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The Evolution of Musical Style

Four Decades of Bill Kirchen By Nick Schwab It has often been said that no man can do well at something that he doesn’t love. It should almost be a law or even a divine mandate in the self-help guide to living a well-lived life. This is evident when talking to roots-rocker Bill Kirchen. It […]

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We Sing Electric

Cleveland Duo Mr. Gnome Returns to Blind Bob’s By Kyle Melton Having spent the better part of a decade together, carving out a unique musical niche, Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome earned a slew of accolades with their most recent effort, Madness in Miniature (El Marko Records) from the likes of Rolling Stone, Magnet and NPR. […]

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Come On, Hit Me … Hit Me Again …

When It’s Okay to Start Swinging By Jordan Terrell With a cobra cane as a crutch, Joe Miller, owner of Vision MMA Dayton, paces around the worn mats giving advice on punching techniques as Travis Thaxton and Mike Powell spar. Vision Dayton, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gym, is currently under transformation. The gym moved […]

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No Regrets

No Apologies As Bela Fleck Progresses By Nick Schwab With all the different styles of music and the various sub-genres, there are infinite sounds in music. From punk to ambient to space rock and jazz, the mixes between the genres and subgenres are endless. There are also different ways one goes about making it. Musicians […]

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Season of Black Reign

Brooklyn’s Mutilation Rites Brings Black Metal Dementia to Dayton By Gary Spencer While there is a lot of good heavy metal being produced locally, it seems lately that more and more nationally known touring acts are finally coming to play in the Gem City.  While this is far from a bad thing, one thing Dayton […]

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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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Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]

25 years, 25,000 acres

Tecumseh Land Trust, local artists partner in natural landscapes exhibition By Tara Pettit Photo: Steven Walker, The Other Side of […]