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We Built This Old City

Piece by piece, Old City has come together to become one of Cincinnati’s sonic powerhouses

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
After issuing a trio of EPs since 2012 — originally on old school cassettes — and a live album back in January, the current incarnation of Cincinnati’s Old City concluded it was time for a proper full-length release.
  

The Perfect Children Deliver on Debut Album

Plus, the Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival returns to OTR

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Cincinnati Garage Soul/Roots group The Perfect Children capture the essence of their electrifying live shows on Get Me Mine and the Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival returns, this year centralized in Washington Park.
  

Gin Blossoms

Wednesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Gin Blossoms blew up and deflated quickly, going from mondo-selling MTV staples behind the relentlessly catchy single "Hey Jealousy" — an era-defying Power Pop oasis in a desert of Grunge — to extinct by 1997.   

The Polyphonic Spree

Thursday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In these mean and vulnerable times, a little light is a rare and welcomed event. The Polyphonic Spree is more than happy to break up the clouds and provide a few glorious patches of musical sunshine.   

Kongos

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
From father to sons, Kongos is no mere family name, it’s a sound that moves your feet and soul. Come with them now, indeed.  

Bob Log III with Pop Goes the Evil

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
If Bob Log III didn’t exist, no one would invent him because no one is bat-shit crazy enough to think his psychotronic one-man-band concept could actually work.
  

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Friday • Whispering Beard Folk Festival

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Michael Cleveland is simply one of the best fiddlers in the world. Cleveland will be a part of a big three-day lineup (Friday-Sunday) at the Whispering Beard Folk Festival in Friendship, Ind., which also includes The Fairfield Four.   

Paul Giamatti Isn't THAT Good

Plus, Public Enemy sells sunglasses and Gene Simmons remains an asshat

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Acclaimed actor Paul Giamatti has been cast in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, though not as Ice Cube, Public Enemy demurely shills a new pair of shades and Gene Simmons of KISS calls depressed suicidal people putzes who should just kill themselves, then clarifies he just meant the drug-addicted ones.
  

Making Big Daddy Proud

Cedric Burnside carries on a family tradition of Mississippi Hill Country Blues

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Cedric Burnside learned how to play the Blues at the side of his legendary grandfather, R.L. Burnside. Since then, Cedric has gone on to win four Blues Music Awards for Best Instrumentalist: Drummer, including this year. His current band is the Cedric Burnside Project, featuring guitarist Trent Ayers. The duo’s latest album is Hear Me When I Say.   

Fateful Twists

After enduring numerous challenges, Escape The Fate is burning up the road in support of Ungrateful

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
After being out of the spotlight for a couple years, Escape the Fate is using touring — including dates on this year's Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival — to reintroduce itself.  

Umin Celebrates Hypnotic New Release

Plus, Bummers Eve announce recording projects, UnityFest 2014 helps the homeless and Festival on the Lake showcases local music

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
ElectroAcoustic project umin celebrates a new full-length release, clast, Bummers Eve announce forthcoming recording projects, UnityFest 2014 helps the homeless and Alexandria's Festival on the Lake showcases local music.
  

The Black Dahlia Murder with Goatwhore, Beverly Hellfire and Apex

Thursday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Trying to pin a sound on The Black Dahlia Murder (BDM) is almost as tricky as tracking the band’s membership over the course of its 13-year history.  

Nashville Pussy with Fifth on the Floor

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
There can’t be too many people in Rock’s vast audience who are scratching their heads and wondering why Nashville Pussy isn’t a household name. For those who may be baffled by Nashville Pussy’s lack of hot-and-cold-running-champagne success, allow me to paraphrase James Carville: It’s the Pussy, stupid.
  

Strand of Oaks with Christopher Denny

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Like many good singer/songwriters, Timothy Showalter harnesses his personal dramas and setbacks into potent songs about growing up in Goshen, Ind., and wrestling his demons. On his fourth record, HEAL, the now Philly-based Showalter, aka Strand of Oaks, sheds some of the minimal Folk Rock from his previous endeavors and delves into a world of warm, synth-driven beats and guitar Rock.
  

Drake with Lil Wayne

Friday • Riverbend

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Canadian-born Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as simply Drake, has proven to be a talented triple threat — a dramatic and comedic actor, a rapper with R&B authenticity and a songwriter for himself and others.