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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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Don’t Call Them Another Girl Band

Jasper the Colossal’s CD Release Event at Canal Street Tavern By Gary Spencer All-girl and otherwise girl-centric rock bands are hardly a new thing. While some of those bands have let their gender define their art, Daytonian all-girl rock/punk quartet Jasper the Colossal shy away from letting their being women playing in what is usually […]

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Cure for the Summertime Blues

DCP Presents Second Annual Summer Sampler by Kyle Melton with Tim Anderl, Gary Spencer and W.C. Ruffnel You know that summer is that perfect season for music: a soundtrack for driving, a narrative for that summer love, or that song that defines your mood for months on end. Our devoted music writers here at the […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]