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Ghostly Encounters & Around


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’


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


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


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


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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Audible anti-depressants


Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem shine on RiverScape By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Anand Nayak, Scott Kessel, Andrew Kinsey, and Rani Arbo of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem; photos: Joanna Chattman When drummer Scott Kessel of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem opens up his suitcase, it’s hard to predict what strange new instrument might come out. […]

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Who let the dogs out?


Miamisburg’s Canine Carnival goes off the chain By Matt Clevenger Photo: Tony Hoard of the K-9 Crew and Trick Dog Show at Canine Carnival; photo: Anna Hayslett Miamisburg’s Riverfront Park is going to the dogs as the 11th-annual Canine Carnival offers dog owners and their furry friends a chance to cut loose and get off the […]

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Positive Vibrations


Dave Hall Plaza thrives (as it always has) with Dayton’s Reggae Fest By Matt Clevenger photo: Seefari jams at 5 p.m. at Dayton Reggae Festival Sept. 4; photos: Lamonte Hall A downtown tradition for almost 30 years, the Dayton Reggae Festival returns, bringing a day of fun and live reggae music to the corner of Fourth and […]

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Dawg days


Dawg Yawp howls at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Rob Keenan (left) and Tyler Randall (right) jam at Blind Bob’s Aug. 20; photo: Michael Wilson   Part folk, part rock, and part techno, Dawg Yawp will bring one of Cincinnati’s most unique and critically acclaimed live shows to Blind Bob’s Aug. 20. Named Cincinnati radio […]

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Beer drinker, hell raiser

(l-r) Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard grace Dayton Aug. 16
photo courtesy of Rose Music Center

Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top bear(d) the blues at Rose By Matt Clevenger Things couldn’t be better for ZZ Top, with their first full-length live album set for release this fall and a tour kicking off at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights Tuesday, Aug. 16. Known for blues and Latin-infused rock mega-hits like “Cheap […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]