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VHS movie diehards converge at Tape Eaters Convention By Tim Anderl Amidst basement shelves piled high with VHS cassettes and other movie and comic book memorabilia, local VHS collector, and the mastermind behind Dayton’s first Tape Eaters VHS collectors’ convention, Ryan Disney explains our marching orders for the afternoon.  We’ll be travelling around the city, […]

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With surgical focus

Rare OTEP performance at McGuffy’s By Tim Anderl Otep Shamaya, the singer-songwriter behind heavy metal tour-de-force OTEP, possesses a sharp and polarizing personality that makes her one of the most compelling artists in heavy music and one of the bravest pioneers the genre has ever seen.  Her ferocity and laser focus aren’t limited to the […]

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God Bless Us…

Ohio bands deliver badass tunes for everyone! By Tim Anderl When the editors at Dayton City Paper requested that I review some albums for this issue, inclusion of my input was contingent on including a review of a release by an Ohio band.  “Bah humbug,” I thought.  Why would this squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, […]

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Open Wounds

Miss May I show ‘Heart’ to Warped Tour By Tim Anderl In 2008, a group of high school friends from Troy, whose loftiest goals went no further than playing cover songs after a day of skateboarding, found themselves with a growing local fan base and management by The Devil Wears Prada’s Chris Ruby.  Three months […]

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The Incredible Journeys

Pilots N Paws volunteers deliver pets to loving homes By Tim Anderl Though a routine flight to a destination a few hours from home doesn’t create much trepidation for a seasoned pilot like Michael Green, the trip may be a matter of life and death for his passengers.  Green often flies volunteer missions for Pilots […]

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Back to the Future

Dead Leaf Echo conjure nouveau new wave for next generation By Tim Anderl Incorporating elements of ambient, dream-pop, shoegaze and a buttload of other genres, New York’s Dead Leaf Echo run the gamut of underground aural possibilities to produce blossoming, genre-bending music that has left them at the forefront of NYC’s art-rock scene.  Working with […]

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The Finnish Lines

Saara Markkanen brings folk from her part of the world to Dayton By Tim Anderl Already earning comparisons to folk heavies like Joni Mitchell, Finnish folk singer/songwriter Saara Markkanen plays and sings songs that are short stories about hope and wonder.  However, for listeners with American ears who don’t share her native tongue, her exact […]

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When Choral Gets Competitive

Choir Games Comes to Dayton By Tim Anderl In July, several hundred choirs from around the globe will converge on Cincinnati for the 7th World Choir Games.  Offering 200 public events, including competitions, concerts, workshops and free public performances, the games take place from July 4 to 14. The Cincinnati organizing committee and INTERKULTUR, the […]

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Folkin’ Around

Cityfolk offers multicultural fun for everyone By Tim Anderl Music and dance are pleasing and peculiar parts of the human experience.  As such, both have long been used as tools for establishing commonality between people.  In fact, poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”  He understood that […]

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Who’s Your Daddy?

Gas Daddy Go! pumps out hot King Elk and Me & Mountains jams By Tim Anderl In a recent issue of Columbus’ The Other Paper, Kevin Elliott (formerly of 84 Nash), told writer Joel Oliphant that Dayton is experiencing a musical renaissance.  Though he didn’t exactly elaborate on where the “renaissance” originated, the catalog of […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]