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Sounds of Violence

British Metal Stalwarts Onslaught Bring Thrash Attack to Dayton By Gary Spencer When most people think about classic thrash metal from the 1980s certain names come to mind.  Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer are among the most famous artists associated with the genre.  But just like with nearly every other musical genre or era, there […]

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Gaining Speed

Sweden’s Truckfighters Bring High-energy Fuzz Rock to Dayton By Gary Spencer In the dog-eat-dog world of music most bands never make it to a level of international acclaim and recognition, and even for the ones that do, to climb their way out of obscurity sometimes takes years.  One such band is Swedish trio Truckfighters, an […]

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Poison and Fire

Architects of Doom Find A Niche in the Dayton Metal Scene By Gary Spencer Many people reading this probably don’t know about Dayton-based heavy metal quartet Architects of Doom … yet.  Relative newcomers to the Dayton metal scene, A.O.D. has only been active for roughly a year now and even in that short period of […]

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An Invisible Empire

Monster Magnet Side Project Comes to Rock Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Ahhhh … the ‘90s.  A decade of popular music that holds a dear place in the hearts of many music lovers, partially due to the underground rock revolution led by Nirvana that changed the perceptions of what types of music could be considered […]

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Ain’t it fun

Rocket from the Tombs set to sell soul at Southgate House By Gary Spencer David Thomas answers questions. “I don’t volunteer information,” said Thomas, vocalist and saxophone player for Rocket from the Tombs. I’ve interviewed some tough customers in my time, but Rocket from the Tombs (RFTT) vocalist David Thomas has now been inducted into […]

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The violence beneath

Mouth of the Architect brings teeth, tongue and catharsis to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Often some of the best music being made in Dayton is lurking in the shadows, rarely showing its face around town yet is known in underground music circles both nationally and internationally. This description would certainly be apropos for Dayton […]

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Of skulls and dark visions

Stepping inside Erica Blackstock’s head By Gary Spencer The Halloween season is nearing its apex and visions of blood, monsters, skeletons and all things spooky are nearly everywhere you go. But to Daytonian visual artist Erica Blackstock, the appeal of such imagery and general darkness isn’t merely a once-a-year affair. For years Blackstock has been […]

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Dead man’s party

Canal Street Tavern’s annual Monster Hop refuses to die By Gary Spencer Local musician Jamy Holliday has been busy lately. We had been communicating via email while he was in France touring with the self-proclaimed “International Doomsday Punk Rock Machine” group, Dumbell, about talking to him about the upcoming Monster Hop Halloween show he hosts […]

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Looking back, moving forward

The Ladybirds bring good ole rock ‘n’ roll to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer When people talk about rock music nowadays, it’s rarely described as rock ‘n’ roll. You hear “rock,” “hard rock,” “indie rock,” “folk rock,” “punk rock,” “psych rock,” “garage rock” and other labels thrown around, but almost never do you hear […]

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East meets Dayton

Kokeshi Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with By Gary Spencer The Western world (the U.S. in particular) has almost always had a fascination with Eastern culture (Asian culture in particular). Asian influence can often be found in numerous aspects of American life and culture, including visual arts, music, film, cartoons and toys. Dayton artist Craig […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]