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Meat Loaf’s Hell In A Handbasket

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By Jason Webber So it’s come to this — from Bat Out of Hell, to Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, to Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose to, finally, Hell In A Handbasket. At this point, the album should’ve been called Meat Loaf: Shut the Hell Up. Thirty five […]

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Raising a Ruckus

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Dan Haug’s “Take Me To A Disco” Poised to Make You Sweat By Tim Anderl In February, Dayton City Paper previewed local bands and artists to watch in 2012.  One such artist was Kettering-based beatsmith Dan Haug, aka Ruckus Roboticus, who is toiling in his home studio finishing a full-length record, Phantom Of The Disco, […]

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The Evolution of Musical Style

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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

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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 …

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]