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A force awakens

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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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Charged particles

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Cincinnati’s Electric Citizen livens heavy rock at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Photo: Laura Dolan of Electric Citizen brings heavy rock to Jimmie’s April 8; photo: Joshua Ford   There’s a saying that goes, “What’s old is new again,” and that adage is often applicable to music. Particularly in the world of heavy metal, the retro sounds of […]

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The sound of sludge

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‘Prepare to be marred’ by Reflex Machine at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Reflex Machine’s lead drummer Alex Oakley (right) and bassist James Garcia produce a ‘chemical imbalance’ of sound; photo: Kaitlin Milligan   There are some people who believe there’s freedom in dissonance, liberty in noise, and energy in anger, and that certainly […]

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Fighting through turbulence

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Flying Underground rises again at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Flying Underground’s (l-r) drummer Chris Arduser, lead vocalist Kelly McCracken, guitarist Brian Lovely, and bassist Dave Ramos; photo: Sybilka Storie   It should come as no surprise that some of the best art is often created amidst the turmoil and adversity of life events […]

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All that jazz

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Ellis Marsalis and Sherrie Maricle headline Beavercreek’s Weekend of Jazz By Gary Spencer Photo:Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra co-headline the 17th annual Weekend of Jazz Festival March 2-4; photo: Shaun Mader Jazz is one of America’s biggest and most important contributions to modern culture. Born of southern African-American culture in the late 19th century, […]

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Carrying that weight

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The Lucky Dutch buries the night at Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer Photo: The Lucky Dutch’s (l-r) Claire Corriveau, Ben Dacoba, Nathan Graham, and David Padula get hot and heavy at Trolley Stop Feb. 18 Blues music, or simply the blues, is as American as baseball and apple pie. With roots situated in the Deep South […]

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Hanging out

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Only Flesh hooks the audience at Therapy Cafe By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Revina Lower and Damien Thompson of Only Flesh bring the freak show to Therapy Cafe Saturday, Feb. 11; photos: David Heasley Props and theatrics in rock music are hardly a new thing. In the early 1960s, Screaming Jay Hawkins emerged from a coffin […]

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Permanent sketches

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Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo opens with ‘Body Rock’ photo exhibit By Gary Spencer Photo: Photo of Absinthe Junk’s Blair Breitreiter on display starting Feb. 3 at Wells & Co. on Third Street; photo: Christopher Corn Tattoos are arguably more popular than ever in modern culture. It seems that everywhere you go, tattoos are instantly […]

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Dream women: DPAA’s Soul Singers take the Schuster stage

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Soul sistas 3 Dayton women’s journeys to the Schuster stage By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s ‘Soulful’ winners, Tiffany Bryant, Frances Wright Pate, and Yolanda Drake It’s everyone’s dream to go from doing something you love for your amusement or for the entertainment of a small circle of family and friends to the […]

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In the Deep House

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Legendary DJs Mark Farina and Colette return to Therapy Cafe By Gary Spencer Photo: Expect a spontaneous set from Chicago-based DJ Mark Farina, who co-headlines Volume: Deep House Friday with DJ Colette at Therapy Cafe, Jan. 20 Most dance music styles have a short shelf life, but house music has continued to endure since its […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/6

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New Picasso? A woman came home from work one sunny afternoon to find her house awry. She frantically observed a […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/30

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By Michelle Strauss Means of transportation When a woman arrived home from work she noticed something rather peculiar: a man […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]