Jay Z Stands Up to Tidal Haters

Plus, a judge ruled taking a kid to a Pink concert isn't custody/divorce fodder and Tyler, the Creator gets banned from Target for early digital release

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Jay Z takes to Twitter in defense of his much maligned streaming service Tidal, a New Jersey judge rules that taking an 11-year-old to a concert by Pop star Pink was not a risk to her safety/welfare and Target won't carry Tyler, the Creator's Cherry Bomb because it was released a week early on iTunes.

Hooked on Sonics

Influential early Pacific Northwest rockers The Sonics make an unlikely comeback

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
After years of hearing others talk about their influence on Rock musicians, pioneering Pacific Northwest rockers The Sonics have returned with a tour and brand new album, This Is the Sonics.

MidPoint Indie Summer Lineup Showcases Locals and Much More

Plus, veteran local singer/songwriter Bob Cushing releases 'Troubadour Songs'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The 2015 MidPoint Indie Summer series, featuring free concerts every Friday on Fountain Square all summer long, spotlights the local music scene and brings in more notable national acts than ever before. Plus, veteran Cincinnati musician Bob Cushing celebrates his latest release, Troubadour Songs, this Saturday.

Barrence Whitfield & the Savages with The Sonics

Thursday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Barrence Whitfield is the rare vocalist that comes around as infrequently as a December hurricane, with the same power and surprise. But Whitfield will tell you himself that a frontman is nothing without the right backing, and the best foil for the frenetic vocalist has always been guitarist Peter Greenberg.  

Sphynx with Multimagic

Friday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Austin, Texas, Electro Pop trio Sphynx makes magnetic, jubilant noise — ’80s-tinted but also rooted in contemporary sounds like EDM and Indie Pop. Like a mix of Chromeo and MGMT at their grooviest, Sphynx’s music is a call to the cool kids to put down their phones and get on the dance floor. And the heartfelt and non-mechanical vibe makes it infectious and accessible enough to actually work.  

Strung Out with Red City Radio, La Armada and The Lockland Brakes

Saturday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Punk was always intended to be fast, loose and fleeting; The Ramones didn’t have a pension plan. Neil Young wasn’t wrong when he noted that it’s better to burn out than to fade away and yet, for every band like The Sex Pistols that existed for a moment in the sun, there’s a band like SoCal’s Strung Out, with an amazingly long history and a potent catalog to back it up.  

Peter Hook & the Light: A Joy Division Celebration

Monday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Joy Division was indisputably one of the finest names to emerge as a hugely influential entity in Post Punk and, retroactively, Indie Rock, but the group’s stellar run only lasted only four years. In that first project’s wake, Joy Division’s remaining personnel formed New Order, but hearing a full-on Joy Division set from an authentic source wasn’t particularly viable.That is until Joy Division bassist (and former New Order member) Peter Hook started plotting Joy Division tribute shows.   

Cameras Out = No Neko

Plus, Johnny Cash lyrics raise alarm and Don Henley can't take it easy

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Neko Case continues her crusade against smartphone abuse at concerts, a Johnny Cash quote posted on social media causes an NYC school to respond to a perceived (but unintended) threat and Don Henley wins his lawsuit over a retailer using the phrase "Don a Henley and take it easy" in their advertising for Henley-style shirts.

In a Galaxy 'Faraway'

Rusty Burge and Steve Allee take the vibes/piano concept to a quietly powerful new place with Faraway

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Cincinnati vibraphonist Rusty Burge has amassed an impressive curriculum vitae over the past 20-plus years, including four album releases. His latest, Faraway, is a collaboration with Indiana-based pianist Steve Allee.

Beyond the Mat

The Mountain Goats poetically explore the lives of small-time wrestlers on the new Beat the Champ

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Mountain Goats have dropped 15 albums since 1994, the most recent of which, the just released Beat the Champ, is yet another effort in which frontman John Darnielle’s hyper-literate words and modest but expressive voice take center stage.  

Ben Knight, Coconut Milk and More New Local Releases

Plus, news on new efforts from Jane Decker and The Rubber Knife Gang and the 'Bootleggers & Hustlers Volume One' compilation

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Cincinnati area artists Ben Knight & the Welldiggers, Coconut Milk, Jane Decker and The Rubber Knife Gang celebrate new releases this week. Plus, Arnold's and Neltner Small Batch collaborate on a new local music compilation set for release on Record Store Day.

Cory Branan with Tim Easton

Wednesday • Taft Theater (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
As invigoratingly honest Americana continues to blossom amid the musical banalities of Modern Country like a desert rose, it brings with it a new phenomenon: the “No-Hit Wonder,” those troubadours whose grittily propulsive, slyly smart songs just can’t get commercial Country airplay. It is to them that Cory Branan has dedicated the title song of his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder.  

Guster with Kishi Bashi

Wednesday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
It hardly seems possible that next year marks the 25th anniversary of the meeting of guitarists Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner and percussionist Brian Rosenworcel, freshmen at Tufts University who turned their dorm room songwriting hobby into a quarter century of Alt Rock/Folk Pop wonder as Guster.

The Suicide Machines with Break Anchor, Bastardous, Derek Grant and Loudmouth

Thursday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
In the Ska/Punk canon, no titan stands mightier than 1989’s Energy, the only album from Operation Ivy. But in 1996, Detroit outfit The Suicide Machines came close to matching that shooting star’s power and prowess with their first album, Destruction By Definition.  

Lucy Wainwright Roche with Cheryl Wheeler

Thursday • The Redmoor

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
If my family should ever disown me and I’m forced to find a new one, I would start by begging Loudon Wainwright III to adopt me. Talent seems to spew from his every orifice and I want a piece of it. He already gave his envy-worthy genes to three incredibly talented musicians — Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Roche, in my estimate, got the lion’s share of that talent, though.