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A Little Help from My Friends

New Label and Lineup Enables All Hail The Void By Tim Anderl Ohio lost a huge asset to the heavy music scene when Jeff Lohrber, formerly of Eyes Upon Separation, Harlots, Trap Them and Shai Hulud packed his bags and relocated from Greenville, Ohio to Milwaukee.  Thankfully, his latest band, Enabler, will launch a massive […]

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Meat Loaf’s Hell In A Handbasket

By Jason Webber So it’s come to this — from Bat Out of Hell, to Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, to Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose to, finally, Hell In A Handbasket. At this point, the album should’ve been called Meat Loaf: Shut the Hell Up. Thirty five […]

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Raising a Ruckus

Dan Haug’s “Take Me To A Disco” Poised to Make You Sweat By Tim Anderl In February, Dayton City Paper previewed local bands and artists to watch in 2012.  One such artist was Kettering-based beatsmith Dan Haug, aka Ruckus Roboticus, who is toiling in his home studio finishing a full-length record, Phantom Of The Disco, […]

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The Evolution of Musical Style

Four Decades of Bill Kirchen By Nick Schwab It has often been said that no man can do well at something that he doesn’t love. It should almost be a law or even a divine mandate in the self-help guide to living a well-lived life. This is evident when talking to roots-rocker Bill Kirchen. It […]

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We Sing Electric

Cleveland Duo Mr. Gnome Returns to Blind Bob’s By Kyle Melton Having spent the better part of a decade together, carving out a unique musical niche, Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome earned a slew of accolades with their most recent effort, Madness in Miniature (El Marko Records) from the likes of Rolling Stone, Magnet and NPR. […]

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Come On, Hit Me … Hit Me Again …

When It’s Okay to Start Swinging By Jordan Terrell With a cobra cane as a crutch, Joe Miller, owner of Vision MMA Dayton, paces around the worn mats giving advice on punching techniques as Travis Thaxton and Mike Powell spar. Vision Dayton, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gym, is currently under transformation. The gym moved […]

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No Regrets

No Apologies As Bela Fleck Progresses By Nick Schwab With all the different styles of music and the various sub-genres, there are infinite sounds in music. From punk to ambient to space rock and jazz, the mixes between the genres and subgenres are endless. There are also different ways one goes about making it. Musicians […]

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Season of Black Reign

Brooklyn’s Mutilation Rites Brings Black Metal Dementia to Dayton By Gary Spencer While there is a lot of good heavy metal being produced locally, it seems lately that more and more nationally known touring acts are finally coming to play in the Gem City.  While this is far from a bad thing, one thing Dayton […]

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Speaking of Mac Miller

Criticism, In An Age When Criticism is Dead By Ben Dale Mac Miller is finding unlikely success as a white rapper in a hip-hop culture that normally excludes such anomalies.  Boosh. Though the idea is a rehash, there is something markedly different about Mr. Miller, a certain je ne sais quoi that distinguishes him from […]

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Burn Down The System To Build One Anew

Moving From A Major Label Reveals Van Hunts’ Heart By Nick Schwab “I just moved on,” says Dayton soul artist Van Hunt when he tells of his shift from working with a major label to being an independent artist. If one were to research the story of the Blue Note label shelving his still-not-officially released […]

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Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]

Miamisburg goes to the dogs

Canine Carnival returns By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Canine Carnival takes place Sept. 21 at Riverfront park; photo: Casey Harshman The […]

Advice goddess

 Beard-death experience This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three […]

Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]