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Standing With The Rank And File

Anti-Flag Empowers People with Punk Music By Tim Anderl The roots of punk music have always intersected with politics.  Meant to be a headache for power and imperialism, political punk bands combine volume, attitude and commentary meant to infuriate, inspire and instigate grass-roots action aimed at change. Pennsylvania punk band Anti-Flag picked up this torch […]

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Gaining Speed

Sweden’s Truckfighters Bring High-energy Fuzz Rock to Dayton By Gary Spencer In the dog-eat-dog world of music most bands never make it to a level of international acclaim and recognition, and even for the ones that do, to climb their way out of obscurity sometimes takes years.  One such band is Swedish trio Truckfighters, an […]

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Young The Giant

Straddling the Line Between Alternative and Mainstream By Alan Sculley As Young The Giant starts a headlining tour this winter, singer Sameer Ghadia knows the band has come a long way since the release of its self-titled CD in January 2011. “Last year at this time we had a headlining run (of shows) and we […]

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Genticorum’s Quebecois

A Modern Twist on Ancient Music By Khalid Moss Some folks think you need a bitchin’ rhythm section to make the music soar. They want to feel the deep thud of a bass, the bad-ass kick of the drum and the rhythmical shadings of a keyboard or guitar. Well, if that’s what floats your boat, […]

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Beating the Winter Blues

Talking with Jeff Hill and The Dayton Blues Society By Khalid Moss For his fulltime day job, Daytonian Jeff Hill — a bespectacled gentleman with chrome braces anchoring his teeth — is a logistics engineer for Wright State University who occasionally travels to exotic locations to troubleshoot for the commanders at Wright Patterson Air Force […]

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Heartless Bastards Spread Stylistic Wings

New Album, New Musical Vision By Alan Sculley Some listeners considered The Mountain, the 2009 CD from the group the Heartless Bastards, a musical departure for the group. Yes, there were still plenty of garage-ish rock moments that carried over from the group’s first two CDs. But on The Mountain, Heartless Bastards singer/guitarist and songwriter […]

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Poison and Fire

Architects of Doom Find A Niche in the Dayton Metal Scene By Gary Spencer Many people reading this probably don’t know about Dayton-based heavy metal quartet Architects of Doom … yet.  Relative newcomers to the Dayton metal scene, A.O.D. has only been active for roughly a year now and even in that short period of […]

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Of Cloak and Dagger

Customer Service is Tattoo Shop’s Secret Weapon By Tim Anderl For the majority of people interested in having their bodies tattooed, choosing the artist who will accomplish the work is a decision that carries major weight.  Whether an artist listens during the design phase, is technically proficient, is safe and clean or even is male […]

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Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas

By Jason Webber Decades after eating Chinese oranges with Suzanne, waxing poetic about torn blue raincoats and predicting a future that is “murder,” 77-years young Leonard Cohen has lived and loved enough for three lifetimes. But his new album Old Ideas proves that the self-described “lazy bastard in a suit” will not be going quietly […]

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The Big Pink’s Future This and 4AD Records

By Jason Webber Once upon a time, in the late ’80s/early ’90s to be exact, there was a magical world called 4AD Records, a mystical land where Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins and other creatures played melodic and dreamy alternative music that touched the souls of millions of misfit listeners. But as the years passed, a […]

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The Docket: 09/01

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee  Frenemies A man hailed a police cruiser and said he had just […]

Advice Goddess: 8/25

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

Worth your salt

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

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 […]

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; […]