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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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Fight for the history books

KnockOut Dayton showcases local volunteer boxers for good cause By Gary Spencer Photo: Dayton History presents the KnockOut Dayton boxing exhibition on March 1 at Memorial Hall; photo: Tom Greene Photography Elton John once sang “Saturday night’s alright for fightin,’” and this Saturday is going to be more than an alright time if amateur boxing is […]

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Have amps, will travel

Ampline plugs in at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: [l to r] Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery; photo: Keith Klenowski The art of the power trio seems to have fallen by the wayside in rock music in the 21st century. There is a special kind of magic that presents itself when just one […]

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Roads to pretty metal

Deafheaven brings critically-acclaimed wall of sound to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: Deafheaven performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 19 If you spent any time scouring the year end Best of 2013 lists of both critics and fans, you’ve probably heard of the band Deafheaven. Their sophomore full-length record, Sunbather, was an instant […]

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From Russia with love

Miami Valley Symphony’s Russian Masters By Gary Spencer Photo: The Miami Valley Sympony Orchestra presents its Russian Masters concert Feb. 16-17 Russia is a country rich in cultural history. From architecture to literature to this year’s Olympic games, Russian culture continues to make a resounding impact all around the world. The same goes for the great […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]