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Jingle bell rock

Nice and naughty Christmas songs that won’t drive you chestnuts  By Tim Anderl   With Thanksgiving just days away, I expect you’ve already been subjected to nearly a month of Christmas songs and holiday favorites. Year after year, in every grocery store, bank or coffee bar, we’re treated – whether we like it or not […]

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Shake the house

Rockstar Pro Arena delivers touring punk and metal to Dayton  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Boston quintet Ramming Speed make their first appearance at Rockstar Pro Arena on Nov. 24 It’s sometimes easy to be dismissive about the lack of national, and even international, touring original music that comes to the Gem City. While the modern […]

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Make a soulful noise

India.Arie at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati By Deon Jefferson   Photo: India.Arie will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Nov. 19 in support of her latest album, SongVersation; photo: Randee St. Nicholas Today’s music industry is filled with many diverse artists. There are only a few who stand out amongst a sea of […]

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Violence has arrived

Gwar ready to battle at Bogart’s By Gary Spencer  Photo: Gwar brings their “bloodiest, sickest disaster” to Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Nov. 7 According to legend, a small group of violent, hate-fueled alien beasts known as the Scumdogs of the Universe once terrorized a galaxy far, far away millions of years ago. But the Scumdogs eventually […]

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Make life pop!

Kris n. releases The Thankful Parade  By Leo DeLuca  Photo: Kris n. will release The Thankful Parade at Canal Street Tavern on Nov. 1; photo: Nikki Stargel Dayton pop band Kris n. will release their new album The Thankful Parade Friday, Nov. 1 at Canal Street Tavern. Joining the revelry will be Motel Beds, Hospital Garden […]

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Cruisin’ for a bruisin’

Garage duo The Holy Smokes play Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer   Photo: [l to r] Joe Dannin and Joey Beach of The Holy Smokes; photo: Sophie Dannin If you didn’t happen to catch their electrifying performance at this year’s Dayton Music Fest, you are in luck because The Holy Smokes, will bring their pummeling performance […]

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Where no band has gone before

Brujas del Sol navigates universe of sounds By Tim Anderl  Photo: Columbus quartet Brujas del Sol plays Blind Bob’s on Friday, Oct. 18; photo: Kelsey Cahoon Brujas del Sol are an audible amalgam of influences that leaves little beyond their musical stratosphere. The Columbus quartet’s sounds are psychedelic, spacey and massive in scope. Krautrock influences leach […]

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The sound of the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel

Dayton Philharmonic highlights New York’s favorite sons By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jonathan Beedle and A.J. Swearingen present the music of Simon & Garfunkel with the DPO on Oct. 11 and 12; photo credit: Chelsea Beedle The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) and Schuster Center present “The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel” Friday, Oct. 11 and […]

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Metal unleashed

Skeletonwitch tours in support of fifth album By Tim Anderl  Photo: Skeltonwitch perform at Newport Music Hall in Columbus on Oct. 7; photo: Magdalena Wolinska When I first encountered Scott Hedrick, he was a quiet and unassuming, shaggy-haired undergrad studying at one of the top journalism schools in the country. (Go Bobcats!) At some point during […]

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Progressive traditionalism

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby find common ground at Taft Theatre  By Rusty Pate   Photo: [l to r] Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Oct. 4 On the surface, a Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby collaboration might not seem to make much sense. Skaggs has spent the […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]