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Their way and the highway

Detroit’s Koffin Kats bring non-stop psychobilly tour to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer There’s an ages-old saying that suggests there is “no rest for the wicked.” If that adage is indeed true, Detroit punk-gone-psychobilly trio Koffin Kats must truly be evil. Formed nearly a decade ago in the Motor City by upright bass guitarist and […]

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Jingle bell metal

Psychostick brings “Holiday Hate” to Dayton By Gary Spencer The holiday season is upon us, and there are more than a few people out there who absolutely abhor this time of year. Whether it’s the glutted roads leading to and from the mall areas backing up traffic or the annoyance caused by Christmas music blaring […]

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The Troopers

Horns up for Heavy Metal and Globalization at University of Dayton By Gary Spencer Over the summer I read an article on The Atlantic’s website about a metal artist known as Janaza, a one woman anti-Islamic black metal project based in Iraq and how project founder Anahita was in hiding over in her native country […]

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Debauchery never dies

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult celebrates 25 years of industrial dance madness By Gary Spencer On paper, My Life with the Thrill Kult should have been a short-lived musical project.  In fact, in the beginning it wasn’t even conceived as a musical group. As the brainchild of Frankie Nardiello (aka Groovie Mann) and […]

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Psychotic past and present

Legendary underground metal band Radiation Sickness back from the dead By Gary Spencer Some bands are meant to stay broken up and left for dead – especially bands who were so underground in the first place that their disappearance may not even have been on many fans’ radars.  But the chosen few of those cult […]

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Let them speak

Austin’s Agent Ribbons make art and music of old into something new By Gary Spencer There are occasions when music and art inspired by the past are melded together to create something different, new and intriguing.  Such is the case with the two-woman duo Agent Ribbons.  Originally hailing from Sacramento, Calif., but now residing in […]

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Carving desert canyons

Carving desert canyons Scale the Summit brings heavy instrumental progression to Dayton By Gary Spencer There are two words in the popular musical lexicon that are bound to divide or unite audiences, and those two words are often “progressive” and “instrumental.”  And if you throw the term “heavy metal” into the mix, things get even […]

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Mouth for war

Detroit’s Tides of War unleashes fury upon Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Metallic hardcore has been making a comeback here in the U.S., and Detroit’s Tides of War are one of the stateside bands making it happen.  While admittedly drawing musical influence from bands as disparate as The Acacia Strain and Weekend Nachos, Tides of […]

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Eco-Friendly and Tech-Savvy

Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival makes its debut By Gary Spencer Music festivals in the United States tend to come and go; very few last and stand the test of time.  But if you’re a betting man, you might want to put your money on promoter Bill Donabedian and his brand new alternative music festival venture, […]

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They Only Come Out at Night

The Dark Unity festival makes its debut in Dayton at Club Aquarius By Gary Spencer Gothic and industrial music culture has been a much maligned and misunderstood one in the history of contemporary music. In more instances than not, goth/industrial culture and lifestyle has been relegated to the fringes or pushed so far underground that […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]