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Dayton’s Ladyfest

The ladies don’t skirt around at this music festival By Gary Spencer I bet there are quite a few of you out there reading this and wondering, “What exactly is Ladyfest?” Ladyfest is a pancontinental, not-for-profit, music and arts festival that celebrates and showcases local female musicians, visual artists, fashion designers, performance artists and authors […]

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Let me see you smile

Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson comes to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer It’s no secret that America’s rich musical traditions continue serve as fertile material from which countless artists continue to draw. For Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson, most of his life has been spent mining American music and drawing inspiration for his own music. For fans of […]

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Drawing the blinds

Blind Bob’s celebrates its third anniversary By Benjamin Dale & W.C. Ruffnel Many people these days leave Dayton in search of a better life, but others stay and create a better life here. For Nate Mendenhall, general manager of Blind Bob’s bar in the Oregon District, leaving was never an option. Blind Bob’s, for the […]

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This eagle’s not bald

Josh Eagle and his Harvest City vultures By Benjamin Dale These days, in the relentless media climate of categorization, endless genre creation and labeling that often deadens music before the first listen, it is difficult to transcend judgment to be perceived as truly unique. “If I must call it something, I call it Americana Soul,” […]

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RTF on fire

Return to Forever goes back in time at PNC Pavilion By Khalid Moss Jazz is a language through which musicians communicate ideas, images and emotions to each other and to listeners. And, like language, jazz has its own set of clichés, turns of phrase and famous quotations. Pianist Chick Corea knows them all. In an […]

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Undress

Toads and Mice streamline for Dark Party By Kyle Melton In its current state, the music brewing up from the underground of Dayton’s independent rock scene shows exceptional variety for a humble, midwestern town. Over the past few years, Toads and Mice established themselves as one of the most promising young talents, combining harsh dissonance, […]

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Old vs. new

Choosing between online and traditional guitar lessons by Kyle Melton Learning to play any instrument is a potentially daunting task. For anyone seeking to attain rock god status with a guitar in hand, the obstacles abound. From choosing an instrument and maintaining it to learning both basic and advanced skills takes years to master. In […]

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Heedfest: A love story

The ins and outs of the super-secret Robert Pollard fan event by Gary Spencer I’m home working on Thursday, July 7. Around 10:30 p.m. my phone rings. On the other line is my buddy Christopher Warner (aka the Warnz). I can tell he’s slammed a bit much to drink, but I remain patient as he […]

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What’s in a name?

Local musicians combine love of music and animals by Kyle Melton If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, it’s no wonder that so many music lovers name their beloved animals after some element of music. Whether it be naming your cat after a band, as in the case of the Motel Beds’ Darryl […]

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The battle of the Battle of the Bands

Different takes on Dayton’s legendary Battle of the Bands competitions By Benjamin Dale and W.C. Ruffnel If you were to travel anywhere across the country, perhaps even the world, in any given city you would likely come across some sort of band competition promising aspiring musicians fame and fortune of varying degrees. Dayton is no […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]