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Poison and Fire

Architects of Doom Find A Niche in the Dayton Metal Scene By Gary Spencer Many people reading this probably don’t know about Dayton-based heavy metal quartet Architects of Doom … yet.  Relative newcomers to the Dayton metal scene, A.O.D. has only been active for roughly a year now and even in that short period of […]

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An Invisible Empire

Monster Magnet Side Project Comes to Rock Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Ahhhh … the ‘90s.  A decade of popular music that holds a dear place in the hearts of many music lovers, partially due to the underground rock revolution led by Nirvana that changed the perceptions of what types of music could be considered […]

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Ain’t it fun

Rocket from the Tombs set to sell soul at Southgate House By Gary Spencer David Thomas answers questions. “I don’t volunteer information,” said Thomas, vocalist and saxophone player for Rocket from the Tombs. I’ve interviewed some tough customers in my time, but Rocket from the Tombs (RFTT) vocalist David Thomas has now been inducted into […]

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The violence beneath

Mouth of the Architect brings teeth, tongue and catharsis to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Often some of the best music being made in Dayton is lurking in the shadows, rarely showing its face around town yet is known in underground music circles both nationally and internationally. This description would certainly be apropos for Dayton […]

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Of skulls and dark visions

Stepping inside Erica Blackstock’s head By Gary Spencer The Halloween season is nearing its apex and visions of blood, monsters, skeletons and all things spooky are nearly everywhere you go. But to Daytonian visual artist Erica Blackstock, the appeal of such imagery and general darkness isn’t merely a once-a-year affair. For years Blackstock has been […]

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Dead man’s party

Canal Street Tavern’s annual Monster Hop refuses to die By Gary Spencer Local musician Jamy Holliday has been busy lately. We had been communicating via email while he was in France touring with the self-proclaimed “International Doomsday Punk Rock Machine” group, Dumbell, about talking to him about the upcoming Monster Hop Halloween show he hosts […]

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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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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]