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They Will Rock You

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Dayton Philharmonic Teams with Londoners to Perform Queen By Tim Anderl Imagine you are in England’s Wembley Stadium in 1986.  The roar of the crowd gives way to the monstrous sound of thousands of feet and hands stomping and clapping in unison: stomp, stomp, clap, stomp, stomp, clap … In a performance sure to ignite […]

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Standing With The Rank And File

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Anti-Flag Empowers People with Punk Music By Tim Anderl The roots of punk music have always intersected with politics.  Meant to be a headache for power and imperialism, political punk bands combine volume, attitude and commentary meant to infuriate, inspire and instigate grass-roots action aimed at change. Pennsylvania punk band Anti-Flag picked up this torch […]

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Bands to Watch

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Sixteen Local Bands to Keep an Eye Out For By Kyle Melton, Tim Anderl and W.C. Ruffnel In any given year, the Dayton indie scene seems to be boiling over with young talent just waiting to be discovered by local audiences and those beyond the boundaries of the Gem City. As we move into another […]

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Of Cloak and Dagger

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Customer Service is Tattoo Shop’s Secret Weapon By Tim Anderl For the majority of people interested in having their bodies tattooed, choosing the artist who will accomplish the work is a decision that carries major weight.  Whether an artist listens during the design phase, is technically proficient, is safe and clean or even is male […]

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A Mightier Pen

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World Renowned artist Derek Hess Visits Dayton By Tim Anderl When asked about the permanent inclusion of his art in the most visited art museum in the world, France’s the Louvre, and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess swells with pride. “When they approached me, I was floored and totally […]

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Posters and Patches and Shirts, Oh My!

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Musician Develops D.I.Y. and Punk-inspired Little Monster Printing By Tim Anderl For a music fan, there are few better feelings than pulling on a shirt emblazoned with the name of a beloved band, or hanging a nice screen-printed poster in your living space. Road warrior and The Story Changes drummer, Chris Popadak, sees this experience […]

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For those resolved to rock, we salute you!

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Anticipated albums of 2012 By Tim Anderl The January 3 Dayton City Paper cover story on Guided By Voices announced that the Gem City is leading the pack of new musical releases for 2012.  If the Dayton boys haven’t already set the bar too high, music fans won’t be disappointed by a year of music […]

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Front Row: Attack Attack!

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Walk like a crab Attack Attack! visit The Attic Club Columbus’ Attack Attack!, who launched the “crabcore” movement and received scathing criticism from British newspaper The Guardian and notorious Los Angeles-based music blog Buddyhead when their video for “Stick Stickly” premiered on MTV’s Headbangers’ Ball, will crabwalk their way into the Attic Club in Kettering […]

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Because we’ve been awfully good this year…

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Holidayton returns to Blind Bob’s for ninth year of holiday rock By Tim Anderl If you are wondering whether Santa can cram a big night of local rock ‘n’ roll into his bag of goodies this year, your ears should already be aglow and visions of boys with guitars in tight pants should be dancing […]

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Front Row: Neon Warship

With a little help from my friends Former bandmates reunite for power trio Neon Warship When Ferret Music recording artists’ Twelve Tribes called it a day in 2007, Dayton metal fans mourned the loss of an internationally recognized powerhouse act with a decade and a half of touring, MTV appearances and a significant back catalogue […]

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What a character

Some recent work by Dayton comic artist Jay King, better known as “Rusty Shackles”

Digital artist combines pop culture savvy, comic art skill and music fandom for business By Tim Anderl When self-taught digital comic artist Jay King fell in love with food blogger Brandy Voiles (now Brandy King), their whirlwind courtship landed King in the land of square-shaped pizza – Dayton. Operating under the moniker Rusty Shackles, King […]

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Commentary Forum, 12/6/11

Nuts? “Squirrel Lady” is guilty of a big heart By  Tim Anderl Trespassing: present participle of trespass (Verb). Enter the owner’s land or property without permission. — Merriam Webster’s Dictionary During the winter of 2010, Dayton was hit with a storm that filled streets, sidewalks and driveways with inches of snow. I returned from my […]

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Spin It: Tender Mercy

Tender Mercy, The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell EP [Drunkenstein Records] Tender Mercy’s The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell is an exploratory and experimental record, unlike anything I’ve recently laid ears on. Free of rock cynicism or pompous overproduction, the record emerges as an incredibly personal portrait of former […]

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Cowtown releases its “creatures”

Columbus new-wavers Phantods visit Blind Bob’s By Tim Anderl In 2009, a female-fronted, new-wave quintet comprised of local music veterans emerged in Columbus and their kooky and campy self-titled debut was released to rave reviews in the blogosphere and national indie music press. Almost immediately the band found themselves on the College Music Journal Top […]

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It came from the shadows

Dayton writer publishes captivating horror novella By Tim Anderl In 2008 a challenge from a friend inspired K.W. (Kathleen) Taylor to put pen to paper and by October 2011, Taylor’s first horror novella, “We Shadows Have Offended,” was reaching Barnes and Noble store shelves and Amazon’s electronic book shop. “The prompt was supposed to be […]

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Front Row: Drive A

Los Angeles rockers peel in to the Attic Club in Kettering With tours supporting everyone from the Used to Alkaline Trio and HIM in their rearview mirror, radical Los Angeles punk quartet Drive A are revving up their engines for a headlining run they’re calling the “Let’s Get Wrecked” tour that brings them to the […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]