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Riddle of the Sphinx

Akron’s Ultrasphinx at Canal Public House by Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ultrasphinx will play at Canal Public House on July 2; photo: Geoff Hill Ultrasphinx, from Akron, are an awesome band. Stringing together ringing, math-y guitar riffs, pulsing, distorted bass and tight drum rhythms, Ultrasphinx sounds like they’ve just stepped out of a time machine directly from […]

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Sounds of summer

Four picks to sizzle your speakers By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: La Sera // Hour of the Dawn // Hardly Art   La Sera // Hour of the Dawn // Hardly Art Former Vivian Girl Katy Goodman turns up the noise on Hour of The Dawn, the third album from her project, La Sera. In […]

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A romp in the swamp

A day of blues and Cajun at Fraze Pavilion By Brandon Semler Photo: Ellie Lee & Blues Fury will open the Swamp Romp Blues Fest at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Ben Robinson | Schlegel Creative The bluesy, bayou jamfest Swamp Romp Blues Fest will hit Fraze Pavillion on Sunday, June 22. The free, all-day festival will feature […]

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Bring on the heavy

Swarm at Canal Public House By Allyson Crawford Photo: Swarm will perform on June 14 at Canal Public House “We jump around and have a good time, but we’re definitely serious about the music we’re playing,” Scott Bodine of Swarm told Dayton City Paper. “It’s a good live show and we sound just like the record.” […]

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You can’t corral this pony

Detroit’s Electric Six plays Southgate House Revival By Leo DeLuca Photo: Electric Six perform on June 6 at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky. “Detroit has always been a fantastic place to be an artist or a musician because of the economic ruin,” said Dick Valentine, the front-man and founder of Electric Six, a Motor City-based […]

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Getting down for good

Gem City Get Down’s charity dance party By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Andy “Feo” Espino “gets down” at Blind Bob’s; photo: Carol Watson Everybody knows Dayton is a city that loves a good party; but what if I told you there is a hip-hop dance party, complete with the requisite DJs and breakdancers, you could really feel […]

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Your May playlist

Four Spring releases to sink your teeth into By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records   The War on Drugs //  Lost in the Dream // Secretly Canadian Records The War on Drugs delivers enveloping ambient Heartland rock on its third superb album, Lost in the Dream. […]

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Everyone needs a little me time

Dayton’s Me Time album release By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Andy Smith [left] and Kyle Melton [right] of Me Time; photo: Jordan Frei Me Time is the new band from the prolific Dayton-based singer-songwriter Andy Smith, who has recently played in the acclaimed bands King Elk and Andrew & the Pretty Punchers. Smith is joined by another […]

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Seasons in exile

Lysura bring black metal rituals back home By Gary Spencer Photo: Lysura perform Friday, May 2 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Luke Ryan; Dread Pirate Photography For many musicians who grew up in the Gem City or honed their skills here in Dayton, eventually the time comes when a new environment becomes necessary. This can take the […]

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Busy music

Dayton’s Zuel to rage upon Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Zuel perofm at Blind Bob’s on April 25; photo: Tom Wilson Since 2009, Zuel has been bringing their brand of thick, intricate metal to headbangers hungry for something different. Though broadly describable simply as metal, this umbrella term does not do the group justice, as […]

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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 […]