The Motel Beds at the Summit

From the February 7, 2013 edition

Dayton’s foremost art-damaged power poppers? That’d be Guided by Voices, back in full force with four albums and an EP in a 16-month stretch. But The Motel Beds threw some pretty convincing rock(s) at the throne with last year’s Dumb Gold.

The band’s eighth record (they also create at a prolific clip) is steeped in its city’s tradition of filtering the classic rock’s boisterous and melodic tropes through the ensuing decades of underground sound. Those “Oh Me, Oh My” guitar parts will have you floating, and the approachable rawness of Paul John Paslosky’s vocals resembles Britt Daniel in the best way.

Columbus-via-Dayton brothers in arms Connections and The Kyle Sowashes play too.

Brooke Medlin photo