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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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Still alright

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Cheap Trick at Rose Music Center By Gary Spencer Photo: Cheap Trick will perform with Peter Frampton Aug. 9 at Rose Music Center at the Heights Unless you live under a rock or in a monastery, you know who Cheap Trick is. You know their songs “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” “The Dream […]

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Pump up the give

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Charity rocks Miami Valley Music Fest By Gary Spencer Photo: Singer-songwriter Sharon Lane will perform at this year’s Miami Valley Music Festival, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1 There are rarely definites in life, but when it comes to summers, there are a couple—warm weather and music festivals topping the list. And during the […]

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No words necessary

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Instrumental metalheads Karma to Burn return to RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: All-instrumental metal trio Karma to Burn will perform July 24 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Karma to Burn As much as things change, some things never go out of style. Like a solid, catchy, heavy guitar riff. Or a thundering bass line. Or […]

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Celtic crush

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Annual Dayton Celtic Festival returns By Gary Spencer Photo: Celtic/Klezmer/World music headliners Scythian will perform at the 2015 Dayton Celtic Festival; photo: Dayton Celtic Festival Staff Some events in Dayton become an institution over the years, and the annual United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival has definitely become one of them. In fact, the festival […]

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Dream-prog duo

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Columbus’ The Receiver at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Casey and Jesse Cooper, known as The Receiver, will perform July 11 at Blind Bob’s To paraphrase a line from ’70s TV sitcom “The Partridge Family,” the family that plays together, stays together. And that seems to ring true for Columbus, Ohio, brothers Jesse and […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]