie Baker

Andy Smith and Elliot Ward returned to the WYSO studios to preview songs from Me Time's forthcoming album, Volume 2.  They spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording the album and what's next for the band.

Me Time will celebrate the release of Volume 2 on Saturday, November 5th at Cloverdale in Dayton.

Returning for it's second year, Gemfest brings together local artists and musicians to benefit GLSEN Greater Dayton and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley.  Two of the bands, Death by Fetish and ThunderTaker, visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and to talk about the upcoming event.

Gemfest 2016 is Friday, October 7th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

Me & Mountains return with their latest full length album Gold.  Marshall Norman and Tim Collette visited the WYSO studios to talk about the process of writing and recording the album and the upcoming release show.

Me & Mountains will celebrate the release of Gold on Friday, September 30th at Jimmie's Ladder 11. 

Fresh from the summer festival season, the Mainline Funk visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope.  The band spoke with Juliet Fromholt about recording, performing live and more.

The Mainline Funk will host the Funky Turkey Jam on November 26th at One Eyed Jacks.

By Chip.berlet (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1962 an Ohio State student, a singer and guitarist named Phil Ochs, moved to New York City and was soon at the center of the booming folk music scene in Greenwich Village which included Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter Paul and Mary. Today Phil Ochs' music is less well known than some of his colleagues'—but it still delivers a powerful message.

The Slackers visited the WYSO studios ahead of their Dayton performance for an acoustic set live on Excursions.  The band chatted with Niki Dakota about their 25 years as a band, their travels and more.

The Slackers will perform on Thursday, September 22nd at Rock Star Pro Arena on East Third Street in Dayton.

Ibex is the new full length album from Hexadiode.  The band made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about writing and arranging the album, the upcoming release show and more.

Hexadiode will celebrate the release of Ibex on Saturday, September 24th at Cloverdale in downtown Dayton.

J. Allen Laack

Wheatley Matthews returned to Kaleidoscope ahead of the release of his new album, Taken the Wrong Way.  He performed a live, acoustic set in the WYSO studios and chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about the process of writing and recording the album, his upcoming tour, and more.

Wheatley Matthews with celebrate the release of Taken the Wrong Way on Saturday, September 24th at the Oregon Express.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will open it's 2016-17 season with Vive la France!, a celebration of eight French composers of orchestral music, ballet and opera.  Members of the DPAA, including Dayton Philharmonic conductor Neil Gittleman, joined Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for a preview live on Excursions. 

Vive la France! is onstage Saturday, September 17th at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.