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Bound and brutal

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DevilDriver headlines Bound By The Road tour at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: DevilDriver’s (l-r) Diego Ibarra, Mike Spreitzer, Dez Fafara, Austin D’Amond, Neal Tiemann  photo: Ben Hoffman   It’s been a few years since a Coal Chamber reunion temporarily sidelined Dez Fafara’s side project DevilDriver, but now the California groove-metal rockers are coming back strong. […]

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Mistaken Karma

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Evil Eye Gypsy releases 3rd album at Oregon Express By Matt Clevenger Photo: Evil Eye Gypsy’s Sheree Jane sings the psychedelic alternative-rock blues; photos: Wesley Holt With influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath to The Cowboy Junkies, Ween, and the Flaming Lips, Dayton-based psychedelic rockers Evil Eye Gypsy are bringing the psychedelic blues […]

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Like Danzig jamming with the Doors

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Heavy Temple transcends at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Heavy Temple’s High Priestess Nighthawk lands at Blind Bob’s Nov. 17; photo: Dante Torrieri Fans of psychedelic metal, horror/sci-fi movies, and the occult will not want to miss Philadelphia’s Heavy Temple at Blind Bob’s Thursday, Nov. 17. Using five-string bass and an assortment of other creepy […]

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The golden age of magic

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‘The Illusionists: Turn of the Century’ teaches history at Clark State By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Conjuress, Jinger Leigh, (left) and The Illusionists appear at Clark State Nov. 18 and 19 Prepare to be amazed (and educated), as Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” returns to Springfield with a brand new show designed to transport audiences […]

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The Bootlegger’s Ball

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A night of Americana music and art at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Blue Moon Soup’s Jon Bauman, Robbie Marion, Brendan Moore, and Justin Moon; photo: Suzy Perler A quartet of well-known bluegrass and folk acts will join local artists at Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton Saturday, Nov. 12, to celebrate Americana music and art […]

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Ghostly Encounters & Around

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Local authors tell Troy’s ghost stories By Matt Clevenger Photo: Elks Lodge, 17 W. Franklin St., reportedly haunted by several ghosts; photo: Matt Clevenger To most observers, downtown Troy looks like an ordinary business district, filled with life and bustling with perfectly normal everyday activity. But the community has another, darker side as well; originally founded […]

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‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’

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Malian musicians persevere against jihadists By Matt Clevenger In 2012, extremist groups captured an area larger than the UK in North Mali, instituting Sharia law and effectively banning most forms of music. Facing imprisonment, and in some cases death, bands and performing artists disappeared from the embattled territory almost overnight, going underground or fleeing to […]

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Men in black tie

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3 Piece Suit haunts Springfield’s Station 1 By Matt Clevenger photo: (l-r) Dylan Schartz, Barry Crabill, and BJ Krouse describe 3 Piece Suit’s sound as ‘sludge-jammer’ because they do whatever they want; photo: W. E. Arnold Springfield-based trio 3 Piece Suit may look like they are headed to an office or a funeral, but those scenarios […]

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Ms. Mojo rising

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MojoFlo heats up Peach’s by Matt Clevenger Photo: MojoFlo’s Amber Knicole swings into Peach’s with her ‘good-time funk’ sound Oct. 14; photo: Alan Nimblette, Heartbreak Photography It’s good to be MojoFlo right now. Named “Best Local Band” by both Columbus Monthly and (614) Columbus in 2016, the seven-member, Columbus-based neo-funk group also has regular gigs at […]

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River monsters

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Wade War V hits Troy By Matt Clevenger Photo: NAPRA founder Pete Ziehler prepares to reel one in; photo: Amy Ziehler Anglers from all across the state of Ohio will meet in Troy Oct. 7, ready to spend a full weekend fishing the Great Miami River for charity as part of the annual Wade War […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]