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Modern millennium jazz brew


Dirk Quinn Band grooves Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer There seems to be a culturally accepted notion (especially among younger people) that jazz music is obsolete in the modern millennium—that jazz is an antiquated form of music relegated to the tastes of stuffy old people and music scholars. However, there is a wave of young […]

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So scary it’s scary


Razakel brings horrorcore rap to Dayton By Gary Spencer It’s a shame that female musicians still struggle to be taken seriously, regardless of their chosen musical genre. And it’s well known that women have struggled historically to be taken seriously particularly in rap music. But the most dedicated of these ladies fight through, oftentimes twice […]

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’Tis the Cézanne


DAI’s Fractured Forms exhibition examines timeless influence on modern painting By Gary Spencer The Fixx once sang in their one-hit wonder from the 1980s “one thing leads to another,” and that is certainly the case in the history of visual art. Although one artist or movement may not have seemed like the logical successor to […]

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The bastards’ siren


Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom homebound at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Dorothy once sang in “The Wizard of Oz” that “there’s no place like home,” and many former Dayton residents echo that sentiment. One such former Gem City ex-patriot is singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader of Heartless Bastards, Erika Wennerstrom, who will be making their first […]

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Big easy metal


NOLA’s Goatwhore brings a fury of metal to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Being in a band that is constantly touring and trying to make a living out of its art isn’t easy. New Orleans-based heavy metal quartet Goatwhore, featuring Sammy Duet (guitar, vocals), L. Ben Falgoust II (lead vocals), T.A. (bass) and Zack Simmons (drums), […]

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Let’s go to the movies


Miamisburg Plaza Theatre now showing! By Gary Spencer From time to time, something old and long forgotten is revisited and cherished—think record collections or vintage finds at antique stores. This also seems to be the case for a historic movie theatre in downtown Miamisburg that, thanks to generous support from the public, has a new […]

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The language of song


Francesca Blanchard brings her multicultural music to UD By Gary Spencer Inspiration for writing music comes from many places and personal experiences. That inspiration is drawn from far away memories, experiences growing up, places we lived a long time ago and everything in between. For Francesca Blanchard, a singer/songwriter, style, sound, lyrics and inspiration is […]

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Foundation of stone


Nashville band Frances & the Foundation at Bob’s By Gary Spencer As most any artist from Dayton past or present can attest, being an ambitious, young musician can be challenging and frustrating. The burning desire to make a living out of your craft and get your music out for the world to hear drives many […]

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Lonesome highway grooves


The Devil Doves’ Dayton debut at Trolley By Gary Spencer Photo: The Devil Doves perform Jan. 15 at The Trolley Stop If you’ve ever made the drive from Dayton to Columbus, you know the scenery well (or lack thereof). Once you get past Springfield, there isn’t much to look at until you get closer to […]

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Murder, she wrote


Local author JJ Philips sheds light on new novel By Gary Spencer Photo: JJ Philips, author of “Parental Bloodshed”; photo: Chet King of Hexfyre Photography Horror fiction, be it in cinematic or literary form, has been a popular form of entertainment since it first saw the light of day. However, over the years horror has […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]