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Tough enough

Historic Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: The Original Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena Jan. 24-25; photo: courtesy Steve Coppler Some pastimes have no shelf life. In fact, fighting is something humans have been doing since the beginning of time. In ancient Greek and Roman cultures, stadiums would be filled with […]

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That what is naught

Stolen Babies merge heavy rock with heavy theater By Gary Spencer Photo: Cabaret/metal trio Stolen Babies will perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Jan. 26; photo: courtesy of Stolen Babies In the world of the performing arts, the mixing of heavy, guitar-based music and the artiness of theater seem to rarely cross paths. Sure, there are […]

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These are the days

Motel Beds celebrate LP release at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: The Motel Beds will celebrate their album release at the “Old” Yellow Cab Building on Jan. 18; photo: Bill Franz There are a lot of good – if not great – bands making remarkable music. However, what sets a good band apart from the […]

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Bringing it back home

Ohio native Dean Ambrose at ‘Monday Night Raw’  By: Gary Spencer   Photo: WWE United States Champion and Dayton native Dean Ambrose bring “WWE Monday Night Raw” to Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Jan. 20 Most everyone loves a success story about a local boy done good on a national stage. Dean Ambrose’s story is […]

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Holi-back!

HoliDayton rock party returns to Blind Bob’s  By Gary Spencer   Photo: [l to r] Poppy and Mark McMillon of The Story Changes bring HoliDayton to Blind Bob’s Dec. 28 The city of Dayton seems to have a lot of yearly traditions that have almost become like sacred rites for those that love to party in […]

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Madness like magic

mr. Gnome returns to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer  Photo: Cleveland duo mr. Gnome brings its musical magic back to Blind Bob’s on Dec. 20; [l to r] Nicole and Sam Meister; photo: mr. Gnome Some people believe there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. The feeling seems to be mutual between […]

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Five become one

Hawthorne Heights plays rare hometown show By Gary Spencer Photo: Dayton’s Hawthorne Heights play hometown show at Rockstar Pro Arena on Dec. 14 Since their humble beginnings as local band A Day in the Life, the band that would become known as Hawthorne Heights in 2001 has seen its trials and tribulations over its decade-plus existence. […]

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A song for Jeremy

Tribute to fallen local musician and friend  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Blind Bob’s hosts a tribute to Jeremy Frederick [shown here with Let’s Crash in the late 1990s] on Saturday, Dec. 7 Billy Shakespeare once said, “All the world is a stage and we all must play a part.” However, I don’t think even Shakespeare […]

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Phrase and fable

Dark Backward CD release at Oregon Express  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Local artpunk quartet Dark Backward release their new album at Oregon Express Nov. 30 Dark Backward know their music and they know Dayton. Made up of guitarists Eric Purtle and Jeff Brelsford, bassist Max Nye and drummer Jim Ingram, the quartet are all scene […]

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Shake the house

Rockstar Pro Arena delivers touring punk and metal to Dayton  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Boston quintet Ramming Speed make their first appearance at Rockstar Pro Arena on Nov. 24 It’s sometimes easy to be dismissive about the lack of national, and even international, touring original music that comes to the Gem City. While the modern […]

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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 […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]