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Those magic moments

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Dispatches from the ’90s Dayton emo/hardcore underground  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Dayton band 24 Possible playing at the Antioch College student union in 1998 Dayton has long been the kind of middle-American city where emo, punk and hardcore bands cut their teeth on the way to musical infamy. The combination of avaricious music fans and […]

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Five become one

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Hawthorne Heights plays rare hometown show By Gary Spencer Photo: Dayton’s Hawthorne Heights play hometown show at Rockstar Pro Arena on Dec. 14 Since their humble beginnings as local band A Day in the Life, the band that would become known as Hawthorne Heights in 2001 has seen its trials and tribulations over its decade-plus existence. […]

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Lights, lasers and cats … oh my!

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Anamanaguchi bring their 8-bit rock to Cincinnati By Zach Rogers Photo: New York-based chiptune quartet Anamanaguchi will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Dec. 17 Sometimes, bands choose to make music the conventional way, with guitars, drums, keyboards … those kinds of things. Other times, they use an old Atari, Nintendo or Game Boy […]

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A song for Jeremy

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Tribute to fallen local musician and friend  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Blind Bob’s hosts a tribute to Jeremy Frederick [shown here with Let’s Crash in the late 1990s] on Saturday, Dec. 7 Billy Shakespeare once said, “All the world is a stage and we all must play a part.” However, I don’t think even Shakespeare […]

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Country strong

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Zac Brown Band heads to Dayton  By Sarah Sidlow   Zac Brown Band is coming to Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Thursday, Dec. 12. The three-time Grammy-winning southern septet is hauling out their entire repertoire, including cuts off their latest album Uncaged, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2012. […]

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Seasonal songstress

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Melissa Manchester performs with  Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  By C.C. Hutten   Photo: Melissa Manchester will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Dec. 6 In the midst of abundant pop operas across the nation during the holidays, Melissa Manchester’s Holiday Pop concerts at the Shuster Center on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, […]

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Jingle bell rock

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Nice and naughty Christmas songs that won’t drive you chestnuts  By Tim Anderl   With Thanksgiving just days away, I expect you’ve already been subjected to nearly a month of Christmas songs and holiday favorites. Year after year, in every grocery store, bank or coffee bar, we’re treated – whether we like it or not […]

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Werking through the holidays

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The Werks deliver annual tradition for Ohio fans  By Rusty Pate   Photo: The Werks will present their annual Werksgiving event at the Madison Theatre on Nov. 30 Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family come home and put their daily lives on hold to break bread. It is a moment for reflection about what’s […]

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Phrase and fable

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Dark Backward CD release at Oregon Express  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Local artpunk quartet Dark Backward release their new album at Oregon Express Nov. 30 Dark Backward know their music and they know Dayton. Made up of guitarists Eric Purtle and Jeff Brelsford, bassist Max Nye and drummer Jim Ingram, the quartet are all scene […]

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Starman lands In Dayton

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The Second Coming of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at Gilly’s By Benjamin Smith  Photo: JJ Parkey leads the Spiders from Mars as Ziggy Stardust at Gilly’s on Nov. 23; photo: Tracy Mallott It’s probably safe to say that, musically speaking, Dayton would not be considered a “postmodern” city. (Some critics might not even […]

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Shake the house

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Rockstar Pro Arena delivers touring punk and metal to Dayton  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Boston quintet Ramming Speed make their first appearance at Rockstar Pro Arena on Nov. 24 It’s sometimes easy to be dismissive about the lack of national, and even international, touring original music that comes to the Gem City. While the modern […]

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Isn’t he Lovely?

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Dayton bros reunite to rock Blind Bob’s  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Lovely bring their Dayton-bred post-rock sound to Blind Bob’s on Friday, Nov. 15; photo: Amanda Sanborn While there is certainly something to be said for discovering a new group of musical comrades and the pleasant surprises that come with making music with a new […]

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The glow of last season

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New albums for a fall spin By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott  Photo: Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star returns after a 17-year hiatus with Seasons of Your Day   The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting long. Seems like a perfect time to huddle up next to the playback device of your […]

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Make a soulful noise

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India.Arie at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati By Deon Jefferson   Photo: India.Arie will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Nov. 19 in support of her latest album, SongVersation; photo: Randee St. Nicholas Today’s music industry is filled with many diverse artists. There are only a few who stand out amongst a sea of […]

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Violence has arrived

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Gwar ready to battle at Bogart’s By Gary Spencer  Photo: Gwar brings their “bloodiest, sickest disaster” to Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Nov. 7 According to legend, a small group of violent, hate-fueled alien beasts known as the Scumdogs of the Universe once terrorized a galaxy far, far away millions of years ago. But the Scumdogs eventually […]

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Vibes high, message mighty

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Taj Weekes delivers reggae activism at Boll Theatre By C.C. Hutten Photo: Reggae musician/social activist Taj Weekes brings his music and message to the University of Dayton on Nov. 14 The University of Dayton and Cityfolk partnership is merging entertainment and education with World Rhythms Conert: Reggae Activist Taj Weekes on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]