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Swan song

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Escher String Quartet returns to close the 2016 Vanguard Concerts season By Gary Spencer Music and performing arts organizations are a hard thing to sustain. Often times they are based out of nonprofit endeavors and have to rely on donations from the public. People in the public can be fickle as tastes change, trends come […]

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The root of all metal

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Death metal role model Suffocation shreds Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Some musical movements and eras have so much impact and lasting influence that they are timeless. This argument can be made for the first wave of heavy metal subgenre of death metal. While what many historians and fans consider to be the very first death […]

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Brought to you by the letter ‘B’!

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Bach, Beethoven and Brahms By Gary Spencer A classic piece of music is one that stands the test of time and endures for generations to come. In the case of classical icons such as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, their works continue to be wildly popular centuries after those composers’ deaths […]

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From Springfield with love

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Springfield Symphony performs Russian Passion at Kuss By Gary Spencer Russian classical music, particularly that from the 19th century, has over time become some of the most heralded eras of classical. Although Russian classical music has roots dating back to the 1600s, it was during the 1800s that Russia became a hotbed for some of […]

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Let it move you

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Things get innovative at Oxford Kinetics Festival By Gary Spencer Oxford Dictionary defines the word “kinetics” as “the branch of chemistry or biochemistry concerned with measuring and studying the rates of reactions.” Referencing this definition is more than appropriate in this instance, as this coming Sunday a different Oxford—Oxford, Ohio, to be exact—will be hosting […]

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Casting a spell

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Voodoo Glow Skulls bring ska-punk to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer The first time Californian ska-punk band Voodoo Glow Skulls came to play in Dayton was 1992. The location was Brookwood Hall, a popular spot to be rented out for DIY punk and metal shows in town. It was an all day, outdoor music festival. As […]

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The girls are back in town

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Vanguard Concerts’ DAI series proudly welcomes back Claremont Trio By Gary Spencer If I have ever noticed any trends in Dayton, one that stands out in my mind is that if you’re a musical group that plays here and you’re a big hit with the audience, you keep coming back. That certainly seems to be […]

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Modern millennium jazz brew

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Dirk Quinn Band grooves Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer There seems to be a culturally accepted notion (especially among younger people) that jazz music is obsolete in the modern millennium—that jazz is an antiquated form of music relegated to the tastes of stuffy old people and music scholars. However, there is a wave of young […]

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So scary it’s scary

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Razakel brings horrorcore rap to Dayton By Gary Spencer It’s a shame that female musicians still struggle to be taken seriously, regardless of their chosen musical genre. And it’s well known that women have struggled historically to be taken seriously particularly in rap music. But the most dedicated of these ladies fight through, oftentimes twice […]

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’Tis the Cézanne

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DAI’s Fractured Forms exhibition examines timeless influence on modern painting By Gary Spencer The Fixx once sang in their one-hit wonder from the 1980s “one thing leads to another,” and that is certainly the case in the history of visual art. Although one artist or movement may not have seemed like the logical successor to […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]