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Hot Faux Metallica

ONE Rocks McGuffy’s Metallica Style By Gary Spencer There’s an old saying that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  There is perhaps no other scenario where that saying holds true as much as it does when it comes to tribute bands.  Whereas some tribute acts are merely concerned with sounding like the real […]

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Lions & Lambs

Minneapolis Outfit Communist Daughter Visits South Park Tavern By Kyle Melton Second chances rarely come along. For Communist Daughter frontman, John Solomon, his self-destructive lifestyle in his previous band, Friends Like These, nearly cost him everything. With the inspiration from a young singer named Molly Moore [now his fiancee], Solomon got clean, retreated from city […]

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…And The Wheels Keep Rolling On

And Are Now Recording a New Album By Nick Schwab Music is an art form that is often for disaffected youth. However, the Yellow Springs, Ohio band Wheels works as a sort of counterpoint to this belief. Whether it be Iggy Pop screaming “I Wanna Be Your Dog” or Tupac’s “Thug Life” movement, the rebellion […]

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Rawcake And Bloody Fingers

Calgary’s Mares of Thrace Take A Metal Pilgrimage to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Sometimes the most compelling music comes from unexpected sources.  Enter the two-girl doom metal duo Mares of Thrace.  Hailing from the musically inconspicuous Canadian city of Calgary, the Mares have been honing their own take on the doom and sludge musical […]

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A Little Help from My Friends

New Label and Lineup Enables All Hail The Void By Tim Anderl Ohio lost a huge asset to the heavy music scene when Jeff Lohrber, formerly of Eyes Upon Separation, Harlots, Trap Them and Shai Hulud packed his bags and relocated from Greenville, Ohio to Milwaukee.  Thankfully, his latest band, Enabler, will launch a massive […]

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The Evolution of Musical Style

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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No Regrets

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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Unafraid of the Dark

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

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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Sounds of Violence

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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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]