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Boogie On, Reggae Children

Cincinnati’s Cliftones continue their mission to bring Reggae to the masses with debut full-length, Enemies Scatter

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Reggae can be a tough sell to a Midwestern audience that’s been spoon-fed mainstream musical oatmeal long enough to forget what organic texture and rhythm feels like.   

Country Crew Kevin McCoy Band Releases Debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Cincinnati Country/Rock foursome the Kevin McCoy Band celebrates the release of its debut album, Redneck-N-Roll, this Saturday at Jimmy B’s Sports Bar and Grill. Plus, Joesph issues debut LP; area musicians team up for a tribute concert to KISS; and Braxton Brewing Company's anniversary event features local music favorites.

Sound Advice: Judah & the Lion with The Saint Johns

Wednesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Five years ago, four musicians from far-flung American locales found themselves attending college together in Tennessee and comparing notes on the kinds of music they each loved.  

Sound Advice: Tortoise with Mind Over Mirrors and Watter

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Tortoise formed in 1990, back before the term “Post Rock” made its way into our musical lexicon and before most of us were even aware of an ambitious couple named Bill and Hillary Clinton.  

Sound Advice: Lazyeyes with Beverly

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
With the resurgence and return of Shoegaze giants like My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Swervedriver, it’s not surprising that contemporary bands following a similar sonic arc are enjoying a little added attention as a result.   

Sound Advice: The Cult with Holy White Hounds

Monday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
In 1983, Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy co-founded Death Cult and toured extensively throughout Europe, releasing an EP and single before truncating the name to The Cult.

Snoop’s Accidental Tourism Ad

Plus, Malcolm McLaren's son to burn millions of dollars' worth of Punk memorabilia and Gwen Stefani gets LinkedIn

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Snoop Dogg accidentally lends his substantial branding power to a tiny village in Romania; Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's son to burn multimillion dollar Punk collection to protest the establishment's embracing of the art form; and Gwen Stefani is now unstoppable (and highly employable) after launching a LinkedIn account.

Concepts and Connections

Titus Andronicus follows its artistic instincts and creates a long and conceptual new album

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Grandiose ambitions are nothing new to Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles. But Stickles and his merry band of pranksters might have topped themselves with their fourth long-player, The Most Lamentable Tragedy  

Sound Advice: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin and The Guilty Ones with Sarah Borges

Wednesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Although they had their share of creative differences and physical altercations during their co-membership in The Blasters, the relationship between Dave and Phil Alvin never splintered irrevocably.  

Sound Advice: Carly Rae Jepsen with Cardinox and Fairground Saints

Thursday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Who would have thought back in 2012 that the Canadian Pop singer’s latest album, E•MO•TION, would become a critical favorite and that general audiences would relatively ignore it.   

Sound Advice: MusicNOW

Friday-Sunday • Music Hall and Cincinnati Masonic Center Auditorium

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Blending Indie musicians with players and composers from the modern Classical and Chamber music worlds, MusicNOW’s premieres and rare collaborations make it the definition of a “one-of-a-kind” event.  

Sound Advice: They Might Be Giants

Friday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Back in the golden year of 1987, I discovered the aural and visual joys of They Might Be Giants almost simultaneously.  

MidPoint Music Festival Under New Management

Plus, Rectify Cincinnati hosts concert for A Voice for the Innocent, Mint Leopard teases new album and Lawson-Yeardley Project debuts

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Cincinnati’s Music and Event Management, Inc. is now producing the annual, early-fall MidPoint Music Festival. Plus, Rectify Cincinnati presents Founding Fathers, Go Go Buffalo and more for a good cause, Mint Leopard wants you to want its debut album and The Lawson-Yeardley Project host a coming-out house party concert.

God Save the Queen Movie

Plus, Prince's wedding stuff goes up for auction and you can own Frank Zappa's house

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Sacha Baron Cohen, who was once to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic, says Mercury's bandmates wanted half the movie to be about Queen's life after its frontman's death; you can now use authentic props for your make-believe Prince wedding, as numerous personal Prince items go up for auction; and a crowd-funding campaign for a Frank Zappa documentary offers Zappa's house as the ultimate perk (for $9 million).

Soul and Inspiration

For Soultime!, Jersey legends Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes were motivated by classic R&B

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Southside Johnny Lyon is part of Jersey Shore’s Holy Trinity, along with Bruce Springsteen and Steve (“Little Steven”) Van Zandt.