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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, and Mike Emmons. Photo: Jennifer Taylor By Mike Ritchie Evil Eye Gypsy has been around for almost a decade, taking stage-filling form in 2010, playing their first gig in 2012. For three years, member-wise they […]

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A phoenix rises

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Stella’s Demise shakes off the ashes for CD release at Oscar’s Bradley Bowermaster and Jill Dodson lead Stella’s Demise “lite jazz” assault. By Mike Ritchie The name comes from the demise of a former band. “Bradley [Bowermaster] and I used to play in a band called Stella Blue about eight years ago,” recalls lead singer […]

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Going Forward with Dark Backward

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Playing good art at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Dark Backward (L-R) Patrick Berry, Eric Purtle, Jim Ingram, Jeff Brelsford, and Jeff Vahldie. By Mike Ritchie  |  Photo by Corn Photography The five-piece Dayton-based Dark Backward have long-standing ties to the Los Angeles scene and almost two decades in the local scene. Named after a movie as […]

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Garage days revisited 

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The Daytimers return to Bob’s The Daytimers’ guitarist Blake Bergere (L) and bassist Chris Gilkes (R) By Mike Ritchie Whether from  garages, basements, or dorms, all bands start somewhere. The four-piece Dayton garage-rockers The Daytimers started their journey playing at parties, dorms, and charity events. They amassed a loyal core base that liked them as […]

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Enter the creepshow

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I Died Trying plays cross-media event in Miamisburg Tony Goff playing his guitar with a Pee Wee Herman doll. Photo: Mike RItchie By Mike Ritchie   The one-man band I Died Trying will play a special cross-media event at Miamisburg’s Plaza Theatre Saturday featuring an opening 75-minute set, preview reel, and the theatrical screening of […]

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Something wicked comes

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Raven Black’s Dark Metal Carnival at Fairfield’s The Tavern Photo: Raven Black (l-r) Raven, the ‘Doctor’, Muppett, and Stiches. Photo: Cruella Photography By Mike Ritchie Cuter than Chucky and more bewitching than Annabelle, Raven Black’s family tree could be traced back to The Twilight Zone’s Talky Tina. Though she conjures more creepiness than the average […]

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What music they make

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The Transylvania Hellhounds rock Hanks Pub Transylvania Hellhounds (l-r) Allen McCowan, Eric Barnes, Keith Byerman, Greg Vaughn. Photo: Jay Allen Herndon By Mike Ritchie Spawned and foaming from the worlds of horror and rock n’ roll, the Transylvania Hellhounds have changed lycanthropic formation a few times dedicating countess hours and energy to their second album. […]

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Forbidden fruit

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Far From Eden grows progressive rock at Oregon Express By Mike Ritchie Photo: Kimberly Weiss and Far From Eden play Oregon Express April 15 photo: Jennifer Taylor Sometimes a band finds its niche by refusing to fit in. Sometimes striking a balance between “too heavy” and “not heavy enough” is a good thing. Blending an […]

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Peace, love, and metal

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Peace, love, and metal 3rd Restock expands, benefits local foodbanks at Oddbody’s By Mike Ritchie Despite the obvious generation gap and the wardrobe differences, hippies and metal heads will converge at Oddbody’s for the 2017 Restock weekend. Whether it’s singing, dancing, jamming, or loud moshing, fans and bands will support local food banks and those […]

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Frack You, 2016 playlist

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DCP listens through the worsts of the year By DCP Audible Writers Photo: I See Stars’ Treehouse Can’t Stop the Feeling’ from the ‘Trolls’ soundtrack by Justin Timberlake By Tim Walker Thanks a lot, 2016. Not only did you go and take away a bunch of our more brilliant musical talents, but then you turn around […]

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Making music, merry

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3rd Operation Giving Back Christmas at Middletown’s Old Crow Bar By Mike Ritchie Photo: Operation Giving Back Christmas vet Chris Casey of Casey and The Nobodies from last year’s event; photo: Teri Spence For the third year in a row, KuttingEdge Promotions will host Operation Giving Back Christmas, a benefit to help families in need during […]

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Release the wolves

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McGuff and the Dumpster Fires go for the throat at Jimmie’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Emily McGuff (center) and the Dumpster Fires on the cover of their new album, Wolves They’re part punk, part funk, and all messed up, according to the band. If the Clash hooked up with Janis Joplin, McGuff and the Dumpster […]

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Engraving darkness

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Dayton death metal scriptures By Mike Ritchie Photo: Johnnie Wallace (left) and Colin Glover of Engraved Darkness; photo: Mike Ritchie Engraved Darkness has been around close to a decade. With the dripping black eyes of vocalist/guitarist Johnnie Wallace leading the charge, their current incarnation, helmed by Wallace, includes Forces of Nature’s Jimmy Rose on guitar, […]

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Child of Bodom

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Henkka Seppälä joins forces with local bands at Oddbody’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Henkka Seppala plays for the 1st time apart from Children of Bodom in 20 years Oct. 22 Raise your educated horns. The Metal in Strange Places Conference returns Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20–22 at the University of Dayton. Each day, speakers will present […]

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Unity upheld

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Local bands raise guitars, LGBTQ support at GemFest By Mike Ritchie Photo: (l-r) Kei, Tom Black, and Kelly Chelston of Tiger Sex; photo: Richard Blondy In the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 report of more than 10,000 American LGBTQ 13- to 17-year-olds, although 75 percent polled that most of their peers didn’t have an issue with […]

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Kisstory alive in Dayton

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Licking it up with Paul Stanley By Mike Ritchie Photo: (l-r) Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley, and (above) Eric Singer erupt Aug. 22 at the Nutter Center photo courtesy of PMK-BNC Entertainment Dayton, it’s going to be a long nite. One of the world’s hottest bands returns to the Nutter Center Monday, Aug. 22, on the […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]