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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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Violence has arrived

Gwar ready to battle at Bogart’s By Gary Spencer  Photo: Gwar brings their “bloodiest, sickest disaster” to Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Nov. 7 According to legend, a small group of violent, hate-fueled alien beasts known as the Scumdogs of the Universe once terrorized a galaxy far, far away millions of years ago. But the Scumdogs eventually […]

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Kill on command

Jungle Rot brings its Terror Regime to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer   Photo: Death metal outfit Jungle Rot will perform at Blind Bob’s on Oct. 10 Death metal is a subgenre of music that has withstood the tests of time. It seems no matter what trends in metal come and go (black metal, deathcore, etc.), […]

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It’s a Dayton thing

Ninth Annual Dayton Music Fest set to run wild over downtown By Gary Spencer  Photo: Jah Soul brings their soulful vibe to Dayton Music Fest during Midwest Outdoor Experience on Oct. 5; photo: Amanda Barbosa Some traditions in Dayton stay. Others come and go. However, going into its ninth year of existence, it appears that the […]

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Chasing the grail

Fozzy brings Sin and Bones to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Fozzy will appear with British metal legends Saxon at McGuffys on Sept. 19 I’ve noticed that the first thing people say to me when I mention the American heavy metal/hard rock band Fozzy is, “Isn’t that the band with WWE wrestler Chris Jericho?” So, let’s […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]