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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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Musick, magick, necromance

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Belphegor burns from Austria to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (left to right) Helmuth Lehner, Serpenth, and Bloodhammer of Belphegor rain down in Dayton Saturday If you’ve studied demonology, then you know that the demon Belphegor is one of the Seven Princes of Hell who specializes in the powers of discovery and invention. However, there’s […]

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In their own write

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Dayton Writers Movement gives voice to Unwritten By Gary Spencer Photo: Jordan Lopez as Chelsea Wu and Luna Madison as Elaine Harper in Unwritten bring scripts to life at Mega Fauna; photo: Grace Poppe Bob Dylan once sang “the times they are a-changin.’” Back in the proverbial day, creative writers disseminated their works via the […]

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Bring the noize

Kazumoto Endo, Japan’s Killer Bug, will play in the U.S. for the first time in 10 years at Amplified Humans Festival
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Inaugural Amplified Humans Festival set to detonate By Gary Spencer Noise music isn’t for everyone, but on the other hand, what is? Mostly devoid of melody, structure, tonality, and discernable rhythm, noise music can be akin to the sound of TV static or refrigerator humming to the untrained ear. But to those who enjoy noise, […]

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The lime and the steel pan

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Queen City Silver Stars coast to Peach’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Caribbean-inspired Queen City Silver Stars vibe at Peach’s July 15; photo: Chuck Loftice There are bands that like to show off or set themselves apart by featuring fancy or unusual instrumentation in their music, oftentimes in an attempt to be flashy but in many […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]