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Beyond the forest

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Cincinnati’s Valdrin brings black metal tales to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Valdrin will perform on June 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Mike Gfreorer Amid the blastbeats, crushing guitar chords and the grunts and growls one usually associates with the subgenres making up modern “extreme” metal, there is often more than meets the bleeding ear. […]

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Catching the light

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Scotland’s Chvrches bring synthpop tides to Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Chvrches will perform on June 10 at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus; photo: Elliot Hazel Although I’m primarily a fan of heavy, guitar based music, I must admit I have a soft spot for really well done, catchy synthpop – synthpop that’s primarily of 1980s […]

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How sweet it is …

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Troy Strawberry Festival still going strong By Gary Spencer Photo: Last year, an estimated 100,000 people attended the Troy Strawberry Festival; photo: Tall James Photography After 30-some years of the Troy Strawberry Festival, one thing is for certain – the Miami Valley definitely loves strawberries. Ever since 1977, the city of Troy has shared its […]

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Monkeying around

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The Monkees come to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: The Monkees will perform on June 6 at PNC Pavilion; photo: Larry Marano/Getty ImagesHere they come again. For the third time in as many years, TV’s first rock ‘n’ roll band, The Monkees, are taking their act back on tour – just in time for the warm […]

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Dead in person

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Lucha-rockers Team Void live album release at Canal Public House By Gary Spencer Photo: Team Void performs on May 24 at Canal Public House; photo: Richard Brown Some Dayton rock ‘n’ roll fans think Team Void is a five-piece band whose musicians live and breathe here in the Gem City, just like everybody else. However, you […]

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The great rock ‘n’ roll festival

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Columbus’ Rock on the Range is worth the trip By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Label Society will perform at this year’s Rock on the Range; photo: Justin Reich Some 60 years after the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music, there seems to be more musical categories and subgenres than there are strains of the common cold. In […]

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Sounds from the riverfront

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Summer concerts in ’Burg are set to get hot By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Science will perform on May 16 at Riverfront Park; photo: Robert Leifheit There’s something to be said about the charm of taking in live music somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and even more can be said about […]

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Seasons in exile

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Lysura bring black metal rituals back home By Gary Spencer Photo: Lysura perform Friday, May 2 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Luke Ryan; Dread Pirate Photography For many musicians who grew up in the Gem City or honed their skills here in Dayton, eventually the time comes when a new environment becomes necessary. This can take the […]

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A shade greener

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Garden Station’s second annual EarthFest By Gary Spencer Photo: The Guinness World Record-setting Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place at 11 a.m. at Garden Station, and around the world With the modern world caught up in technology and human beings rarely interacting face-to-face, it can sometimes be a good thing for us to all be […]

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Only human

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VNV Nation goes Transnational with new album and tour By Gary Spencer Photo: Ronan Harris [above] and Mark Jackson, also known as VNV Nation, perform at the Taft Theatre on April 29; photo: Franz Schepers Over the years, industrial music, electronic dance music and electronic music have been stereotyped as impersonal, devoid of soul and emotion. In […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]