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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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Gem City son

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Dayton native Lou Barlow re-launches Sebadoh, plays Columbus By Leo DeLuca   Photo: Sebadoh will perform in Columbus on Nov. 14; [l to r] Bob D’Amico, Jason Lowenstein and Lou Barlow Dayton-born Lou Barlow – founding member of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. – plays Thursday, Nov. 14 at The Basement in Columbus, Ohio. Lou will be […]

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Upon a tidal wave of young blood

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Daikaiju surf into Dayton with vicious attitude By Zach Rogers   Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of some remote tropical island that no one has ever heard of, lives Daikaiju – a group of masked musical avengers that play high-energy surf and punk rock, and do so with a kind of life […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]