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Roads to pretty metal

Deafheaven brings critically-acclaimed wall of sound to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: Deafheaven performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 19 If you spent any time scouring the year end Best of 2013 lists of both critics and fans, you’ve probably heard of the band Deafheaven. Their sophomore full-length record, Sunbather, was an instant […]

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From Russia with love

Miami Valley Symphony’s Russian Masters By Gary Spencer Photo: The Miami Valley Sympony Orchestra presents its Russian Masters concert Feb. 16-17 Russia is a country rich in cultural history. From architecture to literature to this year’s Olympic games, Russian culture continues to make a resounding impact all around the world. The same goes for the great […]

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The science of noise

Death metal legends Dark Tranquillity ready to reign in Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Dark Tranquility will perform on Feb. 11 at Skully’s Music Diner in Columbus; photo: Daniel Falk Some bands are content to rest on their past glories and achievements. For Swedish metal-ers Dark Tranquillity, resting on their name and reputation alone just ain’t how […]

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Fear, love, beauty and pain

Black Angels bring psychedelic religion to Southgate House Revival By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Angels perform at Southgate House Revival on Feb. 7; photo: Alexandra ValentiOne trend I’ve noticed in the past few years is the resurgence of interest in music rooted in ’60s psychedelic rock. The annual Austin Psych Fest keeps getting larger each year, […]

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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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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]