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Heavyweights Iron Chic visit Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Iron Chic perform on April 4 at Blind Bob’s Bar; photo: Nicole Guglielmo Iron Chic’s long-awaited sophomore full-length album, The Constant One, ups the band’s ante, boasting nearly 40 minutes of their heartfelt, signature melodic punk with big buildups, warm harmonies and gripping climaxes. The band tackles […]

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A gluten-free journey


Tackling the “wheat beast” By Tim Anderl While many people look back on their teens and 20s with fondness, author and certified health coach Caroline Shannon-Karasik spent most of hers incredibly sick. Her white blood cell count was out of control, and, as a result, her immune system was constantly being pummeled. She dealt with […]

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Get a clue

DTCV has not-so-secret ties to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: DTCV will perform at Tree Bar in Columnus on April 2, and at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati on April 5; photo: Mike Postalakis French-American post-punk outfit DTCV (pronounced “Detective”) released their new album, Hilarious Heaven, via Xemu/Burger Records earlier this year. Though the band isn’t officially a […]

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Horrorcore pioneers Insane Clown Posse honor a fallen Gem City Juggalo By Tim Anderl Photo: Violent J [front] and Shaggy 2 Dope [back], also known as Insane Clown Posse; photo: Robert Nixon   In December 2013, Aaron Spencer left work early because he wasn’t feeling well. By the time he made it to the steps of […]

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He’s with the band


Into It. Over It. brings full band to Columbus By Tim Anderl Photo: Evan Weiss brings Into it. Over It to The Basement in Columbus on Feb. 27; photo: Shervin Lainez Intersections, the latest album from Into It. Over It., builds on an impressive catalog spanning multiple albums and EPs delivered by prolific Chicago-based songwriter Evan […]

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Give a little love


Wild Cub introduces artfulness to dance jams By Tim Anderl Photo: Wild Cub performs on Feb. 10 at The Basement in Columbus; photo: Allister Ann Nashville, Tenn. band Wild Cub, led by songwriter/composer Keegan Dewitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock, delivers songs that transition seamlessly between electro-pop, cinematic and danceable new wave and groove with tropical rhythms. […]

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Leaving fingerprints


Crooks on Tape steals hearts with pop mastery By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] John Schmersal, Joey Galvan and Rick Lee Crooks on Tape perform at Rockstar Pro Arena on Jan. 30 John Schmersal is perhaps best known to Dayton music aficionados and fans as one quarter of one of the Gem City’s most celebrated bands, […]

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The Wonderful Wizard of WOO

Bernie Worrell Orchestra brings funky magic to Gem City  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Funk legend Bernie Worrell brings the Bernie Worrell Orchestra to the Venue on Third on Dec. 28; photo: Brian Diescher Once upon a time, in this kingdom, two great and powerful wizards shared a meal. One wizard turned to the other during […]

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Those magic moments


Dispatches from the ’90s Dayton emo/hardcore underground  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Dayton band 24 Possible playing at the Antioch College student union in 1998 Dayton has long been the kind of middle-American city where emo, punk and hardcore bands cut their teeth on the way to musical infamy. The combination of avaricious music fans and […]

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Jingle bell rock


Nice and naughty Christmas songs that won’t drive you chestnuts  By Tim Anderl   With Thanksgiving just days away, I expect you’ve already been subjected to nearly a month of Christmas songs and holiday favorites. Year after year, in every grocery store, bank or coffee bar, we’re treated – whether we like it or not […]

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Isn’t he Lovely?


Dayton bros reunite to rock Blind Bob’s  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Lovely bring their Dayton-bred post-rock sound to Blind Bob’s on Friday, Nov. 15; photo: Amanda Sanborn While there is certainly something to be said for discovering a new group of musical comrades and the pleasant surprises that come with making music with a new […]

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Getting bitten


Lazer/Wulf deliver technical metal with teeth By Tim Anderl  Photo: Experimental/metal trio Lazer/Wulf perform at the Rockstar Pro Arena on Friday, Oct. 25 Tipped off to Atlanta/Athens, Ga. trio Lazer/Wulf’s metal chops and technical prowess by Kylesa vocalist/guitarist Phillip Cope, who has been working behind the boards with the band on their forthcoming full-length, the experimental, […]

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Where no band has gone before


Brujas del Sol navigates universe of sounds By Tim Anderl  Photo: Columbus quartet Brujas del Sol plays Blind Bob’s on Friday, Oct. 18; photo: Kelsey Cahoon Brujas del Sol are an audible amalgam of influences that leaves little beyond their musical stratosphere. The Columbus quartet’s sounds are psychedelic, spacey and massive in scope. Krautrock influences leach […]

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Metal unleashed


Skeletonwitch tours in support of fifth album By Tim Anderl  Photo: Skeltonwitch perform at Newport Music Hall in Columbus on Oct. 7; photo: Magdalena Wolinska When I first encountered Scott Hedrick, he was a quiet and unassuming, shaggy-haired undergrad studying at one of the top journalism schools in the country. (Go Bobcats!) At some point during […]

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Punk isn’t dead …

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… it just sounds different  By Tim Anderl   Photo: The Tillers performing at Fitzgeralds Nightclub in Chicago In 2013, with an immense world of music just mouse clicks away, what was once considered punk is almost completely irrelevant. While tenants of the ideology still exist, the punk sound often barely resembles the aggressive, three-chord racket […]

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Melt The Sky

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Red Hot Rebellion deliver 100,000 megawatts of rock n’ roll By Tim Anderl Photo: Red Hot Rebellion release Melt the Sky at Blind Bob’s Aug. 30; photo: courtesy of Red Hot Rebellion   “Melt The Sky,” the title track from Red Hot Rebellion’s (RHR) new EP was conceived last summer when vocalist/bassist Jim Tramontana became obsessed with […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]