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Fight for the history books

KnockOut Dayton showcases local volunteer boxers for good cause By Gary Spencer Photo: Dayton History presents the KnockOut Dayton boxing exhibition on March 1 at Memorial Hall; photo: Tom Greene Photography Elton John once sang “Saturday night’s alright for fightin,’” and this Saturday is going to be more than an alright time if amateur boxing is […]

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Have amps, will travel

Ampline plugs in at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: [l to r] Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery; photo: Keith Klenowski The art of the power trio seems to have fallen by the wayside in rock music in the 21st century. There is a special kind of magic that presents itself when just one […]

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Roads to pretty metal

Deafheaven brings critically-acclaimed wall of sound to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: Deafheaven performs at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Feb. 19 If you spent any time scouring the year end Best of 2013 lists of both critics and fans, you’ve probably heard of the band Deafheaven. Their sophomore full-length record, Sunbather, was an instant […]

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From Russia with love

Miami Valley Symphony’s Russian Masters By Gary Spencer Photo: The Miami Valley Sympony Orchestra presents its Russian Masters concert Feb. 16-17 Russia is a country rich in cultural history. From architecture to literature to this year’s Olympic games, Russian culture continues to make a resounding impact all around the world. The same goes for the great […]

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The science of noise

Death metal legends Dark Tranquillity ready to reign in Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Dark Tranquility will perform on Feb. 11 at Skully’s Music Diner in Columbus; photo: Daniel Falk Some bands are content to rest on their past glories and achievements. For Swedish metal-ers Dark Tranquillity, resting on their name and reputation alone just ain’t how […]

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Fear, love, beauty and pain

Black Angels bring psychedelic religion to Southgate House Revival By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Angels perform at Southgate House Revival on Feb. 7; photo: Alexandra ValentiOne trend I’ve noticed in the past few years is the resurgence of interest in music rooted in ’60s psychedelic rock. The annual Austin Psych Fest keeps getting larger each year, […]

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Tough enough

Historic Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: The Original Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena Jan. 24-25; photo: courtesy Steve Coppler Some pastimes have no shelf life. In fact, fighting is something humans have been doing since the beginning of time. In ancient Greek and Roman cultures, stadiums would be filled with […]

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That what is naught

Stolen Babies merge heavy rock with heavy theater By Gary Spencer Photo: Cabaret/metal trio Stolen Babies will perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Jan. 26; photo: courtesy of Stolen Babies In the world of the performing arts, the mixing of heavy, guitar-based music and the artiness of theater seem to rarely cross paths. Sure, there are […]

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These are the days

Motel Beds celebrate LP release at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: The Motel Beds will celebrate their album release at the “Old” Yellow Cab Building on Jan. 18; photo: Bill Franz There are a lot of good – if not great – bands making remarkable music. However, what sets a good band apart from the […]

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Bringing it back home

Ohio native Dean Ambrose at ‘Monday Night Raw’  By: Gary Spencer   Photo: WWE United States Champion and Dayton native Dean Ambrose bring “WWE Monday Night Raw” to Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Jan. 20 Most everyone loves a success story about a local boy done good on a national stage. Dean Ambrose’s story is […]

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The Docket: 08/04

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee I said, ‘excuse me’ A man called in on […]

Art, it’s ALIVE!

A studio visit with Megan Smallwood By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Megan Smallwood, Griffin   My first and only physical encounter with […]

Sparks fly

Snapshot of community illuminated at DVAC open members’ show By Susan Byrnes Photo:Zach Steele, Wympee; photo: Patrick Mauk Everyone is […]

Chew on this: 08/04

Condiment conundrum By Jayne Powers   When buying food, we should focus on picking nutrient-rich foods that are low in […]

Advice Goddess: 08/04

By Amy Alkon   Requiem For A Scream I’m a 28-year-old woman in a relationship with a really great guy. […]

Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]