Sound Advice: Joey Bada$$ with Nyck Caution, Denzel Curry and Bishop Nehru

Saturday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
It’s one thing to call yourself a badass; it’s quite another to back that shit up.

Sound Advice: Maiden Radio with Daniel Martin Moore

Saturday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Maiden Radio is a collaboration between Julia Purcell, Cheyenne Mize and Joan Shelley that began in 2009 as a means for the three accomplished Louisville, Ky. musicians to explore the old-time Folk and Appalachian sound they all loved.

Sound Advice: Vacationer with Great Good Fine Ok

Saturday • The Drinkery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Vacationer emits a slinky World Music groove that blends elements of Tropicalia, Pop and Trip Hop with atmospheric Ambient music shades.

Sound Advice: Meg Myers with Jarryd James

Tuesday • Taft Theatre Ballroom

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The old creative adage that great art results from great pain is no mere cliché. One look at Meg Myers’ hardscrabble childhood and it’s hardly a stretch to hear Myers’ therapeutic use of cleansing volume and soul-searing lyrical examination as a way to exorcise those emotional demons.

Rock Hall’s Next Class

Plus, a new biography reveals that Tom Petty was a heroin addict in the ’90s and musicians are losing precious demos because they can't hang on to their phones

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its initial list for potential 2016 inductees, Tom Petty talks about his ’90s heroin addiction in a new biography by Warren Zanes and guitarists for Iron Maiden and Metallica lost demos for forthcoming projects because they didn't back up their phones before losing them.

Embracing the Weirdness

With Helado Negro, Roberto Carlos Lange uniquely explores art, Electronic music and his Latin heritage

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Roberto Carlos Lange’s music, performed under the moniker Helado Negro, celebrates his Latin heritage in ways both obvious and subverting.  

AYE Fest Packs OTR with Music All Weekend

Plus, Alone at 3AM, Mohenjo Daro and The Cla-Zels play gigs this weekend to promote new releases.

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The AYE Music & Art Festival — founded in 2006 to raise money for various charities — returns for its biggest fest yet this Friday-Sunday. Held at several venues in Over-the-Rhine, proceeds from the 2015 edition of AYE will go to Boys Hope Girls Hope.

Sound Advice: Rod Picott with Mark Becknell

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival (Revival Room)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
One spin through Fortune, Rod Picott’s latest album, will inspire any number of referential name-checks and stylistic comparisons, from the storytelling prowess of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark to the passionate-soul reflection of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. 

Sound Advice: Futurebirds with Harpooner and Wilder

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Futurebirds are the first to admit that their six members offer up an array of influences — from ’80s Pop to Country of every stripe to Psych-infused Indie Rock — that coalesce around one common thread: Athens, Ga. and its rich musical heritage.  

Sound Advice: Hopsin with SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton and DJ Hoppa

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
At 30, Hopsin is one of second-generation Hip Hop’s old guard, a genre veteran for nearly half his life who has used devices both fresh (white contact lenses that give him the appearance of an extra in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, YouTube promotion, a positive spin in his lyrical message) and time-tested (artist feuds, label conflicts, a fake retirement announcement, run-ins with the law, an acting career) to widen his exposure.  

Sound Advice: William Fitzsimmons with Jake Phillips

Friday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
With a voice like a choirboy and a beard like a lumberjack, acoustic-oriented multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons is a striking visual and aural presence.

Albini vs. EDM

Plus, Rage Against the Machine bassist espouses conspiracy theories and Avril Lavigne becomes the source of one

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Steve Albini responds to an EDM artist's request to use a sample with a scathing rant against EDM (and a "yes" to the sample request), Rage Against the Machine's bassist says "sorry for Limp Bizkit," adds that ISIS and moon landings are fake and Avril Lavigne was replaced by an actress after her initial success (allegedly).

Making Another Great ’Point

While the spirit and top-notch music remain, Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival introduces a few changes

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The MidPoint Music Festival returned to venues in Over-the-Rhine and downtown Sept. 25-27 for its 14th-annual event, once again offering open-minded music fans a buffet of stimulating sounds by mostly newer artists both known and up-and-coming.

R.I.P. Kevin Donahue

Crowd-funding project created in honor of The Pariahs' singer and Cincinnati Roll & Roll hero

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Beloved Garage Rock champion and singer for Cincinnati cult favorites The Pariahs, Kevin Donahue, died from cancer Sept. 13. One of his longtime friends and bandmates recently started a GoFundMe campaign to give Donahue a proper burial and headstone, and there are also plans in the works to make public unreleased Pariahs music, showcase Donahue's artwork and present a concert/party to further pay tribute to the late rocker.

Sound Advice: Grooms with A Place to Bury Strangers and Leggy

Thursday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
In a realization similar to my ex-wife’s, Travis Johnson concluded back in 2009 he’d made a terrible mistake and had to do something to correct it.