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The allure of album artwork Truth: the term rock n’ roll is a thinly veiled metaphor for sex dating back to blues artists of the early 20th century. It’s no wonder then that countless rock songs pay homage to all manner of extracurricular activities and the music itself has driven countless generations wild with carnal […]

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The DCP Sizzlin’ Summer Sex Mixtape

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In keeping on theme for our first annual Sizzlin’ Summer Sex edition, we tasked our music writers to each contribute a track for our own special mixtape. While certainly there is more than one way to reach the palace of delights, depending on your mood and other inclinations, feel free to compile these tracks in […]

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Let us tell you about the birds and the bees

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‘The Dawn Of The Deed’ looks at the ancient act of getting ass By Benjamin Smith   Photo: The provocative prehistoric cover art for John A. Long’s look at the evolution of sex, “The Dawn of the Deed” The life of a writer can be bizarre. To produce content for this fine paper, I have […]

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Learn, dance and raise a glass!

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12th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: Gaelic Storm returns to headline the 12th Annual Dayton Celtci Festival at Riverscape the weekend of July 26-28   What springs to mind when you see the word “Celtic”? Ireland. Scotland, possibly. Red hair. Ancient warriors. Mandolins and bagpipes. Maybe even a certain basketball team with a […]

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The thrill remains

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The 28th Annual Michelob Dayton Blues Festival  By Benjamin Smith Photo by: Longtime regional blues favorites Cincinnati Slim & the Headhunters return to headline the Dayton Blues Festival on July 21 Earl “Southside” Hayes’ love affair with the blues began with a single song. It then bloomed with a case of mistaken identity. “I went to […]

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Certainly cool (but not necessarily ‘smooth’)

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Guitarist Peter White at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: Guitarist Peter White joins the Summer Breeze Jazz Tour at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 He has probably never set a Fender Stratocaster on fire à la Jimi Hendrix, or been called “God,” like Eric Clapton, but make no mistake: Peter White is a […]

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Sunday of swing

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31st Annual Michelob Women In Jazz Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: The Petra Van Nuis Quartet headlines the Women in Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 23; [l to r] guitarist Andy Brown, vocalist Petra Van Nuis 1982 was an interesting year for music. Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat, The Who held a formal […]

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Swing into summertime!

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The Ron Jones Quartet at the Dayton Art Institute By Benjamin Smith Photo: Saxophonist Ron Jones brings his quartet to Dayton Art Institute on Thursday, June 13 Live jazz performances are electric – even illuminating. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that energy giant Vectren has sponsored the Dayton Art Institute’s annual Jazz & Beyond concert series […]

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History, asbestos and genitalia

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Christian Finnegan at Funny Bone By Benjamin Smith Photo: Comedian Christian Finnegan will perform at the Dayton Funny Bone May 23-26 If you are either (A) a pop culture enthusiast or (B) a blob that slumps on the couch all day eating Doritos and watching television while your self-respect shrivels up like an old man’s salami, […]

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Jazz blues in the city of funk

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Wade Baker at Jazz Central and Tumbleweed By Benjamin Smith photo: Wade Baker bridges the gap between jazz and blues on May 2 and 3; photo credit: jcaptures.com On April 28, 1960, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded a seminal four-track album entitled Leeway. Not only did this record earn contemporary critical acclaim, but decades after its […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]