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Smug Brothers release new EP

Treasure Virgins is the latest self-released EP from this Dayton band of brothers By W.C. Ruffnel While the Smug Brothers have been around for nearly seven years, they have done quite the bit of damage in the past four years. Boasting members (including one with arguably the best name ever) of several legendary Dayton bands, […]

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Rooted in Dayton, growing in cyberspace

Local experimental label Orange Milk Records hits your computer screen with a baseball bat By W.C. Ruffnel The experimental nature of music is often largely misunderstood – most people assume something labeled as such is extreme or unlistenable. When one might take into consideration the fact that the psychedelic era of the Beatles was at […]

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Downtown Brown comes to downtown Dayton

Detroit’s oddest export hits Blind Bob’s By W.C. Ruffnel (Note: This interview is not for the faint of heart nor those easily offended by slang terminology, strong language or rock ‘n’ roll. An artist’s vision is just that, regardless of word choice.) With a touring schedule more hectic than going through a hoarder’s house full […]

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Tribraco and Tubax: An Italian state of mind

They’re from Italy and the music is loud and weird: How weird? Really weird. By W.C. Ruffnel For centuries Rome has been the center of western civilization as we know it. So many things come from Rome, and Italy more specifically, that we take it for granted. Sadly, the tomato does not come from Italy, […]

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Spin It: Lou Reed and Metallica

Lou Reed and Metallica team up with “The View” Hipsters and rednecks realize they have other things in common besides their hatred of this song So, the collaboration everyone has been waiting for. No, wait. That was Insane Clown Posse and Jack White. No, wait. Lou Reed and Metallica? I don’t think anyone was expecting […]

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Puttin’ it on Bitchwax: Riffing after midnight

The Atomic Bitchwax performs at Blind Bob’s By W.C. Ruffnel There are a few defining moments in a person’s life — the time they are born, the time they decide they can or can’t play guitar and the time they start their first stoner rock band. For the members of the Atomic Bitchwax, it’s a […]

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Spin It: Electric Banana, 6/14/11

Electric Banana Odds & Ends The skinny on Electric Banana’s Odds & Ends? It, like their website, implies (the auspiciously added ‘rocks’ to their moniker) rocks. Grafting metallic guitars onto authentically 1980s synthetic drums, EB seems pleased to give the middle finger to their influences — there’s no way Dave Mustaine would be caught dead […]

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Spin it: Abertooth Lincoln

Live in This You Fucking Roaches By W.C. Ruffnel With a name like Abertooth Lincoln, it should come as no surprise that this musical group tackles political issues hyperbolically with an enormous fang piercing through a stove-pipe hat. Lyrical themes and a perceivably ironic name aside – this band is a delicious slice of progressive […]

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Spin It (4/5/11)

Giant Claw’s Midnight Murder (Orange Milk Recordings) Saboteur of conventional rock ‘n’ roll and synthesizer wizard, Keith Rankin (of Dayton outfit Yakuza Heart Attack) is at it again – this time, reborn under the moniker Giant Claw. Rankin adopts a minimalist approach for the spectacular Giant Claw debut, Midnight Murder. An array of sequencing synthesizers […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]