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Who’s your babyface?

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Wrestling and comedy with Rockstar Pro Arena & Rob Van Dam By Gary Spencer Photo: Photos by David Stockwell/DemoBlast Studios   When we think of pro wrestling, what do we usually imagine? Depending on who you’re talking to, it could mean incredible feats of athleticism, “fake” fighting, or possibly a soap opera for men. That […]

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Take 2

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Dayton’s own Ashley Martin celebrates album release at Caddy’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Ashley Martin releases her self-produced new album, Take 2, at Caddy’s Nov. 17; photo: Daes Photography Modern country is more often than not a terrible thing—overproduced music that might as well be top 40 pop with cringe worthy lyrics, vocals as ear pleasing […]

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Searchin’

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Dayton Philharmonic Soul Singer Search heats up By Gary Spencer Photo: Peter Brennan of Jeans ‘n Classics partners with DPO to find Dayton’s next soul singer One thing I’ve always admired about the Gem City is its ability to put the spotlight on homegrown talent, and sometimes in unusual or intriguing ways. That certainly seems to […]

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Faces of fear

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Masters of the dark arts at Clash’s Phobia art show By Gary Spencer Photo: Doll phobia piece by Erica Blackstock The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word “phobia” as “an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something.” Depending on who you are talking to, a person could have phobias or a plethora of […]

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From the depths

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Philadelphia’s Surgeon rises at Cloverdale By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Surgeon’s Josh Mustin, JT Wieme, Lydia Giordano, and Sean Bolton; photo: Jauhien Sasnou Some of the most innovative, engaging, and just plain good music is often found on the fringe of popular music radars. This is especially true when it comes to extreme metal, a genre […]

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Fly me to the Schuster

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Dayton Philharmonic pays tribute to Sinatra and Friends By Gary Spencer Photo: Steve Lippia croons the audience with classics from Sinatra and other timeless voices When it comes to music, especially popular music, tastes and trends wax and wane, and certain types of popular music go in and out of style. But some music retains […]

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Close encounters of the bard kind

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40th annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference at Wright State By Gary Spencer Photo: Actress Carla Bennett in the Gershwin musical Crazy For You at the Stratford Theatre Festival, who also teaches workshops at ‘Encountering Shakespeare’ “To be or not to be?” That is definitely not a question when it comes to the annual Ohio Valley […]

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A (lazy) eye for comedy

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Shaun Latham returns to Dayton with mean, hilarious punch By Gary Spencer Photo: Shaun Latham recruits more Daytonians to #TeamLazyEye at Wiley’s Oct. 14 and 15photo: Heather Ennis, Earth by Ennis Photography Stand-up comedians are a dime a dozen, and most of them don’t do much to stand out or differentiate themselves from the pack. […]

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Return to Roots

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Max and Iggor Cavalera rise again at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Iggor (left) and Max Cavalera resurrect Roots in Dayton Oct. 8 Just about every metalhead in the world knows who brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera are. Guitarist and drummer respectively, the duo formed one of the most popular and influential heavy metal bands […]

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In Nomine Daytonas

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A haunted hootenanny of dark arts and music By Gary Spencer Photo: Lurking Corpses, among others, will wreak their mayhem at In Nomine Daytonas Oct. 8 Dayton, Ohio, seems to be a place where people like to stage inaugural events. Whether it’s Sideshow, Ladyfest, or, more recently, the Amplified Humans Festival, the city loves first-time […]

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Rock royalty

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King’s X rocks the throne By Gary Spencer Photo: Doug Pinnick of King’s X belts out for loyal followers Sept. 29; photo: Jimmy Fuson Music can be therapeutic. For many, music is a conduit for hope, a way to cope with life. One band that many diehard fans believe in, almost like a higher power, is […]

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Killing (it) in the name of

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 31:  (L-R) Musicians Tim Commerford, Chuck D, Brad Wilk, B-Real and Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage perform onstage at Whisky a Go Go on May 31, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tim Commerford; Chuck D; Brad Wilk; B-Real; Tom Morello

Rock/rap super-group Prophets of Rage fight the power By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Tim Commerford, Chuck D, Brad Wilk, B-Real, and Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage; photo: Kevin Winter Rock super-groups are hardly a new thing. Cream was arguably the first back in 1966, and they might have set the precedent, only lasting a […]

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Many moons later

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The Slackers finally return to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: The Slackers tear down the wall between band and audience; photo: Imelda Malczyck Ah, the ’90s… a time many people refer to as the good ol’ days in Dayton, a time when touring bands came to the Gem City by the dozens from across a spectrum […]

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Sonic booms of industry

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Dayton’s Hexadiode electrifies with debut LP By Gary Spencer Photo: (left) Jonas Miseh and Tim Krug of Hexadiode; photos: Tim Krug There’s something oddly appropriate about a musical act coming from the Gem City that makes electro-industrial music. Think about it: the harsh, loud, clanging, buzzing sounds of soulless machines making stamping and stomping sounds […]

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Riding the (third) wave

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The Toasters resurrect ska at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Rich Graiko, Thad Merritt, Robert ‘Bucket’ Hingley, The Basement, and Logan Labarbera; photo: Stacy McReynolds Ska music has a long, rich history. Originating in Jamaica during the 1950s, the musical style fused elements of Caribbean dancehall music and calypso with American R&B and jazz, […]

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All in the family

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Liz de Lise’s many folks at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Liz de Lise (left) and Mark Watter drop the sounds of a full band Sept. 18 at Blind Bob’s Some music can be a bit unclassifiable. But music that leans toward being unclassifiable is often the most intriguing, and the music of Philadelphia guitarist […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]