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Heedfest: A love story

The ins and outs of the super-secret Robert Pollard fan event by Gary Spencer I’m home working on Thursday, July 7. Around 10:30 p.m. my phone rings. On the other line is my buddy Christopher Warner (aka the Warnz). I can tell he’s slammed a bit much to drink, but I remain patient as he […]

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Front Row: Astro Fang

Astro Fang Live at South Park Tavern, 5/6/2011 “Holy hipster hell, Batman!” I thought to myself when entering South Park Tavern on this particular Friday night. The place was bombarded with 20-somethings in skinny jeans, ironic facial hair and tattoos galore – I felt a little out of place (and old) to be honest. (And […]

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Front Row, 6/21/11

Rad Company record release party For those not in the know, Rad Company is a Dayton band that’s been together off and on over the last few years, but these days the group is perhaps stronger than ever. While Rad Company boasts a hilariously clever band name, the band itself is no joke. The local […]

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Amor or Armor?

A look at Dirty Socialites’ latest LP By Gary Spencer Before even dropping the needle on this record, Dayton’s Dirty Socialites are already winning points with me. First, they have a cool name (don’t ever underestimate the power of having a good band name). And second, the fact that a non-national (yet) local group has […]

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Spin it: Blood Ceremony, 6/14/11

Blood Ceremony Living with the Ancients (Rise Above/Metal Blade) Toronto-based quartet Blood Ceremony’s second album, Living with the Ancients, is chock full of bluesy, heavy, distorted 1960s-styled stoner rock featuring the reverb-heavy vocals of witchy chanteuse Alia O’Brien.  When the frontwoman isn’t singing, she’s either grinding the keys of a Hammond organ or playing the […]

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Front Row: Joey Belladonna at McGuffy’s House of Rock

Joey Belladonna at McGuffy’s House of Rock For those of you who may not recognize the name, Joey Belladonna is the lead singer of legendary Grammy-nominated thrash metal group Anthrax, who has been enjoying a recent wave of relevancy due to the overwhelming success of “The Big Four” concerts that Anthrax has been sharing the […]

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Front row: Mitch Mitchell’s Terrifying Experience

Wednesday 4/20 Omega Music The Terrifying Experience is the brainchild of Guided by Voices guitarist Mitch Mitchell, following the breakup of the “classic” GBV lineup in the mid-1990s. The band’s status as an ongoing musical entity has changed almost as many times as the band members have since their first appearance on record in 1996. […]

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Front Row: Record Store Day

Omega Music, 4/16/2011 By Gary Spencer The first-ever national Record Store Day celebration at the new Omega Music location in the Oregon District proved to be a huge event for participating bands, customers and the store itself. People from as far away as North Carolina populated the day’s festivities, most of whom left the store […]

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Bluegrass is greener on the Ohio side

Newfound Road brings high-energy live show to Dayton By Gary Spencer There are probably many readers and music listeners who are unaware of the ongoing (and surging) popularity of bluegrass and acoustic/roots music in the U.S.  One such band that is thriving below the radar of mainstream music is NewFound Road, a Franklin, Ohio-based group […]

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Lab Partners, Dead Rider, C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks

4/1/2011 Canal Street Tavern By Gary Spencer Another Friday night, another rock show at the long-time Dayton performance staple, Canal Street Tavern. Kicking off the night’s festivities was C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks, a Dayton band that plays fast-paced, instrumental rock ‘n’ roll with a boogie-woogie swing. And what makes this band swing is the tight-as-Botoxed-skin […]

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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 […]