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Salt, sketches, caves and cosy cushions

Four foreign records for the fall By Benjamin Smith So the serpent has been slain – the venomous, endless summer of 2012. Somehow we survived the toil and trouble. Zounds! Let us now bask in the crisp calm of autumn. There’s a turbulent election coming of course, but hush: we need a break from chaos. […]

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Strange Waves

New sounds from across the pond By Benjamin Smith Your writer is getting married to a wonderful woman on Sept. 7. One of the countless wedding details we’ve obsessed over this summer together concerns the reception setlist. I’m pretty pleased with the final selection: Beatles, Motown, James Brown, disco-era Rolling Stones, early Madonna and even […]

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30 years of historic entertainment

The Fair at New Boston By Benjamin Smith When thinking about the American Revolution, the words “Miami Valley” may not automatically spring to mind – yet our region has surprising connections to the War for Independence. The Gem City’s namesake, Jonathan Dayton, served in the conflict; Dayton’s Wayne Avenue and St. Clair Street are named […]

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Strange Waves

New sounds from across the pond By Benjamin Smith I’m no Nostradamus. Yet I do predict that one night, while sipping absinthe on the Trolley Stop patio, a local musician will question me about this column’s value (or lack thereof). The inquisitor appears hazy in my vision, but I see…yes…I see that he can pass […]

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Strange Waves

Sounds from Fixers, Marty Graveyard, Benjamin Herman and Hot Chip By Benjamin Smith Forsooth, an awful funk permeates our city, radiating the attitudinal stench of some decaying river-beast. Dayton lies stagnant in the summer doldrums. You can spy it in our scowls, perceive it in our pissant Facebook posts: ennui, apathy, listlessness. Methinks we need […]

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Strange Waves

New Sounds from Across the Pond By Benjamin Smith Your writer turns 36 on June 15. Now, I don’t expect anything at all from Dayton on this occasion—except a massive music festival. Alas, other than certain local favorites, who would perform? Oasis is done, the Interpol chaps don’t return my phone calls, and I’m pretty […]

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A Lust for Good Sound

New Albums to Enjoy This Spring By Benjamin Smith I dig sex. Sex is good (usually). It is also synonymous with this season, at least in my mind: warmer weather, less clothing, longer nights. Listen to the birdsong at dawn — you know why the robins chirp. Nature is buzzed and ready to get some. […]

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Strange, Over the Status Quo

In An Age Of Automatic Factory Pop By Benjamin Smith During high school I played guitar in a three-piece called Mystical Penis. We were terrible. Striving to emulate Pink Floyd, we somehow produced porn music. We also rarely practiced, and performed live only once – in my parents’ backyard for my graduation party. Being 18, […]

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Strange Waves

New Albums for a New Season Benjamin Smith Let me tell you something, Daytonians: spring is overrated. Sure, I like the idea of rebirth as much as the next guy, but this season is also synonymous with violence, crap weather and terrible fashion. Spring is the lunatic you screw before having a fling with the […]

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Strange waves

New releases worth a listen By Benjamin Smith 2012 has ushered in many new things, including this column about new (or relatively new) music. Critics might say that Dayton needs another music column like it needs another economic downturn or weird bar, and perhaps they would be right. But I’ll try to provide at least […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]