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Strange Waves

New Albums for a New Season Benjamin Smith Let me tell you something, Daytonians: spring is overrated. Sure, I like the idea of rebirth as much as the next guy, but this season is also synonymous with violence, crap weather and terrible fashion. Spring is the lunatic you screw before having a fling with the […]

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The Show Must Go On

Signs of Life Pay Tribute to Music of Pink Floyd By Kyle Melton In the pantheon of rock n’ roll’s iconic acts, few cast a shadow as long as British psychedelic pioneers Pink Floyd. Under the direction of Cambridge schoolmates Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gimour, Pink Floyd charted a musical course that stands […]

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Abertooth Lincoln: Friends, Forever

Every “Tunesday” at South Park Tavern for their NTRO/XPO Residency By W. C. Ruffnel Abertooth Lincoln is a band about the town. If you open any local newspaper, chances are you’ve seen them or read about them. The reasoning behind this: they’re fucking great. They’re also really nice dudes as well, which also lends itself […]

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Victoire Visits Dayton

Five Friends Blend Compositional, Musical and Performance Skills By Joe Aiello Victoire. It’s the French feminine of Victoria. And since the name doesn’t provide a clue to the group’s music, I listened. The female quintet’s latest CD is Cathedral City (New Amsterdam Records). The cut “A Door in the Dark” features a laconic keyboard line […]

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Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz

Celebrating and Promoting Music Education By Khalid Moss Beavercreek, Ohio is a medium-sized mid-western town, incorporated in 1980, that boasts a population of more than 37 thousand hardworking folks. Like most cities, times are tough. Voters routinely reject school levies and additional budget cuts have already been announced as a way of preparing for the […]

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Ready For The End

Doomsday Preppers in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1 You just can’t argue with faith. Be it faith in a person’s religion, faith in the Cleveland Browns or faith in a belief that civilization as […]

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The Dining Experience

Fleming’s: Breaking Boundaries By Brian P. Sharp As an epicurean critic, I normally swear off “chain” restaurants.  However, recently I have thought a lot about whether certain chain restaurants deliver a “dining experience,” a white tablecloth environment that delivers great food and quality service that sets them above the other “chains.” Can a “chain restaurant” […]

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Standing With The Rank And File

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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Gaining Speed

Sweden’s Truckfighters Bring High-energy Fuzz Rock to Dayton By Gary Spencer In the dog-eat-dog world of music most bands never make it to a level of international acclaim and recognition, and even for the ones that do, to climb their way out of obscurity sometimes takes years.  One such band is Swedish trio Truckfighters, an […]

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A Separation

Iranian Film Separates Melodrama from the Complex Realities of Life Rating: PG-13 Grade: A In an awards season when we celebrate the idea of George Clooney playing a beleaguered father/husband/family trustee who discovers that his comatose wife has been having an affair, while also juggling a monumental decision about the land rights to his family’s […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]