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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Stop By Gary Spencer There seems to be a culturally accepted notion (especially among younger people) that jazz music is obsolete in the modern millennium—that jazz is an antiquated form of music relegated to the tastes of stuffy old people and music scholars.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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The bastards’ siren

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Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom homebound at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Dorothy once sang in “The Wizard of Oz” that “there’s no place like home,” and many former Dayton residents echo that sentiment. One such former Gem City ex-patriot is singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader of Heartless Bastards, Erika Wennerstrom, who will be making their first […]

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Big easy metal

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NOLA’s Goatwhore brings a fury of metal to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Being in a band that is constantly touring and trying to make a living out of its art isn’t easy. New Orleans-based heavy metal quartet Goatwhore, featuring Sammy Duet (guitar, vocals), L. Ben Falgoust II (lead vocals), T.A. (bass) and Zack Simmons (drums), […]

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Let’s go to the movies

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Miamisburg Plaza Theatre now showing! By Gary Spencer From time to time, something old and long forgotten is revisited and cherished—think record collections or vintage finds at antique stores. This also seems to be the case for a historic movie theatre in downtown Miamisburg that, thanks to generous support from the public, has a new […]

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The language of song

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Francesca Blanchard brings her multicultural music to UD By Gary Spencer Inspiration for writing music comes from many places and personal experiences. That inspiration is drawn from far away memories, experiences growing up, places we lived a long time ago and everything in between. For Francesca Blanchard, a singer/songwriter, style, sound, lyrics and inspiration is […]

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Foundation of stone

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Nashville band Frances & the Foundation at Bob’s By Gary Spencer As most any artist from Dayton past or present can attest, being an ambitious, young musician can be challenging and frustrating. The burning desire to make a living out of your craft and get your music out for the world to hear drives many […]

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Lonesome highway grooves

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The Devil Doves’ Dayton debut at Trolley By Gary Spencer Photo: The Devil Doves perform Jan. 15 at The Trolley Stop If you’ve ever made the drive from Dayton to Columbus, you know the scenery well (or lack thereof). Once you get past Springfield, there isn’t much to look at until you get closer to […]

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Murder, she wrote

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Local author JJ Philips sheds light on new novel By Gary Spencer Photo: JJ Philips, author of “Parental Bloodshed”; photo: Chet King of Hexfyre Photography Horror fiction, be it in cinematic or literary form, has been a popular form of entertainment since it first saw the light of day. However, over the years horror has […]

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Coming to you live, from Dayton!

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Gem City touring highlights of 2015 By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Al Yankovic’s appearance at Fraze this summer was one to be remembered Well gang, 2015 is about to come to an end. Time flies when you’re having fun, and judging by staggering amount of good touring acts that came to the Gem City this […]

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Can you ‘Handel’ this?

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ By Gary Spencer Photo: The DPAA presents Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 20; photo: Andy Snow It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Frank Sinatra once sang, and there are so many traditions during this time—decorating trees, hanging stockings, leaving stale cookies and spoiled milk for Santa […]

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Let it snow

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3DMentional’s Snowed In brings legendary DJ Josh Wink to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Josh Wink will perform at Snowd In, Saturday, Dec. 12 at The Venue on Third In case you’ve been living under a rock, it is my duty to inform you the duo of Tony Desaro and Billy Dickensheets, known collectively as […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]