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Standing With The Rank And File

Anti-Flag Empowers People with Punk Music By Tim Anderl The roots of punk music have always intersected with politics.  Meant to be a headache for power and imperialism, political punk bands combine volume, attitude and commentary meant to infuriate, inspire and instigate grass-roots action aimed at change. Pennsylvania punk band Anti-Flag picked up this torch […]

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Gaining Speed

Sweden’s Truckfighters Bring High-energy Fuzz Rock to Dayton By Gary Spencer In the dog-eat-dog world of music most bands never make it to a level of international acclaim and recognition, and even for the ones that do, to climb their way out of obscurity sometimes takes years.  One such band is Swedish trio Truckfighters, an […]

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Young The Giant

Straddling the Line Between Alternative and Mainstream By Alan Sculley As Young The Giant starts a headlining tour this winter, singer Sameer Ghadia knows the band has come a long way since the release of its self-titled CD in January 2011. “Last year at this time we had a headlining run (of shows) and we […]

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Genticorum’s Quebecois

A Modern Twist on Ancient Music By Khalid Moss Some folks think you need a bitchin’ rhythm section to make the music soar. They want to feel the deep thud of a bass, the bad-ass kick of the drum and the rhythmical shadings of a keyboard or guitar. Well, if that’s what floats your boat, […]

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Beating the Winter Blues

Talking with Jeff Hill and The Dayton Blues Society By Khalid Moss For his fulltime day job, Daytonian Jeff Hill — a bespectacled gentleman with chrome braces anchoring his teeth — is a logistics engineer for Wright State University who occasionally travels to exotic locations to troubleshoot for the commanders at Wright Patterson Air Force […]

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Heartless Bastards Spread Stylistic Wings

New Album, New Musical Vision By Alan Sculley Some listeners considered The Mountain, the 2009 CD from the group the Heartless Bastards, a musical departure for the group. Yes, there were still plenty of garage-ish rock moments that carried over from the group’s first two CDs. But on The Mountain, Heartless Bastards singer/guitarist and songwriter […]

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Poison and Fire

Architects of Doom Find A Niche in the Dayton Metal Scene By Gary Spencer Many people reading this probably don’t know about Dayton-based heavy metal quartet Architects of Doom … yet.  Relative newcomers to the Dayton metal scene, A.O.D. has only been active for roughly a year now and even in that short period of […]

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Of Cloak and Dagger

Customer Service is Tattoo Shop’s Secret Weapon By Tim Anderl For the majority of people interested in having their bodies tattooed, choosing the artist who will accomplish the work is a decision that carries major weight.  Whether an artist listens during the design phase, is technically proficient, is safe and clean or even is male […]

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Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas

By Jason Webber Decades after eating Chinese oranges with Suzanne, waxing poetic about torn blue raincoats and predicting a future that is “murder,” 77-years young Leonard Cohen has lived and loved enough for three lifetimes. But his new album Old Ideas proves that the self-described “lazy bastard in a suit” will not be going quietly […]

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The Big Pink’s Future This and 4AD Records

By Jason Webber Once upon a time, in the late ’80s/early ’90s to be exact, there was a magical world called 4AD Records, a mystical land where Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins and other creatures played melodic and dreamy alternative music that touched the souls of millions of misfit listeners. But as the years passed, a […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]