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Beyond the forest

Cincinnati’s Valdrin brings black metal tales to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Valdrin will perform on June 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Mike Gfreorer Amid the blastbeats, crushing guitar chords and the grunts and growls one usually associates with the subgenres making up modern “extreme” metal, there is often more than meets the bleeding ear. […]

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That’s amore!

Roost Modern Italian always delivers By Brian P. Sharp Photo: Grilled swordfish at Roost Modern Italian It’s true – even the best of restaurants have days where things just aren’t right. However, Roost seems to be spot on every time.  That might be part of the reason for a major expansion and remodel which should […]

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Bring on the heavy

Swarm at Canal Public House By Allyson Crawford Photo: Swarm will perform on June 14 at Canal Public House “We jump around and have a good time, but we’re definitely serious about the music we’re playing,” Scott Bodine of Swarm told Dayton City Paper. “It’s a good live show and we sound just like the record.” […]

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Building a backyard habitat

Nature in your outdoor space By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks Director of Conservation Dave Nolin in the suburban wildlife sanctuary he has created in his yard Dave Nolin’s yard may look a bit rowdy to some people, but to wildlife, it’s a sanctuary. During the past 11 years since he purchased his home, Nolin […]

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One scoop or two? Or three?

20th annual Banana Split Festival in Wilmington By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The Banana Split Festival takes place June 13-14 at J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park in Wilmington A little more than a hundred years ago, if you’d walked into a soda shop and asked for a banana split, at best you would have gotten an […]

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Are you there, Dayton?

The Judy Blooms at Jimmie’s Ladder By Brandon Semler Photo: Jake Giesige and Angel Allende of The Judy Blooms; photo: Kristen Swiat After relocating from Dayton to Brooklyn and cycling through several band members, Jake Giesige thinks he has finally found a winning combination with his indie two-piece, The Judy Blooms. He will get the opportunity […]

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No ‘fault’ for a pair of doomed star-crossed lovers

New ‘love story’ update gambles by doubling down on the terminal illness angle By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in “The Fault in Our Stars”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: B- “The Fault in Our Stars” by young adult fiction author and Indianapolis, Ind. native John Green gets adapted here […]

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Small town hoopla

Yellow Springs Street Fair is worth the trip By Chelsea Davis Photo: Belly Dancers at last year’s Yellow Springs Street Fair; photo: Karen Wintrow This year’s biannual Yellow Spring Street Fair will be held on Saturday, June 14, with events beginning at 9 a.m. and going until 7 p.m. “It’s a just a day of small […]

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The Rise of DiVerse Records

Local rap crew headlines Youth Benefit Music Fest By Rusty Pate Photo: [l to r] Cameron Campbell and Jamelle Johnson of DiVerse Records; photo: Matthew Grathwohl Positivity is a commodity in short supply in the modern world. It seems at every turn, be it the nightly news, social media or daily conversations, the grand societal machine […]

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Making great strides

Dayton’s annual LGBT pride celebration By Chelsea Davis  Photo: Jah Soul performs at Courthouse Square during 2013’s Dayton Pride; photo: Randy Phillips “Pride is designed for people to be able to be themselves,” Randy Phillips, president of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, said. “Gay people have been looked down upon and oppressed and Pride came about […]

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The Docket: 09/01

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee  Frenemies A man hailed a police cruiser and said he had just […]

Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]