Middletown native Mick Blankenship releases his solo debut, “Crown of Apathy,” at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on February 24. CONTRIBUTED

9 things every Dayton music fan should be excited about

This calendar year promises hot new releases from national acts like The Breeders, Guided By Voices and Hawthorne Heights and underground favorites like the Raging Natives, Brooks Daugherty and Charlie Jackson.

Here are a few items to expect in 2018:

Dayton rock band Funeral Moon celebrates the release of its debut EP, “Dazed and Abused,” at Rockstar Pro Arena in Dayton on Saturday, Jan. 20. Special guests Vehemian, Retreat Hell and Close the Hatch will also perform.

Josh Goldman’s Rad Girlfriend Records has released dozens of 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl records from local and national acts. Occasionally, he’s slips in a release from one of his bands like the Raging Nathans. The Dayton-based label releases the punk group’s LP, “Cheap Fame,” at Blind Bob’s in Dayton on Feb. 2.

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Middletown native Mick Blankenship releases his solo debut, “Crown of Apathy,” at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on February 24. CONTRIBUTED
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On Feb. 24, Mick Blankenship releases his solo debut, “Crown of Apathy,” at Bogart’s in Cincinnati. The Middletown native, who was lead vocalist for War of Change from 2011 to 2016, was recently the frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots tribute band STP2.

The Breeders, (left to right) Jim Macpherson, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Kim Deal, currently features the same lineup that made the smash 1993 album, Last Splash. CONTRIBUTED
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After more than two decades, The Breeders lineup behind the landmark 1993 album, “Last Splash,” was back in action in 2017. Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim MacPherson played live and recorded the follow-up to the band’s 2008 album, “Mountain Battles.” The new single, “Wait in the Car,” was released in October. The full-length will be released in 2018.

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Nashville-based Brooks Daugherty returns home to celebrate his new EP, “The Dakota Hill,” which gets its official release at Hannah’s in Dayton on March 9. CONTRIBUTED
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Brooks Daugherty has been living in Nashville for several years but he hasn’t forgotten his Dayton roots. The Americana artist’s new EP, “The Dakota Hill,” was recorded with a rhythm section of fellow southern transplants. It gets its official release at Hannah’s in Dayton on March 9.

The latest version of Guided By Voices (clockwise from bottom left) Robert Pollard, Mark Shue, Kevin March, Bobby Bare Jr. and Doug Gillard, are doing shows this spring in support of the band s recently released double album, August By Cake. CONTRIBUTED
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In December, Guided By Voices released the limited edition 7-inch single “Space Gun.” The song is the lead track from the band’s forthcoming album of the same name, which is scheduled for release on March 23.

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Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway, (left to right) Ricky Terrell, Denny Cottle, Charlie Jackson and Brad Bowling, releases its debut full-length the first week of March. CONTRIBUTED
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Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway is releasing a pair of singles in early 2018, “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Two Ships.” The band’s full-length will be available the first week of March.

Hawthorne Heights, (left to right) Matt Ridenour, Poppy Popadak, JT Woodruff and Mark McMillon, circa 2015. CONTRIBUTED
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Top-selling rockers Hawthorne Heights took time off the road at the end of the year to record new material. Not much information is available on the group’s sixth full-length album but release announcements should be made soon.

This Pine Box, which is playing at South By Southwest in March, recorded its new album with at Ultrasuede Studio in Cincinnati. It will be released by Old Flame Records in May.

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