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Unafraid of the Dark

Vagora Conjures Musical Dark Arts By Timothy Anderl When guitarist TB Monstrosity (aka Tracy Byrd) realized that he was no longer fully invested in writing and performing with horror punk powerhouse Blitzkid after a 15 year run, the band agreed to draw the curtains on their monster movie-inspired act and hang up their devilocks.  Though […]

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Goofing Around

Shooting The Breeze with The Color Bars By Nick Schwab Who said work has to be serious all the time? Sometimes monotony and repetition gives way to unserious behavior. Call it goofing off, or say one just likes to mix things up, but the fact remains that when work takes on an irregular pattern … […]

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Riding Dirty

Dirty Socialites Maintain DIY Ethos By Tim Anderl In 2012, it is becoming common place for independent bands to leverage social networking sites like Facebook in creating and communicating with their fanbase, and donation sites like Kickstarter to supplement recording and pressing their latest output.  For Dayton’s Dirty Socialites, a group of musicians with decades […]

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Katz Scratch Fever

Cherry Lee and The Daddy Katz Kruze-In for Rockabilly Resurrection By Gary Spencer There are many styles of music being purveyed by local musicians, everything from hip hop to harsh noise.  And seemingly for years, music of a greater vintage such as classic country and rockabilly has been nowhere to be seen or heard … […]

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Sounds of Violence

British Metal Stalwarts Onslaught Bring Thrash Attack to Dayton By Gary Spencer When most people think about classic thrash metal from the 1980s certain names come to mind.  Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer are among the most famous artists associated with the genre.  But just like with nearly every other musical genre or era, there […]

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You Want It All? You Want MusicNOW!

Festival Offers Rare Convergence of Music’s Best and Most Adventurous By Tim Anderl Creating an annual music festival designed to bring the world’s most creative composers and artists together for never — or rarely — before seen collaborations is an undertaking of incredible magnitude.  For Bryce Dessner, a former Cincinnati boy, composer and guitarist for […]

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I Finally Gave Into the Feeling

Me & Mountains Release Feral on Vinyl By Kyle Melton In 2009, Me & Mountains burst onto the Dayton scene with a highly polished indie pop/rock sound that quickly caught the attention of audiences around town. Their self-titled debut EP evidenced a band with an uncanny penchant for infectious composition and no-frills arrangements, channeling the […]

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It’s Alive … With Music

Artist, Engineer Brings Musical Robots to Dayton By Tim Anderl In the 1950s, children armed themselves with the phrase “Klaatu barada nikto” and pulled covers over their heads each night with the fear that The Day The Earth Stood Still’s large robot Gort might appear with laser eyes threatening to disintegrate them. In 2012, and […]

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Happy Accidents

Water Liars Make No Mistake with Stunning Debut By Tim Anderl Some of music’s greatest achievements are happy accidents.  The right musicians, in the right place at a time when the planets and melodies align in a way that produces soul-singing, is destined to tickle the ears and hearts of listeners.  Recorded on a whim, […]

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Absinthe Junk Goes Down Just Fine

Open Your Mind, Put This Band in Your Cocktail By Nick Schwab If music is alchemy, then why should one regress? It’s a simple but mind-boggling answer. Musical devolution or streamlining a common sound gets you fame and fortune. Progression often gets head scratching or falls on deaf ears. However, at least those who progress reveal […]

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Chew on this: 04/14

Banishing the blues with blueberries By Jayne Powers A change of seasons often signals a change in what we eat. Springtime […]

The Docket: 04/14

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim A mirror misunderstanding Officers responded to a theft report in a grocery store parking lot. […]

Liberation literature

Yellow Springs author Virginia Hamilton leaves lasting impact By Erin Callahan Photo: Author Virginia Hamilton and her husband, poet Arnold […]

Advice Goddess: 4/14

By Amy Alkon Flee circus My mom left when I was young, and my former husband left me, too. Maybe […]

News of the weird: 04/14

By Chuck Shepherd Wait, what? An unarmed man, suspected of no crime, who three years ago was shot 16 times […]

Art meets Ag at Antioch College

AgriCULTURE exhibit at Herndon Gallery By Lisa Bennett Photo: Jeff Schmuki, Homestead III; photo: Dennie Eagleson What do agriculture and […]