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Firmly rooted

2014 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival By Zach Rogers Photo: Whiskey Bent Valley performs at the 2013 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival Jim Morrison once sang something about summer almost being gone. “We had some good times,” he crooned, “but they’re gone.” In another line, he asks, “Where will we be/When the summer’s gone?” I don’t know […]

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Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass!

Canoegrass returns for a second year of tomfoolery  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Canoegrass will take place Aug. 15-17 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City If you’re a fan of live music, you’ll pretty much go anywhere to see a cool band. Well, how about on a river? No, I mean literally, like the […]

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Teamwerk makes the dream werk

Werk Out Festival returns to Legend Valley  By Zach Rogers  Photo: The 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival will take place Aug. 7-9 at Legend Valley Music Center For a festival only in its fifth year, the 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival is returning like a titan champ. Having already outgrown its original […]

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Holy hell!

Sam at Eleven releases sophomore album at Oregon Express By Zach Rogers  Photo: Sam at Eleven guitarist/vocalist Jeff Rudolph; photo: Bobby Leonard Rising from the ashes of pop-punkers HQAX (pronounced “hoax”), Sam at Eleven came out in 2011 with their debut album, The Year We Won. Throughout the release, the trio – which consists of guitarist/vocalist […]

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Mississippi drinkin’

John the Conqueror bring the crossroads to Canal Public House By Zach Rogers Photo: John the Conqueror will perform on June 12 at Canal Public House; photo: Cinthya Vong Fresh off of two solid full-length albums in only three years, Philadelphia rockers John the Conqueror have found a sound that combines vintage blues with a harder […]

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Heavy metal Cosby kid

Jim Breuer brings the laughs to Dayton’s Funny Bone By Zach Rogers Photo: Jim Breuer will perform at Dayton Funny Bone on April 25 and 26; photo: Gregory Pallante Goat Boy. “Half Baked.” Metallica. All of these things could easily be used to describe comedian Jim Breuer, yet they’re all just one side of the famous […]

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Under the gun

Dayton International Peace Museum explores America’s gun culture By Zach Rogers Photo: Dayton International Peace Museum volunteer Bill Meers adds a news clip to the “blank panel” on April 8. The board, which contains news clips of gun-related violence, was empty on April 1; photo: Sarah Sidlow The issue of guns in the United States is no […]

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The art of pulling

Elsinore bring new album PUSH/PULL to Dayton By Zach Rogers Elsinore perform on April 12 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Oliver Peng After a decade of making music and rediscovering both their sound and stability in the process, it finally looks like the members of Champaign, Ill.-based Elsinore have achieved a near-perfect state of balance and […]

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Dark, dangerous, Danish

The Foreign Resort brings New Frontiers across the Atlantic By Zach Rogers Photo: The Foreign Resort will perform at South Park Tavern on March 21; photo: Morten Ryming In Denmark, the music of New Order and The Cure rings loud and clear. From the city of Copenhagen comes The Foreign Resort, a band that mixes post-punk […]

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Everybody freeze

Silent Lions returns to Dayton with The Compartments By Zach Rogers Photo: Silent Lions performs at Blind Bob’s on March 16; photo: Doug Coombe In 2012, Toledo/Detroit-based duo Silent Lions released their debut EP, The Parliaments. Full of fuzzed-out bass, pounding rhythms and swirling, atmospheric singing, the group – consisting of bassist/vocalist/effects wizard Dean Tartaglia and […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]