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Is It Real? Is It Memorex?

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The Implications of New Holographic Stage Technology in Performance By Ben Dale I was sitting alone in a dark and dank basement on the East End, half-drunk and hoarse-voiced, listening to Blizzard of Ozz, which, for those who don’t know, was The Prince of Darkness’ first post-Sabbath record, and also one of two albums Ozzy […]

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Speaking of Mac Miller

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Criticism, In An Age When Criticism is Dead By Ben Dale Mac Miller is finding unlikely success as a white rapper in a hip-hop culture that normally excludes such anomalies.  Boosh. Though the idea is a rehash, there is something markedly different about Mr. Miller, a certain je ne sais quoi that distinguishes him from […]

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Occupy Black Friday

DCP writer Benjamin Dale at the Occupy Dayton Camp on November 25. Photo courtesy of Tyler Lukacs.

A DCP writer spends the day at the Occupy Dayton camp By Benjamin Dale Belief is a funny thing, and it can often make people behave in noble, albeit misunderstood ways.  Some say the true measure of belief is how much one is willing to suffer for it.  And as the grey shadow of winter […]

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May the beard be with you

Gem City Gentlemen of the Gilded Beard: Saving the world from social tyranny, one beard at a time By Benjamin Dale In our so-called “civilized state,” in this, the modern age, beards are seen as something of an anachronism. A relic from our unwashed past in the primordial soup, a beard is thought uncouth or […]

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One if by land…

Squid the Whale swims in to Dayton By Benjamin Dale Squid the Whale. A whale named Squid. The name evokes images of an identity crisis similar to the story of a boy named Sue. I imagine a giant killer whale, ostracized from his ultrasonic peers, who only finds refuge among the bottom dwellers and lowly […]

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Put the pot on

Yellow Springs’ Blue Moon Soup to appear at Canal Street Tavern By Benjamin Dale Greater Dayton is blessed with not only one thriving music scene, the envy of other cities of similar size, but also boasts a distinct yet complementary music scene in the neighboring hamlet of Yellow Springs. While the Dayton scene continues to […]

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A day in the life of Mitch Mitchell

We gotta make it live: One GBV fanboy’s dream realized By Benjamin Dale Guided By Voices probably means more to this town than any other rock band in the Gem City’s history. In case you’ve been living with your ears closed for the past 30 years, or you’re new to the area, Guided By Voices […]

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Guided by Voices set to release new album

So the cat’s out of the bag.  Rumors have been circulating around Dayton for a while now, but today it’s official:  Guided By Voices has recorded a new album.  It’s set for release on New Year’s Day, 2012 — the first day of the last year of the end of the world.  Forget the studio […]

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Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun a rising star

Future for Atlanta-based rockers looks bright By Benjamin Dale Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun, the indie-electro rockers from Atlanta, are set to take the stage with Dayton’s Oh Condor and Grey Leaves, along with Belle Historie from Cincinnati at Blind Bob’s Friday, September 16. DCP got the chance to chat with Micah Silverman, Today […]

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The one-eyed festival

Local handmade enthusiasts and music lovers make Cyclops Fest a reality in Yellow Springs By Benjamin Dale The legend of the Cyclops begins in ancient Greece. One-eyed giants with foul dispositions, Cyclops are thought to have crafted and then given Zeus his thunderbolt, Poseidon his trident and Hades his invisibility helmet. Though the Cyclops is […]

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The 8th Annual Dayton Music Fest

Clean out your ears: Dayton Music Fest is throwing down with two days of local music By Benjamin Dale   It all boils down to religion. The Catholic Church invented the chords. The pagans invented the festivals. The exuberance is uniquely human. Some people go to church; others go to the synagogue. Still others trek […]

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I pledge allegiance

Washington D.C.’s These United States march into Canal Street Tavern By Benjamin Dale It’s an interesting thing to watch when a band verges on the border between obscurity and fame, between struggling to make it and finally quitting that day job. Washington D.C. outfit These United States stand poised to make the transition, garnering critical […]

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A Rasta monster

The Dayton Reggae Festival is a celebration of music and art By Benjamin Dale Few can resist the inexorable pull of reggae. The sheer joy and exuberance conveyed via smooth, offbeat drumming and rollicking basslines remain an unrivaled concoction for good vibes, mon. Originating in 1960s Jamaica, reggae took cues from the Caribbean styles of […]

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Drawing the blinds

Blind Bob’s celebrates its third anniversary By Benjamin Dale & W.C. Ruffnel Many people these days leave Dayton in search of a better life, but others stay and create a better life here. For Nate Mendenhall, general manager of Blind Bob’s bar in the Oregon District, leaving was never an option. Blind Bob’s, for the […]

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Front Row: Surfer Blood, Boots Electric and Cake

Surfer Blood, Boots Electric and Cake LC Pavilion, Columbus Somehow every time I go to Columbus, hassles overtake my plans and usually ruin my day. The same thing happens in Cincinnati because all roads seem to lead to Over-The-Rhine and the accompanying unwelcome advances from streetwalkers. I digress. On Friday, August 12, I packed myself […]

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This eagle’s not bald

Josh Eagle and his Harvest City vultures By Benjamin Dale These days, in the relentless media climate of categorization, endless genre creation and labeling that often deadens music before the first listen, it is difficult to transcend judgment to be perceived as truly unique. “If I must call it something, I call it Americana Soul,” […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]