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Vinyl Solution

Melvin Dillon’s Soul Step Records represents the new face of the resurgent vinyl format

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Since founding Cincinnati's all-vinyl Soul Step Records, Melvin Dillon has released LPs by Modoc, Scattered Trees and other artists from all over the country.
  

Still Spinning

The popularity of vinyl, a music format once left for dead, continues to rise

2 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Though some of the reasons for vinyl’s rebirth come down to its trendiness, most listeners still cite the same reasons that have long kept the format alive.  

The 'Q' Stands for 'Quality'

How Queen City Album got its groove back

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
After shutting down its vinyl processing in 1992, 60-plus-year-old Queen City Album (QCA) is back in the vinyl biz with a new plating operation.
  

The All-Spin Zones

Vinyl aficionados share their record collections at venues across Greater Cincinnati

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
All vinyl nights — select evenings at bars and other venues where people come to spin and listen to vinyl records — have their own distinct personality and all are responses to the ongoing revival of interest (and sales) in vinyl records.
  

Wax Dealer

At Northside’s Black Plastic, vinyl is the only thing in stock

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
After years of playing in Cincinnati bands and touring with various bands as a sound man and guitar tech, Steve Schmoll decided to put his energy into the all-vinyl Northside record shop, Black Plastic.
  

Where to Find Vinyl in Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Some of the independent record shops around Greater Cincinnati that stock vinyl  

Seven Cool RSD Vinyl Releases

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A look at just a few of the special vinyl releases being made available this Saturday for Record Store Day 2014
  

Seeds of Change

Urban farming reverses unsustainable practices and cultivates community resources

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Agriculture made the first cities possible — urban agriculture dates back to the first cities formed in Mesopotamia around 3500 B.C. —  so it’s fitting that this ancient concept is now shaping urban areas of the future.  

Your Name Here

Controversial Los Angeles-based organization RAW:NATURAL BORN ARTISTS relaunches a dubious pay-to-play operation in Cincinnati

12 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Is RAW:natural born artists on the cutting edge of artistic empowerment, or is it profiting off the idea that inclusion in its network is the next step to artistic relevance in exchange for a one-time fee? The reality likely lies somewhere in between.
  

Artistic Empowerment: Local Versus Corporate

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Cincinnati offers sundry artistic avenues that successfully empower local artists within their representative milieu, with relatively low costs and proven results.  

Hero's Journey

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates 10 years with newfound financial support and a bold vision for the future

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Leaders at the Freedom Center are celebrating the institution's 10-year anniversary with a new president, a revised budget, a growing number of national and international partnerships and big plans for the future.    

Road to Nowhere

Why a growing number of Cincinnatians struggle to break free from the cycle of poverty

5 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
At Lower Price Hill’s Oyler School, the nurses begin many students’ visits to the school’s expansive medical wing with one question: “Are you hungry?”  

That's Entertainment

Annual CEA show packs Madison Theater for a night of awards, great performances and general debauchery

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Several of the night’s CEA winners gave appreciative acceptance speeches that inadvertently showed just how much they’ve accomplished in the past year, both in their hometown and around the world.   

Top 10 CEA Behind-the-Scenes Secrets

First-time CEA host — and CityBeat Arts & Culture Editor — Jac Kern shares little-known facts about what happens backstage

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The CEAs are a much bigger production than people might assume, and while it might appear that some of us up there were winging it at times (definitely true), we think that’s part of what makes the event great.   

Sundance Kid

Cincinnati native Andre Hyland takes his locally shot short film to Park City

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Andre Hyland is a really funny guy. He’s also a relentlessly creative, DIY-influenced artist who’s spent the last 15 years honing his unique talents through a variety of media.