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Beyond the forest

Cincinnati’s Valdrin brings black metal tales to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Valdrin will perform on June 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Mike Gfreorer Amid the blastbeats, crushing guitar chords and the grunts and growls one usually associates with the subgenres making up modern “extreme” metal, there is often more than meets the bleeding ear. […]

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Catching the light

Scotland’s Chvrches bring synthpop tides to Columbus By Gary Spencer Photo: Chvrches will perform on June 10 at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus; photo: Elliot Hazel Although I’m primarily a fan of heavy, guitar based music, I must admit I have a soft spot for really well done, catchy synthpop – synthpop that’s primarily of 1980s […]

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How sweet it is …

Troy Strawberry Festival still going strong By Gary Spencer Photo: Last year, an estimated 100,000 people attended the Troy Strawberry Festival; photo: Tall James Photography After 30-some years of the Troy Strawberry Festival, one thing is for certain – the Miami Valley definitely loves strawberries. Ever since 1977, the city of Troy has shared its […]

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Monkeying around

The Monkees come to Cincinnati By Gary Spencer Photo: The Monkees will perform on June 6 at PNC Pavilion; photo: Larry Marano/Getty ImagesHere they come again. For the third time in as many years, TV’s first rock ‘n’ roll band, The Monkees, are taking their act back on tour – just in time for the warm […]

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Dead in person

Lucha-rockers Team Void live album release at Canal Public House By Gary Spencer Photo: Team Void performs on May 24 at Canal Public House; photo: Richard Brown Some Dayton rock ‘n’ roll fans think Team Void is a five-piece band whose musicians live and breathe here in the Gem City, just like everybody else. However, you […]

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The great rock ‘n’ roll festival

Columbus’ Rock on the Range is worth the trip By Gary Spencer Photo: Black Label Society will perform at this year’s Rock on the Range; photo: Justin Reich Some 60 years after the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music, there seems to be more musical categories and subgenres than there are strains of the common cold. In […]

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Sounds from the riverfront

Summer concerts in ’Burg are set to get hot By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Science will perform on May 16 at Riverfront Park; photo: Robert Leifheit There’s something to be said about the charm of taking in live music somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and even more can be said about […]

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Seasons in exile

Lysura bring black metal rituals back home By Gary Spencer Photo: Lysura perform Friday, May 2 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Luke Ryan; Dread Pirate Photography For many musicians who grew up in the Gem City or honed their skills here in Dayton, eventually the time comes when a new environment becomes necessary. This can take the […]

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A shade greener

Garden Station’s second annual EarthFest By Gary Spencer Photo: The Guinness World Record-setting Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place at 11 a.m. at Garden Station, and around the world With the modern world caught up in technology and human beings rarely interacting face-to-face, it can sometimes be a good thing for us to all be […]

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Only human

VNV Nation goes Transnational with new album and tour By Gary Spencer Photo: Ronan Harris [above] and Mark Jackson, also known as VNV Nation, perform at the Taft Theatre on April 29; photo: Franz Schepers Over the years, industrial music, electronic dance music and electronic music have been stereotyped as impersonal, devoid of soul and emotion. In […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]