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Anti-valentine’s day massacre

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Therapy Café hosts Blackheart’s Ball By Gary Spencer Photo: The Blackheart’s Ball is the brainchild of Curse of Cassandra, who will perform Friday at Therapy Café; photo: Alien Twilight Valentine’s Day is a “holiday” people either love or detest – there isn’t much room in between. And if you fall in the latter category, chances […]

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Agony and ecstasy

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Sleepy Kitty bring grimy garage pop sounds to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Evan Sult and Paige Brubeck of Sleepy Kitty will perform Feb. 6 at Blind Bob’s It seems within the past decade, two person bands have become hip with American indie rock fans. Bands like The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Japandroids […]

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The rock that will save us all

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Red Hot Rebellion’s “mission” to save the world By Gary Spencer Photo: Red Hot Rebellion will perform at Blind Bob’s on Jan. 31 Contemporary punk rock could be seen as a very limited music genre – there are certain expectations of what punk bands can do musically and otherwise, which seems ironic given the original […]

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Reason beyond the season

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Restock Live Music Aid benefits local food banks By Gary Spencer Photo: Reefer Hut guitarist and Oddbody’s Music Room owner Neilson Hixson; photo: Nikki Forte The holiday season has come and gone just like it always does. But even though the calendar says the season for giving is over, there are still many who continue […]

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Black top revelation

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Lo-Pan bring colossal riffs to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Lo-Pan will perform at Blind Bob’s Dec. 26 Good music that comes out of Ohio should be a no-brainer. Whether we are talking about Bootsy Collins, Devo or Guided By Voices, Ohio has earned its stripes in the world of daring, original and sometimes […]

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… Oh yeah, and basketball, too!

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Harlem Globetrotters return to Nutter Center By Gary Spencer Photo: Harlem Globetrotter forward Alex “Moose” Weakes As much as things change in the world, it’s sometimes nice to have an old throwback that stays pretty much the same, even after the span of decades. One such entity is the world traveled and world famous Harlem […]

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Gimme shelter

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The Nightbeast and friends play benefit for Daybreak shelter By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r] Steve Sturm, Brian Whitten, Vincent Arceo, Alex Todd and Kelly Hanus of Swimming With Sharks We’re in the midst of yet another holiday season here in Dayton – one in which, like every year, the adage “better to give than receive” […]

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Heavy riffs, heavy times

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The Skull’s old school heavy metal for a new generation By Gary Spencer Photo: The Skull will perform on Sunday, Dec. 14 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Ty Klingsick Music is a cyclical, generational thing: some styles of music become popular, die down a bit, become marginalized and, in some instances, disappear almost entirely. Other […]

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Bastard sound manipulation

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Experimental metal supergroup Corrections House at Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Corrections House eschews publicity photos, instead favoring images of anonymous intensity; photo: Seward Fairbury, “Minister of Propaganda” The merging of rock veterans into what some critics have termed a “supergroup” is hardly a new thing. Often what results sounds like the sum […]

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Melodic metal?

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Skeletonwitch at Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford and Gary Spencer Photo: Skeletonwitch will perform on Nov. 15 at Oddbody’s Legendary Ohio metallers Skeletonwitch are about to unleash their hardcore fury on Dayton. The band will play Oddbody’s (5418 Burkhardt Road) on Nov. 15. Dayton bands Horlet and Engraved Darkness will open the show. Advance tickets […]

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Time warped orchestra

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DPO and Jeans ‘n Classics debut ‘The Music of Rocky Horror’ By Gary Spencer Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director Neal Gittleman To younger audiences, the idea of attending a performance by your local philharmonic orchestra may sound like a staid, stuffy or simply uncool way to spend a Friday night – especially […]

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Seize the day

Today is the Day to lay waste to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Today is the Day will perform at Oddbody’s Music Room on Oct. 24 Many bands have trouble staying together and relevant two years into their existence, let alone over 20. But that’s exactly what Nashville noisecore stalwarts Today is the Day have done […]

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Thy diabolical parade

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Dayton one-man metal project Enoonmai wields The Witches’ Hammer By Gary Spencer Photo: Jake Koch, one-man metal project Enoonmai   One-man black metal projects are hardly a new thing. Artists such as Burzum, Xasthur, Leviathan and countless others have chosen to eschew putting up with other band members and performing live in favor of concentrating on […]

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Hyper folk intoxication

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Pakistan’s Khumariyaan brings hyper folk Music to UD By Gary Spencer Photo: Khumariyaan will perform at University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre on Oct. 2; photo: Ammar Shareef American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” And since Emerson uttered this mantra, many musical artists have taken this assertion to […]

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As seen on TV

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The Great Sabatini is guest of honor at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r top] Sean and Joey, [l-r bottom] Rob and Steve of The Great Sabatini; photo: Big James Arsenian Roughly a year and a half ago, I walked into Blind Bob’s bar in the Oregon District on a random Sunday, not really […]

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Personal and awkward

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Mike Birbiglia thanks God for jokes at Victoria By Gary Spencer Photo: Comedian Mike Birbiglia will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Sept. 12;   According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “religious” has a few synonyms, two of which are the words “devotional” and “sacred.” Most comedians could be said to feel religious about their […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]