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Psychotic past and present

Legendary underground metal band Radiation Sickness back from the dead By Gary Spencer Some bands are meant to stay broken up and left for dead – especially bands who were so underground in the first place that their disappearance may not even have been on many fans’ radars.  But the chosen few of those cult […]

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Let them speak

Austin’s Agent Ribbons make art and music of old into something new By Gary Spencer There are occasions when music and art inspired by the past are melded together to create something different, new and intriguing.  Such is the case with the two-woman duo Agent Ribbons.  Originally hailing from Sacramento, Calif., but now residing in […]

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Carving desert canyons

Carving desert canyons Scale the Summit brings heavy instrumental progression to Dayton By Gary Spencer There are two words in the popular musical lexicon that are bound to divide or unite audiences, and those two words are often “progressive” and “instrumental.”  And if you throw the term “heavy metal” into the mix, things get even […]

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Mouth for war

Detroit’s Tides of War unleashes fury upon Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Metallic hardcore has been making a comeback here in the U.S., and Detroit’s Tides of War are one of the stateside bands making it happen.  While admittedly drawing musical influence from bands as disparate as The Acacia Strain and Weekend Nachos, Tides of […]

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Eco-Friendly and Tech-Savvy

Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival makes its debut By Gary Spencer Music festivals in the United States tend to come and go; very few last and stand the test of time.  But if you’re a betting man, you might want to put your money on promoter Bill Donabedian and his brand new alternative music festival venture, […]

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They Only Come Out at Night

The Dark Unity festival makes its debut in Dayton at Club Aquarius By Gary Spencer Gothic and industrial music culture has been a much maligned and misunderstood one in the history of contemporary music. In more instances than not, goth/industrial culture and lifestyle has been relegated to the fringes or pushed so far underground that […]

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Don’t Call Them Another Girl Band

Jasper the Colossal’s CD Release Event at Canal Street Tavern By Gary Spencer All-girl and otherwise girl-centric rock bands are hardly a new thing. While some of those bands have let their gender define their art, Daytonian all-girl rock/punk quartet Jasper the Colossal shy away from letting their being women playing in what is usually […]

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Cure for the Summertime Blues

DCP Presents Second Annual Summer Sampler by Kyle Melton with Tim Anderl, Gary Spencer and W.C. Ruffnel You know that summer is that perfect season for music: a soundtrack for driving, a narrative for that summer love, or that song that defines your mood for months on end. Our devoted music writers here at the […]

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Hot Faux Metallica

ONE Rocks McGuffy’s Metallica Style By Gary Spencer There’s an old saying that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  There is perhaps no other scenario where that saying holds true as much as it does when it comes to tribute bands.  Whereas some tribute acts are merely concerned with sounding like the real […]

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Maladies D’esprit

Dementia Precox Back Together to Continue the Musical Legacy of Gyn Cameron By Gary Spencer There are many Dayton artists whose musical contributions and legacies are well known and acknowledged all over the world such as Zapp’s Roger Troutman and Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard.  But for every one of those well known and respected […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]