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Going solo

Dayton metal veteran King Stench unveils new album By Gary Spencer Photo: King Stench brings new album Ungod to Hank’s Pub on July 13 Lots of bands have circulated in the Dayton underground over the years, but very few of those bands and musicians stand the test of time across a single decade, let alone multiples. […]

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About a Mover

Hospital Garden celebrates release of third album By Gary Spencer Photo: Chicago trio Hospital Garden bring their new album Moverto Blind Bob’s on May 26; [l to r] Erik Rasmussen, Sarah Carey and Lucas Hollow  There seems to be a slogan going around the Gem City for probably decades now. It’s something to the effect of “people […]

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Hear our Satan prayer

Mysterious Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. invades Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Swedish metal outfit Ghost B.C. will perform on May 19 at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus; photo credit: Ester Segarra Subversion and influence of the masses via popular music is hardly a new thing, whether by design or just uninformed opinions […]

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Best of both worlds

Sideshow 8 ready to showcase the heart of Dayton visual art By Gary Spencer photo: Preparing for Sideshow 6; Photo credit: Emmanuel Cavallaro For better or worse, Dayton institutions tend to come and go. Every once in a while, though, a new institution emerges and manages to defy the odds and become a yearly fixture in […]

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Not just a ‘side’ show

Live local music and performance art at Sideshow 8 By Gary Spencer photo: Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite perform at Sideshow 8 on May 10; photo credit: Jennifer Clarke While there is little doubt that local visual art is the backbone of the yearly Sideshow event presented by the Dayton Circus Creative Collective coinciding with Urban […]

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To Cincinnati, with love

MusicNOW Festival thinks forward By Gary Spencer Photo: Composer Steve Reich performs at the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati; photo credit Jeffrey Herman Local musicians moving out of the state of Ohio and going on to success and fame in a bigger city isn’t a new story in the slightest. It’s also not totally out of character […]

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Home team

I Died Trying and Close the Hatch split record release at McGuffy’s By Gary Spencer Photo: I Died Trying [above] and Close the Hatch celebrate their split release at McGuffy’s on April 6 Being a local, independent, grassroots underground musical act can be a pricy endeavor. While most homegrown artists clawing their way to national recognition […]

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Honey, I cooked the kids!

Fetus Omelet brings gore (not core) to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Fetus Omelet will perform at Blind Bob’s on March 17; [l to r] Doomore Rapiste and Xerxes Grimm Dayton grindcore outfit Fetus Omelet is not for the faint of heart or for anyone offended by four letter words. Cloaked in bloody butcher smocks […]

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One

Rockstar Pro Arena celebrates its first year of independent wrestling By Gary Spencer Photo: Ron Mathis versus Benjamin Kimera at Rockstar Pro Arena; photo credit: Shane Bucher We all have dreams as kids as to what we want to be when we grow up. Some want to be doctors, some want to be firefighters, some want […]

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Kings of yeah

Dayton expatriates still rockin’ in new band Connections By Gary Spencer photo: Columbus quintet Connections play Canal Street Tavern Feb. 8; photo credit: Rachael Barbash Does anyone in our readership remember the rock n’ roll machine from just north of Dayton called 84 Nash? They didn’t play out a lot before members relocated themselves and the […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]