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Front Row: Astro Fang

Astro Fang Live at South Park Tavern, 5/6/2011 “Holy hipster hell, Batman!” I thought to myself when entering South Park Tavern on this particular Friday night. The place was bombarded with 20-somethings in skinny jeans, ironic facial hair and tattoos galore – I felt a little out of place (and old) to be honest. (And […]

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Front Row, 6/21/11

Rad Company record release party For those not in the know, Rad Company is a Dayton band that’s been together off and on over the last few years, but these days the group is perhaps stronger than ever. While Rad Company boasts a hilariously clever band name, the band itself is no joke. The local […]

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Amor or Armor?

A look at Dirty Socialites’ latest LP By Gary Spencer Before even dropping the needle on this record, Dayton’s Dirty Socialites are already winning points with me. First, they have a cool name (don’t ever underestimate the power of having a good band name). And second, the fact that a non-national (yet) local group has […]

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Spin it: Blood Ceremony, 6/14/11

Blood Ceremony Living with the Ancients (Rise Above/Metal Blade) Toronto-based quartet Blood Ceremony’s second album, Living with the Ancients, is chock full of bluesy, heavy, distorted 1960s-styled stoner rock featuring the reverb-heavy vocals of witchy chanteuse Alia O’Brien.  When the frontwoman isn’t singing, she’s either grinding the keys of a Hammond organ or playing the […]

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Front Row: Joey Belladonna at McGuffy’s House of Rock

Joey Belladonna at McGuffy’s House of Rock For those of you who may not recognize the name, Joey Belladonna is the lead singer of legendary Grammy-nominated thrash metal group Anthrax, who has been enjoying a recent wave of relevancy due to the overwhelming success of “The Big Four” concerts that Anthrax has been sharing the […]

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Front row: Mitch Mitchell’s Terrifying Experience

Wednesday 4/20 Omega Music The Terrifying Experience is the brainchild of Guided by Voices guitarist Mitch Mitchell, following the breakup of the “classic” GBV lineup in the mid-1990s. The band’s status as an ongoing musical entity has changed almost as many times as the band members have since their first appearance on record in 1996. […]

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Front Row: Record Store Day

Omega Music, 4/16/2011 By Gary Spencer The first-ever national Record Store Day celebration at the new Omega Music location in the Oregon District proved to be a huge event for participating bands, customers and the store itself. People from as far away as North Carolina populated the day’s festivities, most of whom left the store […]

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Bluegrass is greener on the Ohio side

Newfound Road brings high-energy live show to Dayton By Gary Spencer There are probably many readers and music listeners who are unaware of the ongoing (and surging) popularity of bluegrass and acoustic/roots music in the U.S.  One such band that is thriving below the radar of mainstream music is NewFound Road, a Franklin, Ohio-based group […]

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Lab Partners, Dead Rider, C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks

4/1/2011 Canal Street Tavern By Gary Spencer Another Friday night, another rock show at the long-time Dayton performance staple, Canal Street Tavern. Kicking off the night’s festivities was C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks, a Dayton band that plays fast-paced, instrumental rock ‘n’ roll with a boogie-woogie swing. And what makes this band swing is the tight-as-Botoxed-skin […]

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Sideshow 6 Preview Benefit and Dance Party

The Dayton Circus Creative Collective will be holding a benefit event for the sixth edition of the annual Dayton Circus Sideshow. Sideshow 6 is a two-day multimedia event that will coincide with Dayton’s Urban Nights on May 13, a citywide celebration of local visual art and music. This Friday’s soiree is a teaser of sorts […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]