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We’re desperate

beats

Greece’s Barb Wire Dolls prove punk’s not dead at Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Barb Wire Dolls’ (l-r) Krash Doll (drums), Isis Queen (vocals), Iriel Blaque (bass), Remmington (rhythm guitar), and Pyn Doll (lead guitar) photo: Michelle X Star   It’s easy to lament the state of what passes for contemporary punk rock. Most modern punk bands […]

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Who’s your babyface?

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Wrestling and comedy with Rockstar Pro Arena & Rob Van Dam By Gary Spencer Photo: Photos by David Stockwell/DemoBlast Studios   When we think of pro wrestling, what do we usually imagine? Depending on who you’re talking to, it could mean incredible feats of athleticism, “fake” fighting, or possibly a soap opera for men. That […]

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Take 2

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Dayton’s own Ashley Martin celebrates album release at Caddy’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Ashley Martin releases her self-produced new album, Take 2, at Caddy’s Nov. 17; photo: Daes Photography Modern country is more often than not a terrible thing—overproduced music that might as well be top 40 pop with cringe worthy lyrics, vocals as ear pleasing […]

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Searchin’

blues

Dayton Philharmonic Soul Singer Search heats up By Gary Spencer Photo: Peter Brennan of Jeans ‘n Classics partners with DPO to find Dayton’s next soul singer One thing I’ve always admired about the Gem City is its ability to put the spotlight on homegrown talent, and sometimes in unusual or intriguing ways. That certainly seems to […]

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Faces of fear

underground

Masters of the dark arts at Clash’s Phobia art show By Gary Spencer Photo: Doll phobia piece by Erica Blackstock The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word “phobia” as “an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something.” Depending on who you are talking to, a person could have phobias or a plethora of […]

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From the depths

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Philadelphia’s Surgeon rises at Cloverdale By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Surgeon’s Josh Mustin, JT Wieme, Lydia Giordano, and Sean Bolton; photo: Jauhien Sasnou Some of the most innovative, engaging, and just plain good music is often found on the fringe of popular music radars. This is especially true when it comes to extreme metal, a genre […]

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Fly me to the Schuster

POPS

Dayton Philharmonic pays tribute to Sinatra and Friends By Gary Spencer Photo: Steve Lippia croons the audience with classics from Sinatra and other timeless voices When it comes to music, especially popular music, tastes and trends wax and wane, and certain types of popular music go in and out of style. But some music retains […]

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Close encounters of the bard kind

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40th annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference at Wright State By Gary Spencer Photo: Actress Carla Bennett in the Gershwin musical Crazy For You at the Stratford Theatre Festival, who also teaches workshops at ‘Encountering Shakespeare’ “To be or not to be?” That is definitely not a question when it comes to the annual Ohio Valley […]

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A (lazy) eye for comedy

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Shaun Latham returns to Dayton with mean, hilarious punch By Gary Spencer Photo: Shaun Latham recruits more Daytonians to #TeamLazyEye at Wiley’s Oct. 14 and 15photo: Heather Ennis, Earth by Ennis Photography Stand-up comedians are a dime a dozen, and most of them don’t do much to stand out or differentiate themselves from the pack. […]

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Return to Roots

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Max and Iggor Cavalera rise again at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Iggor (left) and Max Cavalera resurrect Roots in Dayton Oct. 8 Just about every metalhead in the world knows who brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera are. Guitarist and drummer respectively, the duo formed one of the most popular and influential heavy metal bands […]

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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, […]