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Fates Warning comes to Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Fates Warning will perform on Oct. 21 at Oddbody’s; photo: Axel Jusseit “We are certainly going to play a few things we haven’t done in a very long time! Hopefully there will be a few surprises for some,” Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder excitedly tells […]

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WTF is ‘Hobocore’?

The Goddamn Gallows return to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: The Goddamn Gallows will perform Sept. 24 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Michael Sinapi Bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and Americana music might seem like odd bedfellows for a band with a punk, metal and hardcore background. But this fusion of seemingly disparate styles has earned a band […]

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Bring on the battering ram

British metalheads Saxon smashes into Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Saxon will perform on Sept. 19 at Oddbody’s Music Room “We are a live band… no click tracks running with Saxon so I suppose [the stage] is where we like to be!” says Biff Byford, Saxon frontman, of his band’s current North American tour. […]

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Poisoning the well

Lord Dying brings the sludge to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Lord Dying will perform on Sept. 5 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Danger Ehren Photography Sludge. What does the word bring to mind? Thick, nasty motor oil perhaps? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sludge as “thick, soft, wet mud: a soft, thick material that is […]

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Of femmes and fire

Your Chance to Die devastates RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: Your Chance to Die will performon Aug. 28 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Joann Gullo Extreme metal bands with female vocalists have become trendy in recent years, and given the success and popularity of bands such as Arch Enemy, The Agonist and Myrkur, this growing […]

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No words necessary

Instrumental metalheads Karma to Burn return to RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: All-instrumental metal trio Karma to Burn will perform July 24 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Karma to Burn As much as things change, some things never go out of style. Like a solid, catchy, heavy guitar riff. Or a thundering bass line. Or […]

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From the ashes

The Agonist returns with new singer, new album, new tour By Gary Spencer Photo: The Agonist will perform on May 8 at Oddbody’s The parting of a popular lead singer can be a devastating blow to an established band – to the point where some bands never truly recover, and their popularity and creative output dies […]

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Denying classification

All That Remains remains true By Gary Spencer Photo: All That Remains will perform March 20 at Oddbody’s Music Room; photo: Justin Borucki Almost every genre of modern music suffers from a bit of elitism. Whether it’s indie rock, hip-hop or heavy metal, there’s always someone trying to talk down an artist or subgenre. Often, […]

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A snowball’s chance…

Full of Hell Set to Mutilate Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Full of Hell will perform March 12 at RockStar Pro Arena Sometimes, life can be downright mean. Full of Hell founding member and guitarist Spencer Hazard is one musician who uses that darkness to create something else: music. In a recent interview, […]

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This one goes to 11

Martin Popoff’s “Big Book of Hair Metal” By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Martin Popoff’s “The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade” (Voyageur Press) For fans of ’80s metal, Martin Popoff’s new work, “The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade” […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]