Music

Tod Weidner and Ruckus Roboticus
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Dayton native Ruckus Roboticus recently released his latest full-length album, Phantom of the Disco, and visited the WYSO studios ahead of a hometown album release celebration.  He chatted with Excursions fill-in host Tod Weidner about the release and shared a few songs from it.

Ruckus Roboticus will celebrate the release of Phantom of the Disco on Thursday, August 13th at Hole In the Wall in downtown Dayton.

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Daniel Dye and the Miller Road band make a return visit to Kaleidoscope for a live set and interview ahead of their Madden Road Music Festival in Mutual, Ohio.  The band introduced some new members and talked about their progress over the past year as well as some upcoming projects.

The Madden Road Music Festival is Saturday, August 15th.

Returning guest Dave Obenour joins Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt in studio to talk about some of the artists, new and old, featured in the latest issue of Ghettoblaster Magazine, a national music and culture magazine based in part in Dayton, Ohio.

The latest issue of Ghettoblaster Magazine with High on Fire on the front cover and Murs on the back cover is available now at local stores.  Find Ghettoblaster online at http://ghettoblastermagazine.com/

Tanya Maus, from Wilmington College's Peace Resource Center and Kiku Hibino, a musician from Chicago visisted the WYSO studios ahead of Hibino's performance in Yellow Springs. Both had just come from a 12 hour vigil the previous day at Wilmington College remembering the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. Kiku plays and sings some of his yet-to-be-recorded music, much inspired by the atomic bombing 70 years ago.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band return to Excursions to preview the 2015 Madden Road Music Fest.  The festival is in Mutual Ohio at the Madden Road Farm, and was started to bring their own musically inclined family back together once a year, but is open to the public to listen and play on August 15, 2015.

On her way to a gig in Dayton, Ellie Lee talks to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about Blues Fury, the band she leads and plays guitar for. She also talks about taking 25 years off from music to raise a family, and the music she is playing now. Find more about her music at bluesfury.com

Ellie Lee and Blues Fury will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on August 6th.

On The Verge Music is the brainchild of local musician Steve Makofka.  This developing organization seeks to help at-risk teens through music.  Makofka, Heather Bailey and Michael Shine visited the WYSO studios to talk about On The Verge Music and the upcoming Psychedelic Soul Pop Experience event to benefit the organization.

The Psychedelic Soul Pop Experience is August 7th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

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For the follow up to their 2014 release, To No End went with a double album to highlight the different, contrasting aspects of their music.  Remora's first disc shows off the band's familiar, harder rock sound while the second disc presents more a acoustic, intimate version.  The band visited the WYSO studios to share live and recorded songs from the new album and talked with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about the process of putting it together.

To No End will celebrate the release of Remora on Saturday, August 8th at Middletown's Old Crow Bar.

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OldNews made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope ahead of their appearance at the 2015 Canoegrass Festival.  They were joined by Tomfoolery Outdoors' Tom Helbig, who's organizing the event that combines music and fun on the Great Miami River.

The 2015 Canoegrass Festival is August 7-9th on the Great Miami River in Tipp City.

Andy Valeri

After releasing their 2012 album, Barrier Reef, and a short break, the Nicky Kay Orchestra is back in business.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked about forming and reforming the band, revisiting old material and upcoming recording projects.

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