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Seasons in exile

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Lysura bring black metal rituals back home By Gary Spencer Photo: Lysura perform Friday, May 2 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Luke Ryan; Dread Pirate Photography For many musicians who grew up in the Gem City or honed their skills here in Dayton, eventually the time comes when a new environment becomes necessary. This can take the […]

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Killer tunes

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Buffalo Killers perform at Dayton Music Fest kickoff event By Tim Anderl Photo: [l-r] Zach Gabbard, Sven Kahns, Joseph Sebaali and Andy Gabbard of Buffalo Killers On May 13, ever evolving Cincinnati rock ‘n’ roll group Buffalo Killers release its most straightforward rock album to date, Heavy Reverie. Armed with the trademark harmonies of brothers Andy […]

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Only human

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VNV Nation goes Transnational with new album and tour By Gary Spencer Photo: Ronan Harris [above] and Mark Jackson, also known as VNV Nation, perform at the Taft Theatre on April 29; photo: Franz Schepers Over the years, industrial music, electronic dance music and electronic music have been stereotyped as impersonal, devoid of soul and emotion. In […]

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Busy music

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Dayton’s Zuel to rage upon Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Zuel perofm at Blind Bob’s on April 25; photo: Tom Wilson Since 2009, Zuel has been bringing their brand of thick, intricate metal to headbangers hungry for something different. Though broadly describable simply as metal, this umbrella term does not do the group justice, as […]

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Damn the man!

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Celebrate Record Store Day 2014 By Kyle Melton You walk into your local record store. You’re browsing through the racks of vinyl, listening to the music playing over the speakers. It’s an album you’ve never heard before, so you ask the guy or girl behind the counter, “Who is this?” Next thing you know, you’re […]

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Jamming as one

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Jahman Brahman brings flaws and all to Dayton By Rusty Pate Photo: Jahman Brahman will play Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on April 17 Live music is a powerful medium. Virtually every other form of art separates the audience from the artist. Film and stage productions have the “fourth wall.” Painters and sculptors usually work behind closed doors […]

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Slight of hand

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Christopher Wright and his Parlour Tricks By Tim Anderl Photo: C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks perform at Blind Bob’s April 19 Margaret Thatcher once said, “I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it should get you […]

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The art of pulling

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Elsinore bring new album PUSH/PULL to Dayton By Zach Rogers Elsinore perform on April 12 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Oliver Peng After a decade of making music and rediscovering both their sound and stability in the process, it finally looks like the members of Champaign, Ill.-based Elsinore have achieved a near-perfect state of balance and […]

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Let’s do the mind warp again

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Gazer to melt faces during Dayton stop By Tim Anderl Photo: Gazer perform on April 11 at Hole in the Wall; photo: Paul Schroder If you weren’t knee deep in the sweaty indie action during the cacophonous and fearsome ’90s, it is probably hard to understand the sheer majestic, and ear-bleed inducing, volume and fury conjured by […]

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Dove-tongued aggressor

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Wino’s Spirit Caravan journeys to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Drummer Henry Vasquez of Spirit Caravan Some things just can’t stay dead and gone, especially great music. Music geeks, in particular, like to dig up treasures of the past, hoping to unlock some amazing sounds from the past and rediscover the magic that was created once […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]