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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


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


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


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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Underneath the purple rain


Underneath the purple rain DCP eulogizes this year’s lost musical icons By DCP Audible Writers Editor’s note: After his departure Jan. 10, 2016, David Bowie has been hand-selecting elite humans from this terrestrial realm for his own—or at least putting his plans into action. These are some of the musically inclined among the Chosen Ones.  […]

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Frack You, 2016 playlist


DCP listens through the worsts of the year By DCP Audible Writers Photo: I See Stars’ Treehouse Can’t Stop the Feeling’ from the ‘Trolls’ soundtrack by Justin Timberlake By Tim Walker Thanks a lot, 2016. Not only did you go and take away a bunch of our more brilliant musical talents, but then you turn around […]

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Surf salamanders


The AmpFibians ride the wave to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: The AmpFibians’ (l-r) Ron ‘Squat’ White, Tom ‘Squid’ Coates, Eli ‘Lockjaw’ White, and Dave ‘Swag’ Davies; photo: Cathy Davies On paper, a surf rock band with the name The AmpFibians comes off as a clever play on words, but also seems a little contrived. […]

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Shesus, Breeders, and Bastards


Three premier singer-songwriters return home for the holidays By Gary Spencer Photo: Erika Wennerstrom performs at Cloverdale Dec. 22; photo: Kendall Bailey Atwater Every once in a while, a super bill of live music comes together that immediately raises eyebrows—a show featuring musicians with such impressive critical accolades and accomplished resumes that the sheer amount […]

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Winter warriors


Battlecross & Allegaeon conquer Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Allegaeon’s (l-r) Corey Archuleta, Greg Burgess, Brandon Park, Riley McShane, and Michael Stancel; photo: Matthew Zinke The guys at Rockstar Pro Arena keep on doing it—bringing world-class metal tours to the Gem City. And local headbangers should be loving it. This Friday, RPA is proud […]

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And it feels so good…


Annual Jeremy Frederick tribute show reunites a few of Dayton’s favorite bands By Gary Spencer Photo: Shesus (above) joins former local mainstays like Ohio Casket and Oh Condor at Blind Bob’s Dec. 17; photo: Scott Bodine One amazing thing about music is the way it touches people’s lives, especially when others get to know its creators […]

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Don’t underestimate their force


Return of il Troubadore & the Wookie Cellist to Dublin Pub By Gary Spencer Photo: il Troubadore’s Jon Silpayamanant as the Wookie Cellist returns to Dublin Pub Dec. 9  photo: Carrie Meyer A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… oh, who the hell do we think we’re kidding? In 2004 in Indianapolis, […]

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Truth in advertising?


Experience the uncommon with Common Center at Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Sasha Suskind, Austin Garrison, Lewis Connell, Liam Hall, Dennis DeZarn, Jessica Graff, and Ian Smith of Common Center When it comes to musical acts, sometimes a name is a telling indicator or representation of what a band is all about. But […]

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Old and not lazy


Local outfit Legbone celebrates 25 years at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Kyle Curtis, Kevin Hittepole, and Mitch Lawson perform in 1996 as Liquid Legbone Most bands —whether world famous or even more so, local—are lucky to stay together for five years, let alone 25. One Miami Valley-area band that has made it to […]

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Rockstar Pro Arena welcomes Tombs and Wolvhammer By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Tombs’ Evan Void, Charlie Schmid, Ben Brand, Mike Hill, and Fade Kainer rise Nov. 26 in Dayton Every once in a while, a tour package comes along that is a slam-dunk, can’t-miss occasion. That will certainly be the case when the double headlining tour […]

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We’re desperate


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?


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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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]