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Five become one

Hawthorne Heights plays rare hometown show By Gary Spencer Photo: Dayton’s Hawthorne Heights play hometown show at Rockstar Pro Arena on Dec. 14 Since their humble beginnings as local band A Day in the Life, the band that would become known as Hawthorne Heights in 2001 has seen its trials and tribulations over its decade-plus existence. […]

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A song for Jeremy

Tribute to fallen local musician and friend  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Blind Bob’s hosts a tribute to Jeremy Frederick [shown here with Let’s Crash in the late 1990s] on Saturday, Dec. 7 Billy Shakespeare once said, “All the world is a stage and we all must play a part.” However, I don’t think even Shakespeare […]

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Phrase and fable

Dark Backward CD release at Oregon Express  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Local artpunk quartet Dark Backward release their new album at Oregon Express Nov. 30 Dark Backward know their music and they know Dayton. Made up of guitarists Eric Purtle and Jeff Brelsford, bassist Max Nye and drummer Jim Ingram, the quartet are all scene […]

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Starman lands In Dayton

The Second Coming of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at Gilly’s By Benjamin Smith  Photo: JJ Parkey leads the Spiders from Mars as Ziggy Stardust at Gilly’s on Nov. 23; photo: Tracy Mallott It’s probably safe to say that, musically speaking, Dayton would not be considered a “postmodern” city. (Some critics might not even […]

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Isn’t he Lovely?

Dayton bros reunite to rock Blind Bob’s  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Lovely bring their Dayton-bred post-rock sound to Blind Bob’s on Friday, Nov. 15; photo: Amanda Sanborn While there is certainly something to be said for discovering a new group of musical comrades and the pleasant surprises that come with making music with a new […]

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Gem City son

Dayton native Lou Barlow re-launches Sebadoh, plays Columbus By Leo DeLuca   Photo: Sebadoh will perform in Columbus on Nov. 14; [l to r] Bob D’Amico, Jason Lowenstein and Lou Barlow Dayton-born Lou Barlow – founding member of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. – plays Thursday, Nov. 14 at The Basement in Columbus, Ohio. Lou will be […]

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Just what the doctor ordered

Dr. Dog to play Newport Music Hall in Columbus By Justin Kreitzer  Photo: Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog perform in support of their new album, B-Room, at Newport Music Hall in Columbus on Thursday, Nov. 7; Photo: Nicky Devine Earlier this month, Philadelphia-based retro-rockers Dr. Dog released their excellent new album, B-Room, via ANTI- Records to great praise. […]

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Getting bitten

Lazer/Wulf deliver technical metal with teeth By Tim Anderl  Photo: Experimental/metal trio Lazer/Wulf perform at the Rockstar Pro Arena on Friday, Oct. 25 Tipped off to Atlanta/Athens, Ga. trio Lazer/Wulf’s metal chops and technical prowess by Kylesa vocalist/guitarist Phillip Cope, who has been working behind the boards with the band on their forthcoming full-length, the experimental, […]

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The more I love you

Neko Case visits Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre By Leo DeLuca  Photo: Neko Case will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Oct. 22; photo: Neko Case Neko Case will play Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in support of her new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder […]

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Ffunny expectations

Unknown Mortal Orchestra turn on and tune in Columbus By Zach Rogers Photo: Neo-psych band Unknown Mortal Orchestra will perform at Ace of Cups in Columbus on Oct. 18; photo: Neil Krug The past two years have been nothing short of a whirlwind experience for Ruban Nielson and his band Unknown Mortal Orchestra. After a relentless […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]