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Looking back, moving forward

The Ladybirds bring good ole rock ‘n’ roll to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer When people talk about rock music nowadays, it’s rarely described as rock ‘n’ roll. You hear “rock,” “hard rock,” “indie rock,” “folk rock,” “punk rock,” “psych rock,” “garage rock” and other labels thrown around, but almost never do you hear […]

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East meets Dayton

Kokeshi Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with By Gary Spencer The Western world (the U.S. in particular) has almost always had a fascination with Eastern culture (Asian culture in particular). Asian influence can often be found in numerous aspects of American life and culture, including visual arts, music, film, cartoons and toys. Dayton artist Craig […]

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Art for community and cause

Troy’s Country Workshop Artists celebrate 40 years of creativity with biennial art sale By Gary Spencer The sheer volume of visual arts being produced in the Miami Valley might surprise outsiders, and these works are not just being exhibited and sold in downtown Dayton. In fact, one of the longest running art organizations in the […]

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He said, she said

Robthebank: Reunited and it feels so good By Gary Spencer “This is not a reunion, we are back together,” proclaimed songwriter and guitarist Nate Farley. He wants to make it clear that Robthebank, one of his many prolific bands of the 1990s is back and indeed here to stay with a show at Blind Bob’s […]

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Spin it: All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, 9/20/11

The Body All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood [At a Loss Records] This slab o’ wax is a vinyl-only reissue of The Body’s magnum opus All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, which was originally released in 2010. I must say, the hype the album received is justified as All […]

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Front Row: In Solitude

McGuffy’s House of Rock September 20 It’s not often that a band from overseas comes to play Dayton, but that rule will be broken a week from today when Sweden’s In Solitude take the stage at McGuffy’s before a crowd of unsuspecting Daytonians. In Solitude could be considered part of what some critics are calling […]

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Dayton’s Ladyfest

The ladies don’t skirt around at this music festival By Gary Spencer I bet there are quite a few of you out there reading this and wondering, “What exactly is Ladyfest?” Ladyfest is a pancontinental, not-for-profit, music and arts festival that celebrates and showcases local female musicians, visual artists, fashion designers, performance artists and authors […]

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Let me see you smile

Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson comes to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer It’s no secret that America’s rich musical traditions continue serve as fertile material from which countless artists continue to draw. For Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson, most of his life has been spent mining American music and drawing inspiration for his own music. For fans of […]

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Ghoul’s night out

Aaron Omen and the Hollywood Vampires bring their horror business to Dayton By Gary Spencer In the world of horror rock, every day is Halloween. The music itself centers on songs about monsters, vampires, Martians, zombies, murder, death and other horror film inspired fare that are paired with dark yet upbeat fist-pumping Ramones-influenced buzzsaw rock […]

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The milkman rings twice

Dead Milkmen songwriter Joe Jack Talcum comes to town By Gary Spencer I wasn’t a popular kid in school. Being a disaffected teenage youth growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I gravitated to punk rock and any related music that came off like a soundtrack for outsiders. The Dead Milkmen were such […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]