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‘The new face of America’

Kevin Owens during 'Catch WLIVE WRESTLEMANIA REVENGE' held at Accor Hotel Arena, in Paris, France, on April 22, 2016. Photo by Jerome Domine/ABACAPRESS.COM

US Champion Kevin Owens and WWE SmackDown rule at Nutter Center Kevin Owens during ‘Catch WLIVE WRESTLEMANIA REVENGE’ at Accor Hotel Arena, in Paris, France, on April 22, 2016; photo: Jerome Domine By Gary Spencer Everyone likes a good underdog story—you know, when a person fights for a goal even if the odds are almost […]

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‘Blasphemy made flesh’

Metal

Death metal legends Cryptopsy take over Oddbody’s Photo: Cryptopsy’s (l-r) Matt McGachy, Oil Pinard, Chris Donaldson, and Flo Mounier swarm Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer When one thinks about the birth and history of death metal, any knowledgeable metalhead thinks of the United States of America. San Francisco quartet Possessed laid the groundwork with 1985’s Seven […]

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A breathing heart

Rock2

Ann Wilson of Heart takes ‘artistic walkabout’ to Rose Music Center Photo: Ann Wilson of Heart takes on Rose Music Center June 14; photo: Jess Griffin By Gary Spencer Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a monastery, you know Heart—the rock band fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson responsible for such […]

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Humor, human release

blues

Sun Hound ‘go big or go home’ at Taffy’s of Eaton Photo: Sun Hound’s (l-r) Nicole Pyeritz and Jessica Fisch bring a full-band sound to Taffy’s June 2 By Gary Spencer Some may call it fate, but most rock duos don’t start out as a twosome—usually some circumstance or happy accident takes a band from […]

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Midwest’s best

Soundbyte

DCP music writers highlight Nelsonville Music Festival Photo: Cloud Nothings take the Main Stage June 2 at Nelsonville Music Festival   Ween Saturday, June 3, 9:30 p.m., Main Stage They Might Be Giants Friday, June 2, 9:30 p.m., Main Stage By Gary Spencer In the past, most bands featured at the annual Nelsonville Music Festival have […]

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‘Sexual master class’

comedy

Luenell delivers rated-R show at Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Luenell goes for ‘big, big laughs’ at the Dayton Funny Bone May 25-27; photo: Steven Littles By Gary Spencer “A lot of people recognize my face but don’t remember my name,” says comedian and actress Luenell. “I’m not quite a household name.” Chances are most people […]

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An open diary

comedy

Zainab Johnson promises ‘a good ass time’ at Dayton Funny Bone By Gary Spencer Photo: Zainab Johnson performs May 11-14 at the Dayton Funny Bone For most comedians, the lives they lead form the backbone of what they do. It’s “write what you know” applied to comedy. The adage applies particularly well to young New […]

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As good as (not) dead

rock

Local H subverts ’90s nostalgia at Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Scott Lucas (left) and Ryan Harding of Local H perform May 9 at Rockstar Pro Arena Dirty flannel, Doc Martens, and light wash jeans are everywhere these days—’90s nostalgia is at peak popularity. Sticker and Trapper Keeper mogul Lisa Frank is doing […]

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Million mile traveler

folk

Peter Mulvey celebrates 25 years of music at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: Indie-folk musician Peter Mulvey celebrates 25 years of songwriting Saturday, April 22 at Yellow Cab Tavern; photo: Elisabeth Witt Indie-folk music is one of those subgenres of music that seems to spawn both artists who get hot for a minute and […]

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A force awakens

pops

Dayton Philharmonic presents ‘The Best of John Williams’ By Gary Spencer Photo: Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker, from the ‘Star Wars’ series, set to a classic score by John Williams; photo: Rob Bogaerts, Dutch National Archives Oftentimes, one of the most overlooked parts to the success of a motion picture is the score. While it may […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

The Docket

Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

L&D

On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

L&D

Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]