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Under the spell

Yellow Springs Theater Company stages “Godspell” By Gary Spencer Photo: Director Robert Campbell [standing, forefront] rehearses with Yellow Springs Theater Company Godspell castmembers Faith can be a touchy subject. In the soul-hardened world of the 2000s, trying to connect with a faith or religion may seem like a daunting task. Being bombarded on a daily […]

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Anti-valentine’s day massacre

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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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News of the weird: 06/30

By Chuck Shepherd   What Cannibals Can Teach Us Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported […]

Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her […]

The Docket: 06/30

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   Man sorry for accidentally lurking nude At 6:30 […]

Chew on this: 06/30

Back-of-the-envelope nutrition By Jayne Powers   From picking quality carbohydrates to protein powders and dietary supplements, there are scores of […]

Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our […]

30 feet of Abe

Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a […]