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Dayton’s Ladyfest

The ladies don’t skirt around at this music festival By Gary Spencer I bet there are quite a few of you out there reading this and wondering, “What exactly is Ladyfest?” Ladyfest is a pancontinental, not-for-profit, music and arts festival that celebrates and showcases local female musicians, visual artists, fashion designers, performance artists and authors […]

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Let me see you smile

Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson comes to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer It’s no secret that America’s rich musical traditions continue serve as fertile material from which countless artists continue to draw. For Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson, most of his life has been spent mining American music and drawing inspiration for his own music. For fans of […]

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Ghoul’s night out

Aaron Omen and the Hollywood Vampires bring their horror business to Dayton By Gary Spencer In the world of horror rock, every day is Halloween. The music itself centers on songs about monsters, vampires, Martians, zombies, murder, death and other horror film inspired fare that are paired with dark yet upbeat fist-pumping Ramones-influenced buzzsaw rock […]

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The milkman rings twice

Dead Milkmen songwriter Joe Jack Talcum comes to town By Gary Spencer I wasn’t a popular kid in school. Being a disaffected teenage youth growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I gravitated to punk rock and any related music that came off like a soundtrack for outsiders. The Dead Milkmen were such […]

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Heedfest: A love story

The ins and outs of the super-secret Robert Pollard fan event by Gary Spencer I’m home working on Thursday, July 7. Around 10:30 p.m. my phone rings. On the other line is my buddy Christopher Warner (aka the Warnz). I can tell he’s slammed a bit much to drink, but I remain patient as he […]

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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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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]