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Krystal, Clear

Cincinnati’s Krystal Peterson traded the fast track for real life and her new band and album

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Krystal Peterson’s story has all the elements of a compelling movie — success at an early age, a fall from that lofty pedestal, the realization of a true path, the struggle to actualize that path and a satisfying resolution.   

The Art of Perpetual Curiosity

At 75, experimental Jazz legend Peter Brötzmann remains prolific in his quest for new challenges

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Since emerging from Germany in the 1960s, Peter Brötzmann has become one of the titans of avant-garde Jazz.  

Powers of the Outsiders

An early LA Punk cult hero, Kid Congo Powers continues his legacy with the Pink Monkey Birds

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
When the history of Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival is written, there should be a chapter about the incendiary performance given by Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds to close out the 2014 event.  

Higher Power

Cincinnati’s Electric Citizen aims high and hits heavy with its sophomore album, Higher Time

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the old saying goes. If you put any stock in the wisdom of platitudes, that one in particular holds some sway in the story of Cincinnati Rock band Electric Citizen, which is hoping to build on its growing global fanbase with the forthcoming release of sophomore album Higher Power.

A Crushing Farewell?

Indie/Electro band Poliça’s recent album, United Crushers, might be its last one

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Poliça’s third album is another beat-driven, electronically enhanced affair that mixes the shimmering, high-lonesome vocals of Channy Leaneagh with the sleek production work of Ryan Olson.  

Cool Adia

Adia Victoria’s debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, arrives with a poet’s message and a true artist’s spirit

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Adia Victoria has been working toward this year and this particular moment in her life for a good many years.

Rabbit, Redux

Area musicians step up to help Kentucky’s Rabbit Hash General Store after its recent devastating fire

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
In a matter of hours, the building that housed the town’s fabled General Store, a structure that stood for 186 years, had been reduced to smoking rubble; the cause was traced to an electrical short in an old Coca-Cola cooler.  

Guts and Glory

Thao Nguyen gets more adventurous and vulnerable on triumphant latest album, A Man Alive

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
It’s clear from the opening moments of “Astonished Man,” the first song on Thao & the Get Down Stay Down’s excellent new album A Man Alive, that something has changed.   

Six Strings for Solace

Guitars for Vets and others provide music for therapy throughout Greater Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Throughout the centuries, music has been both a tool of war and a remedy for the mental trauma and physical injuries sustained in battle. In Greater Cincinnati, numerous musicians are helping those in need through music.  

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.   

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  

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.

Hands-On Learning

Nashville rocker Daniel Pujol talks about the DIY approach and challenging himself

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Rural Tennessee native Daniel Pujol, who now calls Nashville home, has immersed himself in a whirlwind of activity since debuting his slanted Rock & Roll outfit Pujol in 2010, writing, recording and touring at a pace foreign to all but the most committed of DIY obsessives.  

Out of Darkness Comes Light

The empathy and compassion that grew out of a personal tragedy for Sam Baker shine through in his songwriting

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The foreboding but rewarding complexity of Sam Baker’s music is evident in the statement near the top of his website’s homepage: “Everyone is at the mercy of another one’s dream.”  

Score Keeper

Acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell celebrates classic film soundtracks on his latest album and tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Frisell is currently touring behind his When You Wish Upon A Star album, which puts a unique spin on some of the best movie soundtrack compositions from the ’60s and ’70s.