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Swan song

Escher String Quartet returns to close the 2016 Vanguard Concerts season By Gary Spencer Music and performing arts organizations are a hard thing to sustain. Often times they are based out of nonprofit endeavors and have to rely on donations from the public. People in the public can be fickle as tastes change, trends come […]

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The root of all metal

Death metal role model Suffocation shreds Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Some musical movements and eras have so much impact and lasting influence that they are timeless. This argument can be made for the first wave of heavy metal subgenre of death metal. While what many historians and fans consider to be the very first death […]

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(F)unpredictable

Rum River Blend brings wild bluegrass to Troy’s Mayflower Arts Center Theater By Tim Smith Go to any community—large, small or in-between—and you’ll find a group of friends who get together to play music. Some do it in church, some make a name for themselves outside their hometown and some do it just for fun. […]

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The hedgehog

Two-day Brahms Fest with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra By Pat Suarez Johannes Brahms is such a household name in the world of classical music that he needs no introduction. Or does he? This was a composer who wrote 160 works, and yet most concert-goers know him only as the guy who penned four symphonies, three concerti, […]

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Practice makes perfect

Skull Practitioners blanket Bob’s with heavy psych and post-punk By Tim Anderl Since the ’60s, the heavy psychedelic rock genre has happily existed outside the popular music landscape. For Skull Practitioners, the loud, fuzzy vortex of sounds characteristic of the genre once populated by Blue Cheer, Hawkwind and Blue Oyster Cult, and more recently by […]

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International Jazz Day

Keigo Hirakawa Trio performs at Gilly’s By Tim Walker The local jazz music scene, the Keigo Hirakawa Trio, and Gilly’s Jazz nightclub in downtown Dayton: three local treasures, all of which are coming together April 30 to celebrate International Jazz Day. In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated April […]

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Genre bender

Cincinnati’s Ampline at Bob’s By Katie Christoff Cincinnati-based rockers Ampline are no strangers to the stage at Blind Bob’s. The punk rock band has played many shows in Dayton over the course of its 15-plus year career, and always looks forward to coming back. “We always get a lot of support in Dayton,” says Rick […]

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Brought to you by the letter ‘B’!

Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Bach, Beethoven and Brahms By Gary Spencer A classic piece of music is one that stands the test of time and endures for generations to come. In the case of classical icons such as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, their works continue to be wildly popular centuries after those composers’ deaths […]

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A debut is worth a thousand gigs

Folk artist Mike Vial performs live at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer Mike Vial gave up teaching high school English in 2011 to become a fulltime musician. Since then, the Michigan-based singer/songwriter has no regrets, playing more than 1,000 gigs and releasing three EP’s and several singles that capture his confessional and organic brand of […]

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‘Soulclad boogie funk’

Common Center brings gypsy jam spirit to Trolley By Miranda Brooks At the core of Common Center is a dynamic balance of sound. And the dynamics are such that, musically, the band’s strength lies in their non-traditional configuration, and incorporation of each player’s sound—ranging from a 12-string acoustic guitar to saxophone to keys to violin […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]