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Their way and the highway

Detroit’s Koffin Kats bring non-stop psychobilly tour to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer There’s an ages-old saying that suggests there is “no rest for the wicked.” If that adage is indeed true, Detroit punk-gone-psychobilly trio Koffin Kats must truly be evil. Formed nearly a decade ago in the Motor City by upright bass guitarist and […]

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Jingle bell metal

Psychostick brings “Holiday Hate” to Dayton By Gary Spencer The holiday season is upon us, and there are more than a few people out there who absolutely abhor this time of year. Whether it’s the glutted roads leading to and from the mall areas backing up traffic or the annoyance caused by Christmas music blaring […]

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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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Looking through a new lens

Meet the artist: Leah Stahl By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Leah Stahl, “Bootstrap Paradox” 2014, Photogram/Pharmaceutical Chemigram What the hell am I […]

Law & Disorder: Shoot first

Ask questions later By A.J. Wagner Justice belongs to God; men only have the law. Justice is perfect, but the […]

News of the weird

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Frontiers of flight Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when […]

Book sm(Art)

Rare Books impact new art at UD’s ArtStreet By Susan Byrnes Photo: Artist: Misty Thomas-Trout Books have long served as […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon To leech according to her needs My roommate’s girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all […]

News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]