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It’s a small world after all

Chance meeting leads to fruitful collaboration for R. Ring By Tim Anderl photo: [l to r] Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery of R. Ring; photo credit: Chris Glass If it hadn’t been for an altogether different opportunity for musical collaboration, the world may have never known the sonic pleasures of unorthodox rock duo R. Ring.  Introduced […]

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What’s all the fuzz about?

Toledo’s Silent Lions visit Blind Bob’s  By Zach Rogers photo credit:Sara Daneils; Toledo’s Silent Lions: [l to r] Dean Tartaglia and Matt Klein Toledo is a city that, for whatever reason, doesn’t appear on a lot of people’s musical radars. Silent Lions, who are proudly from the aforementioned city, are out to change that and […]

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We are the vultures

Warbeast brings its krushing thrash attack to Bogart’s  By Gary Spencer Photo Credit: Beth Shelby When one thinks about the origins of classic thrash metal from the 1980s, one typically thinks of household names like Anthrax and – before they started to suck –Metallica, and where they came from: in this instance the East Coast […]

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Sweet anticipation

15 forthcoming albums to listen up for in early 2013  By Tim Anderl Your favorite music releases from 2012 are tucked neatly in your record shelves and iTunes library. While 2012 was clearly a year when Top 40 popped, hip-hoppers hip-hopped and metalheads moshed, 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for music […]

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From the mayor’s office to the big top

Jason Webber joins the “Dark Carnival”  By Tim Anderl If interviewing artists and musicians for nearly two decades has left me with nothing else, it has sharpened my radar for spotting self-congratulating, self-important narcissists and finely tuned my bullshit meter. And when I spotted Jason Webber, who I’d not previously met, wearing a Hugh Hefner […]

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Lifting “Lid”

Cricketbows readies ambitious third LP  By Tim Anderl In 2010, Chad Wells experienced a spiritual awakening while awaiting the birth of his second child. The result was his dynamic first album recorded under the Cricketbows moniker. The aural excursions executed on Home defied genre classification and illuminated psychedelic, Americana, folk, country and a variety of […]

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… And the first post-apocalyptic Grammy goes to?

Local musician Dutch Peters readies album to be released in event of Apocalypse  By W.C. Ruffnel “War is just a war/A Ford is just a Ford/When fire rains from the sky/You’ll wish you were in my bunker.” -Dutch Peters, “I’m Prepared” Dutch Peters is no stranger to extenuating circumstances. When was 12, he claims that […]

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Killing it

Pop punk perfectionists State Champs By Tim Anderl Albany, N.Y.’s State Champs are perhaps one of the best and brightest up-and-comers from the latest generation of suburban kids churning out punk inspired pop music. But their sound is bigger and more refined than your average mall punks, because they’re “killing it” every second they’re in […]

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The Devil in the details

Dayton bands discuss their recent releases By Tim Anderl While the bond between fan and band is forged in the music that is burned to CD, pressed to wax, offered digitally or performed in a live setting, a musician or band is married to their music from conception through birth. What many casual listeners overlook […]

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Heroes and villains

Action Camp serves up sunshine and darkness on one electronic platter By Zach Rogers Action Camp constantly contradicts labels and genres. One minute they sound like some sort of futuristic, electronic surf band, the next there’s a sludgy guitar riff that pushes the sunshine right out the door. In the end, it creates a distinct […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

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 […]