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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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Happy Accidents

Water Liars Make No Mistake with Stunning Debut By Tim Anderl Some of music’s greatest achievements are happy accidents.  The right musicians, in the right place at a time when the planets and melodies align in a way that produces soul-singing, is destined to tickle the ears and hearts of listeners.  Recorded on a whim, […]

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Strange Waves

New Albums for a New Season Benjamin Smith Let me tell you something, Daytonians: spring is overrated. Sure, I like the idea of rebirth as much as the next guy, but this season is also synonymous with violence, crap weather and terrible fashion. Spring is the lunatic you screw before having a fling with the […]

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They Will Rock You

Dayton Philharmonic Teams with Londoners to Perform Queen By Tim Anderl Imagine you are in England’s Wembley Stadium in 1986.  The roar of the crowd gives way to the monstrous sound of thousands of feet and hands stomping and clapping in unison: stomp, stomp, clap, stomp, stomp, clap … In a performance sure to ignite […]

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Young The Giant

Straddling the Line Between Alternative and Mainstream By Alan Sculley As Young The Giant starts a headlining tour this winter, singer Sameer Ghadia knows the band has come a long way since the release of its self-titled CD in January 2011. “Last year at this time we had a headlining run (of shows) and we […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]