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A gifting guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]