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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

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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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The 2016 Sizzling Summer Sextape

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Mixed by DCP audible writers   Allyson B. Crawford Guns n’ Roses – “Paradise City” (from Appetite for Destruction)  When Guns n’ Roses released Appetite for Destruction in 1987, the five band members clearly had no idea of the impact they were about to make on modern music, let alone the metal scene. Now, decades […]

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Too tough to die

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Richie Ramone brings back his own blitzkrieg to Bob’s by Gary Spencer Unless you’ve been cryogenically frozen like Han Solo or live under a rock, then you know who the Ramones are—NYC’s godfathers of punk, the band that changed the landscape of rock music when they released their eponymously-titled debut album in 1976 and went […]

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Of kitties and cults

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Join Curse of Cassandra at Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Curse of Cassandra conjures ‘witch-dance grave wave’ at Blind Bob’s June 25; photo courtesy of Curse of Cassandra Cats and cat-lovers are everywhere these days. Most people’s Facebook newsfeeds are flooded with photos of cute kitties, and furry fandom continues to be a growing subculture—obsessions […]

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The village people

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Street Fair celebrates Yellow Springs By Gary Spencer As the adage goes, nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes. But there are perhaps a handful of things that are almost as sure of a thing, and ones that are much more positive than dying and forcefully giving your money to the government. […]

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Everyday Sunshine after all these years

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Cult legends Fishbone at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Some things are meant to last, other things not so much. Then there are things that, on paper, don’t look like they were meant to happen at all, let alone last almost 40 years. The latter scenario is the case for Los Angeles-based combo Fishbone, who have […]

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It isn’t unity without U

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Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus’ Pride weekend performance at the Victoria By Gary Spencer Dayton Pride weekend kicks off this Friday with many events planned for the entire weekend. While everyone knows about the Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday, one annual event during Pride weekend that seems to fly a bit under the radar is […]

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Antenna party

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Dayton’s annual Hamvention takes over Hara Arena By Gary Spencer For those of you out there who think that Dayton’s annual Hamvention at Hara Arena is a gathering of chefs and diners celebrating all things pork, I’m sad to report that this just isn’t the case. Hamvention is a 66-year-old, annual three-day festival for amateur […]

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Boogie Downton

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Bach Society of Dayton presents the Music of Downton Abbey By Gary Spencer Often times classical music performances can be pretty standard fare—you walk into the concert hall or recital space, take your seat, the orchestra or chamber ensemble plays, audiences clap—it doesn’t leave much to the imagination. But this coming Sunday the Bach Society […]

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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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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]