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What the funk?

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“If some people don’t like funk music then it’s just the wrong time for them. They will get it. It’s addictive,” George Clinton recently told The Guardian. “That’s why they call it dope. It gets you. If you’ve got a booty and you can shake it, you’ve got the funk.” George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic is […]

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Roger Daltrey: the original Tommy himself

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Roger Daltrey has nothing left to prove. He’s a bona fide living legend: lead singer and founder of The Who, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Kennedy Center Honors recipient, among many other awards and accolades. Perhaps most impressive is that with The Who he’s sold over 100 million records and counting. […]

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The return of Judy Blue Eyes

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“I have to tell jokes and keep people laughing… when you sing all those sad songs you have to!” singer Judy Collins tells the Dayton City Paper. Picking up where they left off, folk heroes Judy Collins and Stephen Stills are touring America together this summer. Last year they made an album together and played […]

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Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this year, the VTA held auditions for an intensive singer-songwriter boot camp. The program, called One Small Voice: Women Who Rock, is an engagement project inspired by the Broadway show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. After […]

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Through cracked lenses

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David Sedaris’ dark humor illuminated at Springfield’s Kuss Auditorium The cracked lenses aren’t in David Sedaris’ spectacles… By Allyson B. Crawford We are living through a world of tension. Each day, we all step over political landmines, trying not to destroy what’s left of our friendships and family relationships while remaining true to our own […]

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If Captain Lou Albano could sing…

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Fozzy with wrestler Chris Jericho at Rockstar Fozzy’s high-energy live show (L-R) Billy Grey, Frank Fontsere, Chris Jericho, Rich Ward, Paul Di Leo. Photo: Iron Mike Savoia By Allyson B. Crawford What started as a lark and a cover band has evolved into a rock and roll money-making machine. The guys in Fozzy now find […]

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Hawthorne Heights side project

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The Story Changes at Jimmie’s The Story Changes (L-R) Mark McMillon, Christopher Popadak, and Chris Serafini By Allyson B. Crawford “I fly the Dayton flag all over the world every time I do an interview!” The Story Changes singer and guitarist Mark McMillon tells the Dayton City Paper. “To be a band in Dayton you […]

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A Few Good Men delivers genuine intensity

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Intimate Dayton Playhouse production is suitably lean and mean Col. Nathan Jessep (B. Lee Drew) swears to tell the truth. (Bailiff played by Ron Maurer) By Allyson B. Crawford | Photos By Art Fabian “What I love about community theatre is that it is local,” explains Dayton theatre regular Jennifer Lockwood. “You may find a […]

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Outstanding Warrant

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Metal stalwarts promise ‘Louder Harder Faster’ at BMI Raceway Warrant wants YOU! (L-R) Joey Allen, Jerry Dixon, Robert Mason, Erik Turner, and Steve Sweet By Allyson B. Crawford A lot of people might be surprised to learn that Warrant released an acclaimed new album in May of 2017. For folks that equate Warrant with late […]

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Fun with a K!

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Sons of F.U.N.K. at Middletown’s Old Crow Bar As hype man or behind the kit, Rico Lewis lives for fun(k) By Allyson B. Crawford “Funk is freedom!” Sons of F.U.N.K. bandleader and hype-man Rico Lewis tells the Dayton City Paper. Lewis sat behind the drum kit with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic for 15 years. He’s […]

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One giant leap for gifted women

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The Victoria Theatre’s “One Small Voice: Women Who Rock” project champions female singer-songwriters Valerie Reaper will be running a singer-songwriter boot camp for Dayton-area women who rock By Allyson Crawford Calling all budding female singer-songwriters! The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) wants to help foster female musical talent in the Miami Valley. The VTA is holding […]

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The things that she is made of

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Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Dayton Mary Chapin Carpenter; photo: Aaron Farrington By Allyson Crawford Mary Chapin Carpenter is a different kind of songstress. She’s not so much straight country anymore but more so evolved in to her own lane. She’s a storyteller first and has a knack for creating melodies that highlight the ebb […]

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Living the good life

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Marshall Tucker Band brings southern charm to Clark State Community College (L-R) B.B. Borden, Rick Willis, Doug Gray, Marcus James Henderson, Tony Black, Chris Hicks; photo: Marshall Tucker Band By Allyson B. Crawford “We’re nothing special, we’re just a bunch of guys that get together and make people smile and have a good time,” Doug […]

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Dayton City Paper ‘Audible’ writers present…

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The 2017 sizzling summer mixtape   Allyson B. Crawford | Crazy Lixx “Hunter of the Heart” What could be sexier than a 2017 track that sounds like it is straight out of 1987? Crazy Lixx formed in Sweden in 2002, and they’ve stayed true to their goal of creating music full of anthemic riffs and gang-choruses. “Hunter of […]

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Scream your own luck

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Cincinnati’s Ethicist returns ‘brootal’ to Blind Bob’s Ethicist’s (l-r) Michael Wojtkiewicz, Chad Snowden, Johnny Finger, and Scott Stevens; photo: Adam Weeden By Allyson B. Crawford When you think of post-black metal, what comes to mind? Norwegians in corpse paint? What about Midwesterners with beards and day jobs? For Cincinnati-based band Ethicist, it’s definitely the latter. […]

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Come as you are

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Kinky Boots fits everyone at the Schuster Center Photo: Kinky Boots struts into the Schuster Center May 23-28; photo: Matthew Murphy By Allyson B. Crawford When someone says “Broadway,” Cyndi Lauper isn’t necessarily a name you think of. But maybe it should be. Lauper, the ’80s hit-maker, along with Harvey Fierstein, created Kinky Boots, a […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]