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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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Give me the beat, boys

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Chicago Afrobeat Project at Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Chicago Afrobeat Project will perform at Oddbody’s on Jan. 10 Since forming more than a decade ago, Chicago Afrobeat Project has continuously pushed musical boundaries. Dayton City Paper recently sat down with Chicago Afrobeat Project’s guitarist David Glines to talk about Afrobeat as a genre, their […]

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Nashville’s jazzy export

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Annie Sellick at Clark State By Katie Christoff Photo: Jazz musician Annie Sellick will perform on Jan. 9 at Clark State Community College You can take the girl out of Nashville… Well, you know how the saying goes. But Annie Sellick, a jazz musician from the land of country music, makes it fairly difficult to […]

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To obscurity and beyond

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The best overlooked albums of 2014 By Alan Sculley Photo: Old Monk’s, Posing As Love claims No. 1 on The Best Overlooked Albums of 2014 With literally thousands of albums getting released each year (let’s thank computer music programs, affordable home recording equipment and Internet marketing for enabling just about anyone who wants to make […]

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A gifting guide

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Horrible music for bad people By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” That time of year is upon us once again: when we all struggle to find the perfect gift for that special someone. And though we all have people close to us to shop for, such as a husband or […]

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Electro-indie rock magic

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Enemy Planes attack South Park Tavern By Rusty Pate Photo: [l-r] Kristine Stresman, Casey Call, David LeDuc, Joe Gamble and Shon Trothof Enemy Planes These modern times are not kind to rock ‘n’ roll people. Gas and gear are expensive. For a band starting out, putting together a tour that breaks even and gets each […]

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Brews and tunes

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Old friends celebrate beer and brotherhood at Canal By Tim Anderl Photo: Authors & Audio’s Jack Cox; photo: Orest Dorosh No successful gathering is ever quite complete without a rich combination of festive music, friends and libations. The forthcoming Belmont Party Supply 30th Anniversary Party, which takes place at Canal Public House on Dec. 27, […]

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Black top revelation

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Lo-Pan bring colossal riffs to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Lo-Pan will perform at Blind Bob’s Dec. 26 Good music that comes out of Ohio should be a no-brainer. Whether we are talking about Bootsy Collins, Devo or Guided By Voices, Ohio has earned its stripes in the world of daring, original and sometimes […]

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Jammin’ in the new year

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Rock ‘n’ roll New Year’s Eve at Oddbody’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Blue Moon Soup will perform as Red Sun Pasta at Oddbody’s New Year’s Eve; photo: Tom Wickstrom The new year always brings with it the potential and promise that can only be seen through a lens that combines anticipation with hindsight. We consider […]

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Country music, evolved

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Ashley Martin at Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal By Katie Christoff Photo: Ashley martin will perform on Dec. 20 at Riff Raff Tavern; photo: Kent Cretors Dayton native Ashley Martin is changing the face of country music, and she’s gaining national recognition for doing so. “Country music is evolving into pop and rock, and […]

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A very rocky Christmas

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Cult classic goes Christmas at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ben Riddlebarger as Tranta Claus Long considered a cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is an outrageous film that scoffs at traditional gender roles and encourages viewers to do what they want and have a good time. In cities across America, “Rocky Horror” […]

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Gimme shelter

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The Nightbeast and friends play benefit for Daybreak shelter By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r] Steve Sturm, Brian Whitten, Vincent Arceo, Alex Todd and Kelly Hanus of Swimming With Sharks We’re in the midst of yet another holiday season here in Dayton – one in which, like every year, the adage “better to give than receive” […]

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He’s a survivor

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Ryan Judy with Sawgrass at the Trolley Stop By Katie Christoff Photo: Ryan Judy will perform with Sawgrass on Dec. 12 at The Trolley Stop Ryan Judy overcame a lot of physical hardships before becoming the Dayton music scene staple he is today. Now a cancer survivor, Judy beat lymphoma as a teenager and also […]

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Stuff your stocking

Holiday hits and misses By Alan Sculley   Many years, when December arrives, it’s time to brace for the onslaught of Christmas albums, fearing the selection will be filled with the usual by-the-numbers versions of holiday standards that add nothing to the hundreds of holiday albums that have come before them. This year we get […]

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Heavy riffs, heavy times

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The Skull’s old school heavy metal for a new generation By Gary Spencer Photo: The Skull will perform on Sunday, Dec. 14 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Ty Klingsick Music is a cyclical, generational thing: some styles of music become popular, die down a bit, become marginalized and, in some instances, disappear almost entirely. Other […]

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Bastard sound manipulation

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Experimental metal supergroup Corrections House at Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Corrections House eschews publicity photos, instead favoring images of anonymous intensity; photo: Seward Fairbury, “Minister of Propaganda” The merging of rock veterans into what some critics have termed a “supergroup” is hardly a new thing. Often what results sounds like the sum […]

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When I was a little girl my father had this old, metal box. The front of it had maybe 10 […]

Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents […]

Ohio is for rockers

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For twelve years, the ultimate destination for hard rock and heavy metal fans has been the Rock On The Range […]

Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]