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The great rock ‘n’ roll festival

Columbus’ Rock on the Range is worth the trip By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Label Society will perform at this year’s Rock on the Range; photo: Justin Reich Some 60 years after the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music, there seems to be more musical categories and subgenres than there are strains of the common cold. In […]

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Sounds from the riverfront

Summer concerts in ’Burg are set to get hot By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Science will perform on May 16 at Riverfront Park; photo: Robert Leifheit There’s something to be said about the charm of taking in live music somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and even more can be said about […]

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Seasons in exile

Lysura bring black metal rituals back home By Gary Spencer Photo: Lysura perform Friday, May 2 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Luke Ryan; Dread Pirate Photography For many musicians who grew up in the Gem City or honed their skills here in Dayton, eventually the time comes when a new environment becomes necessary. This can take the […]

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A shade greener

Garden Station’s second annual EarthFest By Gary Spencer Photo: The Guinness World Record-setting Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place at 11 a.m. at Garden Station, and around the world With the modern world caught up in technology and human beings rarely interacting face-to-face, it can sometimes be a good thing for us to all be […]

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Only human

VNV Nation goes Transnational with new album and tour By Gary Spencer Photo: Ronan Harris [above] and Mark Jackson, also known as VNV Nation, perform at the Taft Theatre on April 29; photo: Franz Schepers Over the years, industrial music, electronic dance music and electronic music have been stereotyped as impersonal, devoid of soul and emotion. In […]

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The world on a string

Cellist Cicely Parnas at the Dayton Art Institute By Gary Spencer Photo: Cellist Cicely Parnas will perform on April 11 at the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Christian Steiner It’s sometimes been said many young adults have wisdom beyond their years. In the case of cellist Cicely Parnas, this young musician seems to have had the skills […]

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Dove-tongued aggressor

Wino’s Spirit Caravan journeys to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Drummer Henry Vasquez of Spirit Caravan Some things just can’t stay dead and gone, especially great music. Music geeks, in particular, like to dig up treasures of the past, hoping to unlock some amazing sounds from the past and rediscover the magic that was created once […]

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Rider on the storm

Dead Rider bring spooky grooves back to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Dead Rider perform April 4 at Canal Public House; photo: Joe Sumrall   Once upon a time, in the mid ’90s, Dayton underground rock legends Brainiac were doing a show at the now-long-defunct Aardvark Ballroom. Before Dayton’s fab four took the stage, a band […]

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Class act

Springfield Symphony Orchestra rocks the ‘Classics’ By Gary Spencer Photo: Conductor Peter Wilson will direct the 72-piece Springfield Symphony Orchestra; photo: John Hazlett Some things stand the test of time. Some things become tried and true. Over time, such things tend to be referred to as “classics.” According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a “classic” can be […]

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Homecoming

Swearing At Motorists brings mellow struggle back to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Dave Doughman of Swearing At Motorists; Photo: Remco Brinkhuis Dayton is an interesting place. It’s one of those odd cities  people seem to love to hate, yet when someone talks down on it, they’ll defend it wholeheartedly. It’s also curious in the respect […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]