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Sound Advice: Dan Bern

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Bern, who is 50, is a consummately inventive and trenchant singer/songwriter/guitarist/harmonica player who has been recording since 1997.   

David Bowie 1947-2016

Plus, Spotify gets sued by artists and a French soccer team might not use Phil Collins to get pumped up anymore

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The world loses one of its most influential artists to cancer, Spotify is facing two massive lawsuits instigated by songwriters David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick and a French soccer club might switch its walk-up music and no longer rely on an ’80s Phil Collins song to get them pumped up.

Best New Bands 2016

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
CityBeat’s third-annual "Best New Bands" issue will hopefully give you a look at some of the city’s potential “Next Big Things” (either locally or beyond the city limits) while they still have that new-band smell.  

Bang Your Skulx

The Skulx tap into the primal essence of Rock on self-titled debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
When Cincinnati rockers Foxy Shazam went on an extended and possibly permanent hiatus late in 2014, trumpeter Alex Nauth considered his next steps. His higher gear became the seminal launch of The Skulx, his first post-Foxy project.  

JSPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcareer

JSPH envisions old-school Soul through a 21st-century filter on powerful 2015 EPs Rest and Rule

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Joseph Nevels has followed a tangled Google map of life paths in his brief existence. But through all those disparate experiences, Nevels never abandoned music.  

Ready, Set, Go Go

Cincinnati rockers Go Go Buffalo made waves in 2015 with a heavy, eclectic and eccentric sound and live show

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
With a progressive and heavy sound, Cincinnati-based foursome Go Go Buffalo made waves in 2015 by bringing its dynamic, somewhat psychedelic sound to many different audiences.   

Letting the Magic Happen

Following his Come On Caboose solo project, singer/songwriter Coran Stetter embraces the band life with Multimagic

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Calling music “infectious” is a music-critic cliché of the highest order. But when watching Cincinnati Indie Pop band Multimagic perform at last year’s big Bunbury Music Festival, there was no other word to accurately describe the band’s effect.   

The Milk of Human Coconuts

Coconut Milk joins the Cincinnati pantheon of Indie Rock greatness with its first two EPs

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
At 6 feet 6 inches tall, frontman Alex Baker is an imposing stage presence, but he exhibits the same quiet reserve in conversation as he does when he’s presenting his exuberantly melancholy Indie Pop songs in the live context.  

Who Let the Dawgs In?

Dawg Yawp might be one of the most original and intricately considered bands in Cincinnati’s musical history

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Although Dawg Yawp’s Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination for New Artist of Year accurately reflects its freshly minted band status, nearly everything else about Rob Keenan and Tyler Randall dates back several years.  

Common Law

Northern Kentucky band Common Center’s constant evolution is evidenced on its Jam-centric debut, Gypsy River

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Over the past five years, through several iterations, Common Center has plied its Psych/Groove/Prog wares around Greater Cincinnati, amassing a loyal fan base while tweaking its Indie Jam sound.  

Happy Blues Year: Cincy Blues in 2016

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The Cincy Blues Society is gearing up for another big year in 2016, with the Winter Blues Fest just around the corner, the announcement of the national headliners for this summer's Cincy Blues Fest and a call to local artists to play this year's Cincy Blues Challenge. Plus, Arnold's launches a new weekly music series, Old Time Mondays.  

Sound Advice: The Westies

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Atmospheric and rootsy, the music of The Westies serves the songs, most of which are written by Michael McDermott.   

Sound Advice: Marcus Alan Ward with Culture Queer

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
It’s appropriate that Marcus Alan Ward hails from Cleveland, considering the comparisons the vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist receives to any number of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and HOF-worthy) artists.   

Sound Advice: Mild High Club with Andy Gabbard

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Mild High Club is the project of musician Alexander Brettin, a Midwestern-bred, L.A.-based Renaissance man who has recorded with the likes of Ariel Pink and Mac DeMarco.  

Sound Advice: Crucible with Toothgrinder, Ghost Key, 7 Years Dead, Homebound and Motions of Sin

Tuesday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Once upon a time, like a few weeks ago, the members of three popular and crazy-loud Detroit bands concluded that their main gigs were not affording them the opportunity to play with an acceptable degree of heaviness.