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Damn the man!

Celebrate Record Store Day 2014 By Kyle Melton You walk into your local record store. You’re browsing through the racks of vinyl, listening to the music playing over the speakers. It’s an album you’ve never heard before, so you ask the guy or girl behind the counter, “Who is this?” Next thing you know, you’re […]

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Sing it out

VOICES exhibition at UD ArtStreet By Kyle Melton Photo: The VOICES exhibition is on display through April 25 at UD ArtStreet Studio D Gallery It’s difficult to imagine a time when rock n’ roll, jazz, disco, hip-hop and blues were not welcome in the American cultural mainstream. It’s true – all of these musical forms emerged […]

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Modern classicism

MusicNOW festival goes orchestral at Cincinnati Music Hall By Kyle Melton Photo: Eighth Blackbird will perform Saturday, March 22 as part of MusicNOW 2014; photo: Luke Ratray In 2006, Bryce Dessner – of critically acclaimed indie outfit The National – perceived a disconnect in modern music. In his view, there were some incredible musical advances being […]

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Oregon District staple offers taste of the exotic

Why Thai 9 is a perennial favorite By Avery King Photo: Panaeng curry with tofu and green beans at Thai 9 in the Oregon District A staple of downtown dining since 2003, Thai 9’s unassuming exterior at 11 Brown St. anchors the Oregon District’s east end. The restaurant’s simple façade hides an elegant and spacious dining […]

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Sleeping on the job

Columbus’ Sleep Fleet record release at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Guitarist Corey Montgomery and Sleep Fleet celebrate the release of Hudson & High at Blind Bob’s on Feb. 1; photo: Megan Leigh Barnard Sleep Fleet’s upbeat brand of punk-tinged, crooning indie rock n’ roll tunes have developed among lineup changes and relocation. From their […]

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From feast to famine

Dayton’s brewing legacy  By Kyle Melton   Photo: The Riverside Brewing Company along the western bank of the Great Miami River before it was razed after the Great Flood of 1913; photo courtesy Dayton History Beer is, arguably, the foundation upon which civilization is built. From the ancient Sumerian and Egyptian cultures of the 7th century […]

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Meeting people is easy

A beginner’s guide to the Dayton music scene By: Kyle Melton & Gary Spencer   Photo: Local favorites Nightbeast throw down on their home turf at Blind Bob’s; photo: Jacob Bonham Media; cover photo: Buffalo Killers at Canal Street Tavern by Jordan Frei If you’re looking to find out about one of Dayton’s great hidden treasures, look […]

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The Faces of Dayton

Photos by: Bill Franz and Andrew Thompson Take a walk around downtown Dayton. History seems to be everywhere, but so too does the air of possible futures. Without a doubt, Dayton is running headlong into a new era where its storied past meets waves of new ideas emerging around every corner. The character of the […]

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It’s hip to be square

Dayton’s square cut pizza culture  By Kyle Melton Photo: Marion’s Piazza square cut pizza “It was in the 1950s when I ate my first pizza in Dayton, Ohio, and that pizza was cut in small, square pieces. It was in the early 1960s when I ate a pizza out of the Dayton area that was […]

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Around the Fringe with Rev. Cool

Celebrating 30 Years with WYSO By Kyle Melton Cultural change doesn’t happen overnight. In many cases, individuals work quietly, slowly altering the fabric of their communities without notoriety. While often a thankless task, their efforts over extended periods of time result in significant progress toward a more enlightened population. In the case of Jim Carter, […]

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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 […]