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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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Meeting people is easy

A beginner’s guide to the Dayton music scene By: Kyle Melton & Gary Spencer   Photo: Local favorites Nightbeast throw down on their home turf at Blind Bob’s; photo: Jacob Bonham Media; cover photo: Buffalo Killers at Canal Street Tavern by Jordan Frei If you’re looking to find out about one of Dayton’s great hidden treasures, look […]

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A family affair

Good English has all their sisters indeed By: Gary Spencer   Photo: Good English will celebrate the release of Radio Wires at Blind Bob’s on Aug. 24; [l to r]sisters Celia, Elizabeth and Leslie Rasmussen; photo: © 2013 by Brian Glass/Concert-Captures.com [cover photo of Good English: © 2013 by Brian Glass/Concert-Captures.com] Music making as a bloodsport in Dayton is […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

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 […]