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Don’t underestimate their force

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Return of il Troubadore & the Wookie Cellist to Dublin Pub By Gary Spencer Photo: il Troubadore’s Jon Silpayamanant as the Wookie Cellist returns to Dublin Pub Dec. 9  photo: Carrie Meyer A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… oh, who the hell do we think we’re kidding? In 2004 in Indianapolis, […]

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Truth in advertising?

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Experience the uncommon with Common Center at Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Sasha Suskind, Austin Garrison, Lewis Connell, Liam Hall, Dennis DeZarn, Jessica Graff, and Ian Smith of Common Center When it comes to musical acts, sometimes a name is a telling indicator or representation of what a band is all about. But […]

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Old and not lazy

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Local outfit Legbone celebrates 25 years at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Kyle Curtis, Kevin Hittepole, and Mitch Lawson perform in 1996 as Liquid Legbone Most bands —whether world famous or even more so, local—are lucky to stay together for five years, let alone 25. One Miami Valley-area band that has made it to […]

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Double-header

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Rockstar Pro Arena welcomes Tombs and Wolvhammer By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Tombs’ Evan Void, Charlie Schmid, Ben Brand, Mike Hill, and Fade Kainer rise Nov. 26 in Dayton Every once in a while, a tour package comes along that is a slam-dunk, can’t-miss occasion. That will certainly be the case when the double headlining tour […]

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We’re desperate

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Greece’s Barb Wire Dolls prove punk’s not dead at Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Barb Wire Dolls’ (l-r) Krash Doll (drums), Isis Queen (vocals), Iriel Blaque (bass), Remmington (rhythm guitar), and Pyn Doll (lead guitar) photo: Michelle X Star   It’s easy to lament the state of what passes for contemporary punk rock. Most modern punk bands […]

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Who’s your babyface?

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Wrestling and comedy with Rockstar Pro Arena & Rob Van Dam By Gary Spencer Photo: Photos by David Stockwell/DemoBlast Studios   When we think of pro wrestling, what do we usually imagine? Depending on who you’re talking to, it could mean incredible feats of athleticism, “fake” fighting, or possibly a soap opera for men. That […]

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Take 2

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Dayton’s own Ashley Martin celebrates album release at Caddy’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Ashley Martin releases her self-produced new album, Take 2, at Caddy’s Nov. 17; photo: Daes Photography Modern country is more often than not a terrible thing—overproduced music that might as well be top 40 pop with cringe worthy lyrics, vocals as ear pleasing […]

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Searchin’

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Dayton Philharmonic Soul Singer Search heats up By Gary Spencer Photo: Peter Brennan of Jeans ‘n Classics partners with DPO to find Dayton’s next soul singer One thing I’ve always admired about the Gem City is its ability to put the spotlight on homegrown talent, and sometimes in unusual or intriguing ways. That certainly seems to […]

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Faces of fear

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Masters of the dark arts at Clash’s Phobia art show By Gary Spencer Photo: Doll phobia piece by Erica Blackstock The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word “phobia” as “an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something.” Depending on who you are talking to, a person could have phobias or a plethora of […]

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From the depths

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Philadelphia’s Surgeon rises at Cloverdale By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Surgeon’s Josh Mustin, JT Wieme, Lydia Giordano, and Sean Bolton; photo: Jauhien Sasnou Some of the most innovative, engaging, and just plain good music is often found on the fringe of popular music radars. This is especially true when it comes to extreme metal, a genre […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]