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Rider on the storm

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Dead Rider bring spooky grooves back to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Dead Rider perform April 4 at Canal Public House; photo: Joe Sumrall   Once upon a time, in the mid ’90s, Dayton underground rock legends Brainiac were doing a show at the now-long-defunct Aardvark Ballroom. Before Dayton’s fab four took the stage, a band […]

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Class act

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra rocks the ‘Classics’ By Gary Spencer Photo: Conductor Peter Wilson will direct the 72-piece Springfield Symphony Orchestra; photo: John Hazlett Some things stand the test of time. Some things become tried and true. Over time, such things tend to be referred to as “classics.” According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a “classic” can be […]

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Homecoming

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Swearing At Motorists brings mellow struggle back to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Dave Doughman of Swearing At Motorists; Photo: Remco Brinkhuis Dayton is an interesting place. It’s one of those odd cities  people seem to love to hate, yet when someone talks down on it, they’ll defend it wholeheartedly. It’s also curious in the respect […]

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Fight for the history books

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KnockOut Dayton showcases local volunteer boxers for good cause By Gary Spencer Photo: Dayton History presents the KnockOut Dayton boxing exhibition on March 1 at Memorial Hall; photo: Tom Greene Photography Elton John once sang “Saturday night’s alright for fightin,’” and this Saturday is going to be more than an alright time if amateur boxing is […]

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Have amps, will travel

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Ampline plugs in at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: [l to r] Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery; photo: Keith Klenowski The art of the power trio seems to have fallen by the wayside in rock music in the 21st century. There is a special kind of magic that presents itself when just one […]

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Roads to pretty metal

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Deafheaven brings critically-acclaimed wall of sound to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: Deafheaven performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 19 If you spent any time scouring the year end Best of 2013 lists of both critics and fans, you’ve probably heard of the band Deafheaven. Their sophomore full-length record, Sunbather, was an instant […]

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From Russia with love

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Miami Valley Symphony’s Russian Masters By Gary Spencer Photo: The Miami Valley Sympony Orchestra presents its Russian Masters concert Feb. 16-17 Russia is a country rich in cultural history. From architecture to literature to this year’s Olympic games, Russian culture continues to make a resounding impact all around the world. The same goes for the great […]

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The science of noise

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Death metal legends Dark Tranquillity ready to reign in Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Dark Tranquility will perform on Feb. 11 at Skully’s Music Diner in Columbus; photo: Daniel Falk Some bands are content to rest on their past glories and achievements. For Swedish metal-ers Dark Tranquillity, resting on their name and reputation alone just ain’t how […]

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Fear, love, beauty and pain

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Black Angels bring psychedelic religion to Southgate House Revival By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Angels perform at Southgate House Revival on Feb. 7; photo: Alexandra ValentiOne trend I’ve noticed in the past few years is the resurgence of interest in music rooted in ’60s psychedelic rock. The annual Austin Psych Fest keeps getting larger each year, […]

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Tough enough

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Historic Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: The Original Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena Jan. 24-25; photo: courtesy Steve Coppler Some pastimes have no shelf life. In fact, fighting is something humans have been doing since the beginning of time. In ancient Greek and Roman cultures, stadiums would be filled with […]

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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 […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]