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Thrashing about

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Colorado’s Havok brings thrasher metal to Rockstar By Allyson B Crawford “Being on the road can be creatively prohibitive,” Havok rhythm guitarist and vocalist David Sanchez tells the Dayton City Paper. “There are a lot of other things to do. We don’t have techs, so we do everything ourselves, and that means we don’t have […]

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Making a critical example of ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

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Look beyond the beard, people By T.T. Stern-Enzi I wish I could have simply settled into my seat Friday afternoon, downshifted from the critical hyper-drive setting in my head and enjoyed the Tina Fey transition into more dramatic fare that nearly all of my critical brethren signed off on, but I couldn’t reject the elephant […]

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Strings and beats

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Black Violin hits the stage at Victoria Theatre By Emma Jarman A band teacher and an orchestra teacher walk onto a golf course. What sounds like the introductory line to a bad and somewhat offensive joke is actually the beginning of the story of Black Violin. A band instructor and an orchestra director walk onto […]

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Much ado about fracking

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“Marcellus Shale” explores both sides of fracking at Antioch College By Tim Smith Drilling for shale gas—also known as fracking—has become a hot button issue from Ohio to the northeastern United States. People on both sides have staked out their claims, with many landowners caught in the middle. The experimental theater troupe Talking Band has […]

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Everyone’s a critic

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Restaurant reviewing in the age of yelp By Paula Johnson In a 2010 interview, chef, TV personality and author Anthony Bourdain pronounced the restaurant critic dead, replaced by the democracy of the website Yelp. He referred to professional critics as dinosaurs, irrelevant relics. Seeing as it’s my job, and the job of many others, I […]

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All she wants to do is dance

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Fresh releases for the fresh spring air By Alan Sculley Neil Young & the BlueNotes // Bluenote Café  // Warner Bros. Of the many musical side trips Young has taken during his career, one of the most successful was forming his horn-driven big band, the Bluenotes, for a 1988 album, Ten Men Working, and subsequent […]

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Blooming from the blues

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Janiva Magness brings soulful blues to Canal Public House By Miranda Brooks Janiva Magness knows the blues, and has the voice to prove it. Singing since a teenager, and performing now for nearly forty years, Magness’ gained wisdom from life’s lessons continues to inspire a career that clearly chose her. On tour currently to promote […]

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And your bird can sing

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Celebrate the coming of spring with birding tips from the experts Kristen Wicker Birds in your local Five Rivers MetroParks are just like the proverbial canary in the coalmine. “We monitor bird populations year round, and it’s important we get good counts,” says Yvonne Dunphe, conservation volunteer coordinator for MetroParks. “Birds are a good indicator […]

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One Grand Finale

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Vanguard closes 54 seasons of legendary chamber music By Rusty Pate Diving into classical music can seem like a daunting task for the novice. With centuries of pieces, composers and musicians to choose from, figuring out where to start can overwhelm even the most steadfast of music lovers. Mozart alone composed more than 600 works […]

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Funny with a purpose

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Suzanne Westenhoefer brings bold comedy to Antioch By Lauren Adams Laughter is truly the best medicine, and as any good doctor will tell you, there is an inherent responsibility in the way that medicine is dispensed. At its best, comedy not only entertains—it inspires, educates and exposes some difficult truths about society. It’s something we […]

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The broken notes of ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’

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Hearing the long-lost voice of the hippie blues By T.T. Stern-Enzi We have gone through phases where the musical biopics were all the rage. Jamie Foxx earned an Academy Award for his near-flawless embodiment of Ray Charles in “Ray” all the way back in 2004. A year later, Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for his turn […]

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Healing hops

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Benefits range far beyond a flavorful punch to beer By Hayley Fudge Beer lovers have long been in the know of the mentally therapeutic benefits that a cold brew can provide at the end of a long, hard day. Lesser known, though, are the health benefits that Humulus lupulus—more commonly known as hops—can bring to […]

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Aged and defined

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Zakk Knight brings award-winning blues to Taffy’s in Eaton By Tim Walker Zakk Knight is a busy man. The 21-year-old guitarist, songwriter and performer is on a mission, and that mission today is getting ready to perform a sold-out show in his own hometown. “I don’t play Indianapolis too often with my full band,” Knight […]

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More alike than you think

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“Hijabi Monologues” present a snapshot of Muslim women’s experiences By Joyell Nevins The theatre can be a place to escape, a place to be entertained. It can also be a place to expand horizons and be educated—not necessarily a comfortable experience, but an important one. “Hijabi Monologues,” a set of stories by American Muslim women, […]

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Pop punk rising

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PVRIS takes Nutter stage By Amanda Dee PVRIS is the last of a dying breed. Starting in the a punk rock scene almost a decade after Fall Out Boy, Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, AKA Lynn Gunn, explains, “We kind of caught the very tail end of something that’s not really around anymore.” Fall Out Boy reached out […]

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Thanks for the memories

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Fall Out Boy reincarnated at Nutter By Amanda Dee If you haven’t heard of Fall Out Boy, you probably weren’t wearing Hot Topic skinny jeans in the early 2000s. Or you don’t listen to music today. Fall Out Boy started from the cesspool of Chicago hardcore punk and became increasingly more recognized with the rise […]

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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 […]