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Handmade from the heart

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Annual Handmade Holiday at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: Handmade drink coasters made by A-Round Dayton, one of many unique items available at Handmade Holiday, Dec. 4-5 at the Old Yellow Cab Building; photo: Erin Vasconcelos The holiday gift-giving season is upon us once again, and us would-be Santas face choices when it comes […]

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Rock from the heart of it all

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Motel Beds, mr. Gnome at Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Nicole Barille and Sam Meister of mr. Gnome, who will play Nov. 28 at Blind Bob’s It’s not often that one looks at a rock show in Dayton and its lineup, and then considers it a can’t-miss affair—a “megashow,” if you will. However, that’s exactly […]

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Face it

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UD’s ArtStreet exhibition makes fear less scary By Gary Spencer Photo: Krista Franklin, FEAR collage Fear is a strong emotion, to be sure. It causes most humans to take drastic actions to avoid that thing that they fear, or to avoid that emotion to begin with. The University of Dayton’s ArtStreet has decided to take […]

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Dirty deeds

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NYC’s Dirty Dishes to dish it out at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Dirty Dishes will perform on Nov. 17 at Blind Bob’s Sometimes bands form in the strangest ways. Such is the case for Dirty Dishes, a New York City based, Boston formed duo comprised of Alex Molini (synth and bass) and Jenny […]

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Eat your smiles

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Japanese Action Comic Punk Band Peelander-Z lands again By Gary Spencer Photo: Peelander-Z will appear at RockStar Pro Arena on Nov. 9; photo: Brian Byers As a music journalist, I find most artists to be relatively straightforward when discussing their music. However, the New York-based, self-proclaimed “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band Peelander-Z has is a […]

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Dark arts

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Night of the Creeps Art Show: simply eerie-sistable By Gary Spencer Photo: Night of the Creeps Art Show will feature Halloween and horror-themed art and more, Oct. 30 at Club Vex; photo: Mary Kathryn Burnside It’s that time of year when people seem to embrace all that is ghastly, ghoulish and creepy, and a group […]

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Around the world in 183 seats

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Legendary metal guitarist presents Planetary Coalition at UD By Gary Spencer Photo: Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick deviated from thrash metal to explore world music; photo: Tom Couture Photography Many musicians become famous for playing in a musical era or genre and pretty much stick to what brought them to the dance. Then, there are other […]

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Things that go boom in the night

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Yiiiikes! 3 drops Halloween on Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Yiiiikes! 3 takes place this Saturday, Oct. 24 at The Venue on 3rd in downtown Dayton; photo: William Dickensheets There’s an old saying that anything worth doing is worth doing twice. Well, in the case of the now annual Yiiiikes! EDM event that takes place […]

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Welcome to the underground

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First-ever Ohio Anti-Music Fest at Canal By Gary Spencer Photo: Ohio’s Hemdale will perform at the Ohio Anti-Music Fest on Oct. 17 at Canal Public House; photo: Pedro Sales Although Dayton has always had an underground scene for extreme forms of music, it has rarely been featured on a grand scale on a public stage—historically, […]

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What happens in Dayton …

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Masquerage 2015 goes Vegas for AIDS research By Gary Spencer Photo: Masquerage 2015 takes place Oct. 17 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds; photo: Scott Robbins Public Enemy once rapped that the people should party for their right to fight. The organizers of the annual Masquerage event seem to be embrace this spirit as well, as […]

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What you didn’t know you were looking for

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MidPoint Music Festival is back in Cincy By Gary Spencer Photo: Folk legend Sam Beam, known as Iron & Wine, will perform Sunday, Sept. 27 in Washington Park at MidPoint Music Festival in Cincinnati A lot of music fans tend to think that nothing “big” ever happens in Ohio these days—especially in Southwest Ohio, and […]

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WTF is ‘Hobocore’?

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The Goddamn Gallows return to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: The Goddamn Gallows will perform Sept. 24 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Michael Sinapi Bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and Americana music might seem like odd bedfellows for a band with a punk, metal and hardcore background. But this fusion of seemingly disparate styles has earned a band […]

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Poisoning the well

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Lord Dying brings the sludge to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Lord Dying will perform on Sept. 5 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Danger Ehren Photography Sludge. What does the word bring to mind? Thick, nasty motor oil perhaps? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sludge as “thick, soft, wet mud: a soft, thick material that is […]

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GOING…GOING…

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Dayton’s celebrity auctioneer Doug Sorrell gives DCP an earful By Gary Spencer Photo: Auctioneer Doug Sorrell conducts a 2015 Juvenile Diabetes Research event at the Schuster Center; photo: Flash Photography Ask an average person on the street what an auctioneer is or does and the most common reply probably goes something like, “Oh, they’re guys […]

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Of femmes and fire

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Your Chance to Die devastates RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: Your Chance to Die will performon Aug. 28 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Joann Gullo Extreme metal bands with female vocalists have become trendy in recent years, and given the success and popularity of bands such as Arch Enemy, The Agonist and Myrkur, this growing […]

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Let’s go to the hop

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Doors open for annual Art House-Hop By Gary Spencer Photo: Sivilla-Saez, Notre Dame, Paris – just one of the many pieces of art including paintings sculpture and furniture on view during the Yellow Springs Art House-Hop Most of us have been to at least one art exhibition at some point in our lives. And even […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]