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The End Times Spasm Band brings early jazz into modern era By Kyle Melton In the early 20th century, the cultural and musical shift brought on by the advent of jazz defined the era. While the form’s rampant evolution quickly moved past its humble origins, its earliest strains continued to reveal themselves as a vibrant […]

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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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News of the weird: 03/24

By Chuck Shepherd Anatomy Class in Court “This will be upsetting,” cautioned Justice Robert Graesser, addressing jurors in February in […]

Chew on this: 03/24

Cooking techniques and skills for healthier lives By Jayne Powers Nutrition is more than being able to pick out healthful […]

Naturally inclined

Slimy, furry outdoor family fun at Brukner Nature Center By Andy Hertel Photo: Hands-on wildlie encounters are part of Brukner Nature […]

The Docket: 03/24

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Oh, the humanity Officers responded to a call […]

Advice Goddess: 3/24

By Amy Alkon The sociopath of least resistance My girlfriend has been hurt, cheated on and even ripped off in […]

News of the weird: 03/17

By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY – Fine points of the law Shooting “upskirt” photos of a 13-year-old girl is not […]