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It was 500 years ago today…

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Dayton Philharmonic explores Mendelssohn & The Reformation’s religious overtones The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; photo: DPAA By Gary Spencer European classical music has a storied history of being intertwined with God, the church, and religious faith in general. There were many reasons for this – many composers were well known for being devout men of faith, […]

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Still feelin’ the fire

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Thrash metal icons Overkill return to Dayton (finally) Overkill rocking since 1980; photo: Hakon Grav By Gary Spencer It seems that once a musical artist becomes a household name, they become complacent later in their careers, resting on their laurels and previous achievements and in turn, losing the fire that made them successful to begin […]

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GWAR: bring your raincoats and hide your children

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Extraterrestrial rockers out for blood at Middletown’s Land of Illusion Photo: GWAR is gearing up to perform at Land of Illusion By Gary Spencer The entertainment business has historically had its controversial problem children. Lenny Bruce pioneered free speech in comedy in the ’50s. The Doors were arrested on the stage for profanity in the […]

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Exodus returns

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Thrash metal pioneers Exodus at Oddbody’s Photo: Steve Zetro Souza of Exodus By Gary Spencer Thrash metal is one of those styles of music that you know it when you hear it – breakneck tempos, shredding guitars, furious bass, and clubbing drums are all trademarks of the genre. While the style has waxed and waned […]

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Comic still standing

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Tammy Pescatelli finds the funny back home in Ohio at Funnybone Cleveland native, Tammy Pescatelli, is coming back to Dayton; photo: Natalie Brasingotn By Gary Spencer (Interview performed by Dana Armington) A lot of comedians seem to come from somewhat unusual backgrounds, and that seems to be the case for Tammy Pescatelli. Pescatelli comes from […]

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Home is where the (heavy) heart is

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Veronica Grim returns to Ohio Photo: Members of the outlaw clan: lead singer Veronica Grim and guitarest Honey Osborn By Gary Spencer There’s an adage that goes something to effect of “you can take the girl out of Ohio, but you can’t take the Ohio out of the girl,” or as more specifically heard in Dayton […]

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Knuckles up

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Chicago’s Flatfoot 56 prove that bagpipes are punk as f— Photo: from left to right: Conrad Allsworth, Eric McMahon, TobinBawinkel, Kyle Bawinkel, Brandon Good By Gary Spencer To some listeners, punk seems like a sonically limited genre of music – distorted guitars, three or four chords, rough singing, sometimes fast, sometimes faster. However, there are […]

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Comedy is life

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Leonard Ouzts returns to the Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Headliner Leonard Ouzts By Gary Spencer Some comedians like to go for cheap gags and one-liners, while others weave elaborate tales full of lengthy, intricate stories that lead up to a punch line. Then, there’s comedians like Leonard Ouzts, a rising young star in the world […]

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For the record

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Roots on Vinyl exhibition is truly a wax museum Vinyls on display; photo: Terrilynn Meece By Gary Spencer It’s no secret that vinyl records are making a comeback in terms of popularity and availability. There’s something intangibly attractive about holding a 12” by 12” record jacket in hand, contemplating the artwork or lyrics printed inside […]

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Dayton City Paper ‘Audible’ writers present…

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The 2017 sizzling summer mixtape   Allyson B. Crawford | Crazy Lixx “Hunter of the Heart” What could be sexier than a 2017 track that sounds like it is straight out of 1987? Crazy Lixx formed in Sweden in 2002, and they’ve stayed true to their goal of creating music full of anthemic riffs and gang-choruses. “Hunter of […]

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Techno Queen

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Nicole Moudaber reigns at Masque By Gary Spencer Every creative force has an origin story. Some musical artists have journeys so remarkable they stand out like dollar bills in a penny-infested wishing well. One such stand-out is DJ/Producer Nicole Moudaber, who, while creating her own music for only about a decade, has become a magnetic […]

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It’s the %$#&*@ Catalina Mixer

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The Wrestling Revolver invades Rockstar Pro Arena ‘Bulldozer’ Matt Tremont in 2016 Best of the Best; photo: Meggie Baker By Gary Spencer Pro wrestling isn’t just about WWE these days. In fact, indie circuit wrestling such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and Global Force Wrestling seem to be thriving at all-time highs as […]

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Started as a journalist, now he’s here

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Noah Gardenswartz brings the lakhns to Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Noah Gardenswartz, on Comedy Central (above), started stand-up where most great stand-up careers start, in the upstairs of a taco restaurant  By Gary Spencer Dating back to the vaudeville antics of George Burns and Henny Youngman all the way to modern masters such as Andy […]

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Such sort-of great heights

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Such sort-of great heights Wax nostalgic, new with Lake Street Dive at Riverbend (l-r) Lake Street Dive’s Mike Calabrese, Rachel Price, Bridget Kearney, and Mike Olson photo: Danny Clinch By Gary Spencer Every once in a while, a band comes around that takes familiar musical sounds and presents them in a way that is personable and […]

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Elvis is still king

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Elvis Costello & the Imposters tour through ‘Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers’ at Fraze Elvis Costello & the Imposters pump it up at Fraze Pavilion July 18; photo: James O’Mara By Gary Spencer Elvis Costello is widely considered one of the most prolific, accomplished and celebrated songwriters and recording artists of all time. The British […]

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Maximum impact

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Downlink and Dieselboy drop the bass, up the tempo at Masque Drum and bass veteran Damian Higgins, Dieselboy, drops at Masque July 7; photo: Key Vision Photography By Gary Spencer For several years now, the duo of Tony DeSaro and Billy Dickensheets, better known collectively as 3DMentional Entertainment (3DM), has gone out of its way […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]