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Dirty jobs

Professor John A. Long researches prehistoric sex and beyond By Gary Spencer Photo: Professor and paleontologist John A. Long on location in South Australia Have you ever wondered how the dinosaurs “did it”? Have you ever wondered what member of the animal kingdom is the best endowed? Have you ever wondered if there are any […]

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All systems go

Man or Astro-Man? invade Taft Theatre By Gary Spencer Photo: Man or Astro-Man? will perform Sept. 3 at the Taft Theatre Going under an assumed identity is nothing new in the world of music. Many, many musicians have made a “name” for themselves under a pseudonym or moniker other than what is written on that artist’s […]

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Between the ditches

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band dirties up the blues By Gary Spencer Photo: Breezy Peyton and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell of The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band; photo: Birch Miller The blues has existed as a form of musical expression for well over a century. It’s a sound and style that once you hear it, […]

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Getting steamy

Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret does it again By Gary Spencer Photo: The Bronwen Belly Dance Troupe performs at Ye Old Yellow Cabaret I; photo: Joe Mays Some subcultures are on the fringe; others are so underground the majority of the public isn’t aware they exist. That seems to be the case when the subculture in question […]

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Whiskey fueled, hell bent

The Loveless bring sinner’s rockabilly to South Park By Gary Spencer Photo: The Loveless will perform on Aug. 8 at South Park Tavern On Twitter, Dayton rock ‘n’ rollers The Loveless bill themselves as “whiskey fueled” and “hell bent.” I couldn’t think of a better introduction to this contemporary psychobilly band that calls the Gem City […]

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All the same

Australia’s Sick Puppies ready to connect with Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Sick Puppies will perform June 25 at JD Legend’s; photo: Myriam Santon It is somewhat unusual the Miami Valley gets an internationally touring band on its musical calendar in any given year. But that rarity will become the case this Friday, when Australian hard […]

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Of art, outreach and lemonade

A year in review at Gallery Saint John By Gary Spencer Photo: “Begin the Journey” by Brother Charles Wanda The phrase “man on a mission” evokes certain types of traits and attributes for most people – somebody with a grand plan, somebody making moves. But sometimes a man on a mission is somebody who’s just armed […]

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Full moon, good times

Chicago’s Mount Salem to haunt Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Mount Salem will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 20 Dear readers, let me ask you a question: do you like bluesy, heavy, spooky music that you can headbang to? Do you like ’60s-styled heavy metal that evokes visions of cloaked witches and warlocks gathered […]

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Not in it for the money

Dweezil keeps Zappa legacy alive By Gary Spencer Photo: Zappa Plays Zappa will perform July 12 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati   A lot of second generation musicians have had to wrestle with the shadow of their famous parents’ musical legacies. Then there’s guitarist and bandleader Dweezil Zappa. The son of Frank Zappa, a man who many […]

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The pulse on the Plaza

Troy Summer Music Concert Series is in season By Gary Spencer Photo: The Troy Summer Music Concert Series runs through Sept. 1 at Prouty Plaza; photo: Troy Main Street It always brings a smile to my face when an underdog manages to overachieve. This could very well be applied to the city of Troy, Ohio, as […]

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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 […]