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Excellent Citizenship

Electric Citizen marks its first year together with a debut EP and unexpected CEA nods

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
For a band that’s been active on the scene for less than a year, Electric Citizen draws on tons of history.
  

From "Eww" to "Ooh"

Pop Goes the Evil embraces the lightness and the darkness in its “pleasantly, pleasurably sadistic songs”

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Pop Goes the Evil isn’t afraid of the taboo. Murder, isolation, sex, jealousy, profanity, self-examination — you name it, they touch on it.
  

Known Pleasures

Inspired by the Beats, other local musicians and early Post Punk, Mardou made waves in 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Mardou calls its music “Post Punk/Noise Pop shit,” which is as good a descriptor as any. The fresh-faced local quartet had a fruitful 2013, dropping a pair of addictive EPs that recall myriad sonic antecedents (most notably Joy Division and Sonic Youth) yet are intriguing enough on their own to yield genuine excitement about what these guys might conjure going forward.
  

Be Tweens

National attention for Tweens promises to continue in 2014 with their debut album release

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
When Bridget Battle contemplates the question of what she considers to be the high points of the past year for Tweens, she flips through a mental Rolodex of memories that have been forged with such volume and intensity it’s easy to see that they’ve not yet been cataloged or quantified. “It’s so hard to go back and sometimes we don’t even have time to stop and be like, ‘Whoa,’” she says.
  

Sterling Archer's

On its debut album, Archer’s Paradox smartly combines a sharp Pop sensibility with the members’ varied influences

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Archer’s Paradox formed in 2012, and it wasn’t long before the newly minted six-piece was making a name for itself, grabbing a slot at the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival and earning a growing number of converts.
  

Livingood, and the Music is Easy

Austin Livingood breaks away from Belle Histoire to create a pair of stunning EPs

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
In 2013, Belle Histoire’s Jane Smith planted new musical seeds with her solo venture Decker while insisting Belle Histoire was merely on hiatus. But when guitarist Austin Livingood stepped up to the solo plate last summer and knocked his debut EP, The Weightless Anchor: By Plane (I), out of the park, the writing was on the wall.  

More Great New Artists to Watch in 2014

ADM, Little Lights, Molly Sullivan and Injecting Strangers join CEA New Artist nominees at Best New Bands showcase

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Check out four more great new artists to watch in 2014 — ADM, Molly Sullivan, Little Lights and Injecting Strangers.
  

Best New Bands 2014

A look at some of Greater Cincinnati’s top artists to watch in 2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Local music has been a priority at CityBeat ever since the paper was founded almost 20 years ago. And a huge part of that focus has been on new artists, the lifeblood of any strong music scene. Judging by the new artists who grabbed our attention in 2013, the future of the Greater Cincinnati music scene is in very good hands.  

Good Hair Day

Beauty stylists primp for another "Art of" blockbuster

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Is The Art of Hair a quiet beauty compared with the hungry beast that is the Carnegie Center’s highly anticipated annual show The Art of Food? Nope. It’s a monster, too.   

Here Comes 'The Book of Mormon'

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
It’s time for Cincinnatians to fasten their seatbelts, since this entertaining but overtly offensive Broadway musical The Book of Mormon opens next week at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati.   

The Book of Eli's

A man, a plan and a $5 sandwich

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Back in early 2011, there was a guy making pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches on Fountain Square in the worst weather ever. During the coldest, wettest spring in memory, followed by the hottest, driest, most unbearable summer, this curly-haired, fair-skinned, fully sunburned guy stood over a blazing flattop grill, heating up scoops of hickory-smoked pork shoulder, cutting up the big chunks with a pizza slicing wheel.   

Warm Winter Reading

Stay cozy this winter with compelling literary work from Cincinnati and beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
It's super cold outside and all your favorite HBO shows are ending their seasons. Don't worry — people used to entertain themselves in other ways, like reading great books.
  

Sisters in Striptease

From silly to sexy, the women of Cin City Burlesque entertain in a truly unique fasion

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The art of the peel. The striptease. The shimmy-and-shake. Whatever you want to call it, burlesque has played a role in American culture since the late 19th century.    

Cincinnati's Brewing Renaissance

Local craft breweries aim to reclaim the Queen City's title as King of Beers

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Whether you’re interested in checking out the breweries, sampling their eclectic beers or filling up your growler and heading for home, these local breweries promise to make the future of Cincinnati brewing just as respected as its storied past.  

Disturbing the Peace

A metaphysical feud is causing tension between two very different stewards of Serpent Mound

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The Serpent’s great debate continues as it challenges a colorful group of experts that include archeologists, geologists, anthropologists, astrologists, paleontologists, fringe scientists, and “archaeoastronomists.” And the quest to answer the Serpent Mound mystery has sparked a present day stand-off between Native Americans and “New Agers.”