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Cincy Blues Fest Turns 21

Plus, It's Commonly Jazz returns

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This weekend, the Cincy Blues Fest — presented annually by the Cincy Blues Society — returns for its 21st year, a remarkable accomplishment for a music festival of any sort.   

Watermelon Slim & The Workers

Friday • Sawyer Point • Cincy Blues Fest Main Stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has the kind of Blues backstory that would never translate to the silver screen because no one would believe it. As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Slim’s history stretches back to the early ’70s, when he released Merry Airbrakes, the only full-length Vietnam protest album recorded by an actual Vietnam veteran.
  

Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Dawn McCarthy and Anwar Sadat

Saturday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
It doesn’t really come as a surprise that slanted Americana-flavored singer/songwriter Will Oldham (aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy) was an Everly Brothers fan as a kid growing up in Louisville, Ky. More curious is the fact that Oldham’s latest album, What the Brothers Sang, is a tribute to the Everlys’ iconic employment of vocal harmony.
  

Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz with T.I. and more

Tuesday • Riverbend Music Center

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
New Orleanian Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., better known to the world at large as Lil Wayne, has jammed a couple of lifetimes into his first 30 years, but that’s bound to happen when you sign a music contract at age 9. That’s when Wayne linked up with rapper B.G. to form the duo the B.G.’z and became part of the renowned Cash Money roster.
  

Analog or Bust, Craigify and Michael & Mercury

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Jack White has again put his money where his analog-lovin’ mouth is, ponying up $200,000 to help finally make the National Recording Preservation Foundation “operational,” according to an NRPF press release. The NRPF came about when Congress approved the National Recording Preservation Act in 2000, but White’s contribution is its “first major donation.”  

Nature Boy

Singer/songwriter Sean Rowe has many natural talents

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Besides being an extraordinarily resonant Americana singer/songwriter, Sean Rowe is in the rare, fortunate position of knowing the sound of a tree falling in the forest. A devoted naturalist as well as a performing songwriter whose album The Salesman and the Shark is getting widespread praise, Rowe once spent 24 days completely on his own, foraging in a forest.  

A Nice Pair

Cincinnati’s Mark Utley simultaneously drops the fourth Magnolia Mountain album and his solo debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Cincinnati Americana ensemble Magnolia Mountain has always exhibited a broad sonic diversity, moving easily from Country to Folk to to twangy Rock. Frontman Mark Utley has decided to use his solo debut as a repository for the more Country aspects of his writing spectrum, leaving the heavier, bluesier, funkier tracks for Magnolia Mountain.  

Vacation Takes off on ‘Candy Waves’

Plus, Formerly Ghosts debuts new single and MidPoint Music Fest updates

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Cincinnati Noise Pop trio Vacation, which has been been making waves nationally with its recent Candy Waves release, finally make it back home for a local release party this week. Plus, Formerly Ghosts releases a new single/preview of their forthcoming album and MidPoint Music Fest announces single-show tickets and the "Box Truck Carnival" call for entries.
  

Rush Delivers, Bonzo's Resurrection and New Freddie Needed

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Canada introduces new postal stamps featuring The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, Beau Dommage and Rush's naked-man/devil-star logo, Jason Bonham is working hard to bring his dad back to life as a hologram so he can drum solo with him and Sacha Baron Cohen quits the Freddie Mercury biopic, reportedly over Queen's desire to keep it more family-friendly.
  

Lonesome Shack

July 24 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, July 22, 2013
 Lonesome Shack is a Scruff Blues band out of Seattle that keeps it real and unpretentious. Consisting of founder Ben Todd on guitar, Kristian Garrard on drums and Luke Bergman on bass, the trio goes out of its way to sound as “un-modern” as possible.    

Theory of a Deadman

July 24 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, July 22, 2013
If you listen to any of the Rock stations in town, you know Theory of a Deadman. They're the guys behind "Bad Girlfriend" (the video for which is great … and NSFW). They also did the oh-so-catchy "Lowlife."  

Stick Men

July 30 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Monday, July 22, 2013
Stick Men is an all-star group of musicians that made their mark in the Prog Rock and Fusion music worlds. The band includes Tony Levin on bass, Pat Mastelotto on drums and Markus Reuter on guitar. But all is not as it seems.   

Perpetual Flux

Swans’ ringleader Michael Gira likes being a “puppet to the music”

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Michael Gira has reignited his legendary Post Punk band Swans … and remains as compelling as ever.  

Mad Anthony Gets Mad Love

Greater Cincy's music community unites to help injured rockers and The Sundresses become a foursome

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Following a serious van accident, local music supporters team up to help rockers Mad Anthony via two benefit concerts. Plus, The Sundresses debut as a quartet Friday on Fountain Square for the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert with Wussy and Queen City Radio.
  

The Jay-Z Law, Streaming Pains and Chambers Attacked

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Jay-Z and Beyonce's visit to Cuba prompts U.S. law-change effort (seriously), Thom Yorke says Spotify is bad for new artists (simples) and some nut-job attacked 73-year-old Lester Chambers over a song dedication.