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The 8th Annual Dayton Music Fest

Clean out your ears: Dayton Music Fest is throwing down with two days of local music By Benjamin Dale   It all boils down to religion. The Catholic Church invented the chords. The pagans invented the festivals. The exuberance is uniquely human. Some people go to church; others go to the synagogue. Still others trek […]

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I pledge allegiance

Washington D.C.’s These United States march into Canal Street Tavern By Benjamin Dale It’s an interesting thing to watch when a band verges on the border between obscurity and fame, between struggling to make it and finally quitting that day job. Washington D.C. outfit These United States stand poised to make the transition, garnering critical […]

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A Rasta monster

The Dayton Reggae Festival is a celebration of music and art By Benjamin Dale Few can resist the inexorable pull of reggae. The sheer joy and exuberance conveyed via smooth, offbeat drumming and rollicking basslines remain an unrivaled concoction for good vibes, mon. Originating in 1960s Jamaica, reggae took cues from the Caribbean styles of […]

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Drawing the blinds

Blind Bob’s celebrates its third anniversary By Benjamin Dale & W.C. Ruffnel Many people these days leave Dayton in search of a better life, but others stay and create a better life here. For Nate Mendenhall, general manager of Blind Bob’s bar in the Oregon District, leaving was never an option. Blind Bob’s, for the […]

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Front Row: Surfer Blood, Boots Electric and Cake

Surfer Blood, Boots Electric and Cake LC Pavilion, Columbus Somehow every time I go to Columbus, hassles overtake my plans and usually ruin my day. The same thing happens in Cincinnati because all roads seem to lead to Over-The-Rhine and the accompanying unwelcome advances from streetwalkers. I digress. On Friday, August 12, I packed myself […]

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This eagle’s not bald

Josh Eagle and his Harvest City vultures By Benjamin Dale These days, in the relentless media climate of categorization, endless genre creation and labeling that often deadens music before the first listen, it is difficult to transcend judgment to be perceived as truly unique. “If I must call it something, I call it Americana Soul,” […]

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Cyclops Fest pre-party: Front Row, 8/16/11

Monster of a party at Blind Bob’s August 19 In preparation for the first-ever Cyclops Fest in Yellow Springs September 17, Blind Bob’s will play host for a preview party at 9 p.m. Friday, August 19, and, you guessed it, it’s monster-themed. Come dressed as your favorite ogre or “become the monster” at Cyclops’ do-it-yourself […]

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Emily Dale: Front Row, 8/16/11

Local singer-songwriter comes home Emily Dale at Canal Street Tavern August 18 After spending two years at Ohio University and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Beavercreek native Emily Dale will return to Dayton for a show at Canal Street Tavern August 18.  Her husky contralto and effervescent charm have won over fans from Dayton […]

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Takin’ it to the streets

Street art is “labor of love” for local artists By Benjamin Dale Spray paint–check. Stencils–check. Markers–check. Stickers, running shoes, cigarettes–check, check, check. These are the supplies and the tools of the elusive painter of the night; the street artist. Since the creation of Man, some inner compulsion within the human psyche has prompted a certain […]

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Nightbeast gets nasty

Signature sense of humor is result of hard work and history in the biz By Benjamin Dale Kevin Smith and Ke$ha had a baby – and named it Nightbeast. When he’s not touring the country and the world with the likes of New Found Glory, Bayside or the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Nightbeast, aka the Beast […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]