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Instrumental metalheads Karma to Burn return to RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: All-instrumental metal trio Karma to Burn will perform July 24 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Karma to Burn As much as things change, some things never go out of style. Like a solid, catchy, heavy guitar riff. Or a thundering bass line. Or […]

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Celtic crush

Annual Dayton Celtic Festival returns By Gary Spencer Photo: Celtic/Klezmer/World music headliners Scythian will perform at the 2015 Dayton Celtic Festival; photo: Dayton Celtic Festival Staff Some events in Dayton become an institution over the years, and the annual United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival has definitely become one of them. In fact, the festival […]

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Dream-prog duo

Columbus’ The Receiver at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Casey and Jesse Cooper, known as The Receiver, will perform July 11 at Blind Bob’s To paraphrase a line from ’70s TV sitcom “The Partridge Family,” the family that plays together, stays together. And that seems to ring true for Columbus, Ohio, brothers Jesse and […]

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Sucking to inspire

Thirty years later, Green Jellÿ still suxx By Gary Spencer Photo: Green Jellÿ has developed a cult following for its outrageous live performances; photo: Melina Dellamarggio Most musicians don’t set out to suck. But most musicians aren’t Bill Manspeaker, founding member of comedy rock band Green Jellÿ (pronounced “Jello”; the band was originally named Green […]

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From the ashes

The Agonist returns with new singer, new album, new tour By Gary Spencer Photo: The Agonist will perform on May 8 at Oddbody’s The parting of a popular lead singer can be a devastating blow to an established band – to the point where some bands never truly recover, and their popularity and creative output dies […]

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For the Record

Singles, shows and specials on Record Store Day By Gary Spencer Photo: Local dance/pop rock group Grenades?! will perform live at Omega Music on Record Store Day, April 18 Releases to look for Record stores – especially independently owned and operated ones – have become increasingly rare within the past decade. Dayton alone lost one locally […]

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Back to the garage

Old school promoter brings The Woggles to Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Garage rockers The Woggles will perform at Blind Bob’s on April 23 The Dayton music scene has evolved a lot over the years, both for better and worse. One thing many longtime Dayton concertgoers bemoan is the lack of national touring acts stopping […]

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Watch yer booty!

Pirates invade Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret IV By Gary Spencer Photo: Drunk & Sailor will perform sea shanties and Irish drinking songs; photo: Erin Cook The melding of subcultures in contemporary society is hardly a new thing. Some subcultures that may seem incongruous often find themselves as willing bedfellows in the right environment, and that […]

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Release and resolve

Byzantine return to RockStar with new album, tour By Gary Spencer Photo: Byzantine will perform March 21 at RockStar Pro Arena The evolution of a band’s career can be a strange thing in modern times. Historically, most bands operate independently in the early stages of their careers – self-promoting and self-releasing their own records, booking […]

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Denying classification

All That Remains remains true By Gary Spencer Photo: All That Remains will perform March 20 at Oddbody’s Music Room; photo: Justin Borucki Almost every genre of modern music suffers from a bit of elitism. Whether it’s indie rock, hip-hop or heavy metal, there’s always someone trying to talk down an artist or subgenre. Often, […]

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Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]

The Docket: 07/21

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee Nailed it The owner of a nail salon […]

News of the weird: 07/21

By Chuck Shepherd It Pays to Fail The enormous compensation CEOs of large corporations receive is justified in part by […]

Advice Goddess: 7/14

By Amy Alkon   Beyond Thunderdomes I have a great circle of female friends, but one of “the group” has […]

This ain’t Orwell

Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse down on ‘The Farm’ By CC Hutten Photo: Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse will present “The Farm” […]

news of the weird 7/14/15

By Chuck Shepherd Update California inventor Matt McMullen, who makes the world’s most realistic life-sized female doll, the RealDoll (with […]