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Cheap Trick at Rose Music Center By Gary Spencer Photo: Cheap Trick will perform with Peter Frampton Aug. 9 at Rose Music Center at the Heights Unless you live under a rock or in a monastery, you know who Cheap Trick is. You know their songs “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” “The Dream […]

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Pump up the give

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Charity rocks Miami Valley Music Fest By Gary Spencer Photo: Singer-songwriter Sharon Lane will perform at this year’s Miami Valley Music Festival, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1 There are rarely definites in life, but when it comes to summers, there are a couple—warm weather and music festivals topping the list. And during the […]

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No words necessary

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Instrumental metalheads Karma to Burn return to RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: All-instrumental metal trio Karma to Burn will perform July 24 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Karma to Burn As much as things change, some things never go out of style. Like a solid, catchy, heavy guitar riff. Or a thundering bass line. Or […]

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Celtic crush

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Annual Dayton Celtic Festival returns By Gary Spencer Photo: Celtic/Klezmer/World music headliners Scythian will perform at the 2015 Dayton Celtic Festival; photo: Dayton Celtic Festival Staff Some events in Dayton become an institution over the years, and the annual United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival has definitely become one of them. In fact, the festival […]

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Dream-prog duo

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Columbus’ The Receiver at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Casey and Jesse Cooper, known as The Receiver, will perform July 11 at Blind Bob’s To paraphrase a line from ’70s TV sitcom “The Partridge Family,” the family that plays together, stays together. And that seems to ring true for Columbus, Ohio, brothers Jesse and […]

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Sucking to inspire

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Thirty years later, Green Jellÿ still suxx By Gary Spencer Photo: Green Jellÿ has developed a cult following for its outrageous live performances; photo: Melina Dellamarggio Most musicians don’t set out to suck. But most musicians aren’t Bill Manspeaker, founding member of comedy rock band Green Jellÿ (pronounced “Jello”; the band was originally named Green […]

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From the ashes

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The Agonist returns with new singer, new album, new tour By Gary Spencer Photo: The Agonist will perform on May 8 at Oddbody’s The parting of a popular lead singer can be a devastating blow to an established band – to the point where some bands never truly recover, and their popularity and creative output dies […]

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For the Record

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Singles, shows and specials on Record Store Day By Gary Spencer Photo: Local dance/pop rock group Grenades?! will perform live at Omega Music on Record Store Day, April 18 Releases to look for Record stores – especially independently owned and operated ones – have become increasingly rare within the past decade. Dayton alone lost one locally […]

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Back to the garage

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Old school promoter brings The Woggles to Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Garage rockers The Woggles will perform at Blind Bob’s on April 23 The Dayton music scene has evolved a lot over the years, both for better and worse. One thing many longtime Dayton concertgoers bemoan is the lack of national touring acts stopping […]

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Watch yer booty!

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Pirates invade Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret IV By Gary Spencer Photo: Drunk & Sailor will perform sea shanties and Irish drinking songs; photo: Erin Cook The melding of subcultures in contemporary society is hardly a new thing. Some subcultures that may seem incongruous often find themselves as willing bedfellows in the right environment, and that […]

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Release and resolve

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Byzantine return to RockStar with new album, tour By Gary Spencer Photo: Byzantine will perform March 21 at RockStar Pro Arena The evolution of a band’s career can be a strange thing in modern times. Historically, most bands operate independently in the early stages of their careers – self-promoting and self-releasing their own records, booking […]

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Denying classification

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All That Remains remains true By Gary Spencer Photo: All That Remains will perform March 20 at Oddbody’s Music Room; photo: Justin Borucki Almost every genre of modern music suffers from a bit of elitism. Whether it’s indie rock, hip-hop or heavy metal, there’s always someone trying to talk down an artist or subgenre. Often, […]

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A snowball’s chance…

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Full of Hell Set to Mutilate Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Full of Hell will perform March 12 at RockStar Pro Arena Sometimes, life can be downright mean. Full of Hell founding member and guitarist Spencer Hazard is one musician who uses that darkness to create something else: music. In a recent interview, […]

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Vienna calling

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Bach Society of Dayton presents an evening of Mozart By Gary Spencer Photo: The Bach Society of Dayton performs with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; photo: Laurana Wong German-born composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is without question one of the most enduring composers of the classical era, both in terms of his enormous body of music […]

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Another day in paradise

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Smug Brothers celebrate release of new album at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Smug Brothers, Woodpecker Paradise; Gas Daddy Go! Records; cover image: rawers Lo-fi indie rock might seem like an outdated concept relegated to the 1990s heyday when bands such as Pavement, Beat Happening and Sebadoh were taking their home recorded four-track antics […]

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Under the spell

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Yellow Springs Theater Company stages “Godspell” By Gary Spencer Photo: Director Robert Campbell [standing, forefront] rehearses with Yellow Springs Theater Company Godspell castmembers Faith can be a touchy subject. In the soul-hardened world of the 2000s, trying to connect with a faith or religion may seem like a daunting task. Being bombarded on a daily […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]