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Speaking of Mac Miller

Criticism, In An Age When Criticism is Dead By Ben Dale Mac Miller is finding unlikely success as a white rapper in a hip-hop culture that normally excludes such anomalies.  Boosh. Though the idea is a rehash, there is something markedly different about Mr. Miller, a certain je ne sais quoi that distinguishes him from […]

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Burn Down The System To Build One Anew

Moving From A Major Label Reveals Van Hunts’ Heart By Nick Schwab “I just moved on,” says Dayton soul artist Van Hunt when he tells of his shift from working with a major label to being an independent artist. If one were to research the story of the Blue Note label shelving his still-not-officially released […]

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Pure Imagination

Michael Bashaw, Sō Percussion and DECA Students Collaborate for One-of-a-kind Performance By Tim Anderl Walking through the dusty hallways of the a former sewing machine factory, the more than a century old building where Michael Bashaw keeps his studio, it is difficult to imagine the wondrously inventive sculptures, installations, collaborations and music that have taken […]

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Strange, Over the Status Quo

In An Age Of Automatic Factory Pop By Benjamin Smith During high school I played guitar in a three-piece called Mystical Penis. We were terrible. Striving to emulate Pink Floyd, we somehow produced porn music. We also rarely practiced, and performed live only once – in my parents’ backyard for my graduation party. Being 18, […]

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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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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]

Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take […]

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve

A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has […]

news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage […]

The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet […]

Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]