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Motor Away

I toured Europe with Cincy’s Valley of the Sun and lived to write about it

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Touring the world is one goal that few bands ever accomplish. It requires a ridiculous amount of hard work, dedication, time and money.
  

Jody Time

Cincinnati singer/songwriter Jody Stapleton’s first solo album finds him overcoming turmoil with tranquility

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Jody Stapleton might not be drinking hot and cold running champagne from a solid gold faucet, but he’s certainly achieved a measure of critical success over the years.    

Shamble On

Cincinnati’s The Whiskey Shambles aged in the barrel for years before tapping into their top-shelf Blues

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Whiskey Shambles’ membership seems like the set-up to an elaborate shaggy dog joke.  

San Rise

Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s San Fermin goes from acclaimed recording project to popular touring machine

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2014
After graduating from Yale, where he studied musical composition, Ellis Ludwig-Leone secluded himself in Alberta, Canada, for six months to work on his debut album as San Fermin.  

It’s Never Too Late

Garland Jeffreys’ successful second act continues at age 71

0 Comments · Monday, November 3, 2014
Veteran singer/songwriters stop performing and recording for all kinds of reasons — health, fatigue, lack of success, too much success or changes in music trends all sometimes figure into it. But the reason the New York City-based musician Garland Jeffreys, who will be performing Wednesday at Southgate House Revival, didn’t issue a U.S. album of new material from 1992 until 2011 because he wanted to spend time with his daughter. 
  

Let It ‘Bleed’

Cincinnati’s 500 Miles to Memphis returns with its most accomplished and mature album yet

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
 500’s success has always been a group effort and the group pushed itself harder than ever on Bleed.  

Young at Heart

Gov’t Mule brings the music of Neil Young to life at special Mule-O-Ween show

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
On Oct. 28, the Classic Rock giants played their last-ever concert at New York City’s Beacon Theater.  

Pulling the Thread

We Were Promised Jetpacks shift focus with Unravelling

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Unravelling notches several firsts for the Jetpacks; primarily, it’s the band’s debut as a quintet, with the permanent installation of touring keyboardist/guitarist Stuart McGachan.  

Happy Accidents

The Coathangers’ party-starting Rock testifies to the power of chasing whims and instincts

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The group’s skittish, disheveled, loud, lo-fi-leaning and often tongue-in-cheek music syncs seamlessly with the band’s origins.  

Four Runs, No Hits, No Errors

Cory Branan turns his diverse musical taste into the schizophonic Americana bash of The No-Hit Wonder

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Cory Branan has a way with words but there’s one that sticks in his throat: compromise.
  

Some People Call Him Maurice

Singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei details the pompatus of loss on Celebrity Issue

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
After 21 albums and countless gigs, Mattei remains fresh and engaged in the process.
  

Changing Tides

Reluctantly, singer/songwriter Mirah adapts to the evolving music business as best she can

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Mirah’s voice is a versatile thing of beauty, childlike and endearing one minute, haunting and rich the next.   

Sound City

The MidPoint Music Festival tops itself once again with its 13th annual event

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
MidPoint has become not only a showcase of adventurous music makers from around the world, it is also a showcase of the immense progress Cincinnati’s downtown and Over-the-Rhine have made in a relatively short period of time.  

Home is Where the Art Is

Dealing with self-doubt and writer’s block, Brett Dennen rediscovered his muse in a familiar place

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2014
On tour behind his 2011 album Loverboy, the singer/songwriter found himself wearing down, getting stuck creatively and unsure about where to go with his music.  

Caged Heat

Born Cages successfully integrate Rock and Electronica in a band short on history and long on ambition

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The question that’s on a lot of minds — particularly that of Born Cages guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Vlad Holiday — is, “Why can’t Rock and Electronica co-exist in a single entity?”