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The seers

No Wave legends Swans visit Newport’s Southgate  By Gary Spencer photo by: “We’re doing the best sonics I’ve ever experienced.” -Michael Gira brings Swans to Southgate House Revival on Tuesday, July 23; photo credit: Jennifer Church You know how it usually goes when a legendary band considered long dead and gone reunites, right? Initial excitement of […]

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Beyond Thick As A Brick

Jethro Tull leader plays classic album in its entirety plus sequel at Riverbend By Gary Spencer Jethro Tull is one of those artists who, for all intents and purposes, exist on their own musical planet, removed from their classic rock contemporaries who, for varying reasons, aren’t quite in Tull’s unique musical league. And then there’s […]

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Going solo

Dayton metal veteran King Stench unveils new album By Gary Spencer Photo: King Stench brings new album Ungod to Hank’s Pub on July 13 Lots of bands have circulated in the Dayton underground over the years, but very few of those bands and musicians stand the test of time across a single decade, let alone multiples. […]

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About a Mover

Hospital Garden celebrates release of third album By Gary Spencer Photo: Chicago trio Hospital Garden bring their new album Moverto Blind Bob’s on May 26; [l to r] Erik Rasmussen, Sarah Carey and Lucas Hollow  There seems to be a slogan going around the Gem City for probably decades now. It’s something to the effect of “people […]

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Hear our Satan prayer

Mysterious Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. invades Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Swedish metal outfit Ghost B.C. will perform on May 19 at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus; photo credit: Ester Segarra Subversion and influence of the masses via popular music is hardly a new thing, whether by design or just uninformed opinions […]

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Best of both worlds

Sideshow 8 ready to showcase the heart of Dayton visual art By Gary Spencer photo: Preparing for Sideshow 6; Photo credit: Emmanuel Cavallaro For better or worse, Dayton institutions tend to come and go. Every once in a while, though, a new institution emerges and manages to defy the odds and become a yearly fixture in […]

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Not just a ‘side’ show

Live local music and performance art at Sideshow 8 By Gary Spencer photo: Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite perform at Sideshow 8 on May 10; photo credit: Jennifer Clarke While there is little doubt that local visual art is the backbone of the yearly Sideshow event presented by the Dayton Circus Creative Collective coinciding with Urban […]

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To Cincinnati, with love

MusicNOW Festival thinks forward By Gary Spencer Photo: Composer Steve Reich performs at the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati; photo credit Jeffrey Herman Local musicians moving out of the state of Ohio and going on to success and fame in a bigger city isn’t a new story in the slightest. It’s also not totally out of character […]

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Home team

I Died Trying and Close the Hatch split record release at McGuffy’s By Gary Spencer Photo: I Died Trying [above] and Close the Hatch celebrate their split release at McGuffy’s on April 6 Being a local, independent, grassroots underground musical act can be a pricy endeavor. While most homegrown artists clawing their way to national recognition […]

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Honey, I cooked the kids!

Fetus Omelet brings gore (not core) to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Fetus Omelet will perform at Blind Bob’s on March 17; [l to r] Doomore Rapiste and Xerxes Grimm Dayton grindcore outfit Fetus Omelet is not for the faint of heart or for anyone offended by four letter words. Cloaked in bloody butcher smocks […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]