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Northern Light

Tanya Tagaq’s music is a singular mixture of the traditional and avant-garde

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tanya Tagaq, the extraordinary Inuit throat singer, will provide vocal accompaniment to a screening of the silent film Nanook of the North at Cincinnati’s Woodward Theater this weekend.  

Hello, Newman

Brian Newman divides his talent between playing with his own Jazz combo and backing old friend Lady Gaga

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2016
There aren’t many career paths that include studying at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and working for a boss in a meat dress.  

Instruments of Mass Construction

Zac Little utilizes a veritable orchestra of instrumentation to create Saintseneca’s AltFolk Rock brilliance

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
After listening to Led Zeppelin, a teenaged Zac Little came to the conclusion that if banging on four instruments was interesting, three times that many would be exponentially incredible.  

Common Law

Northern Kentucky band Common Center’s constant evolution is evidenced on its Jam-centric debut, Gypsy River

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Over the past five years, through several iterations, Common Center has plied its Psych/Groove/Prog wares around Greater Cincinnati, amassing a loyal fan base while tweaking its Indie Jam sound.  

Dream Werks

The Werks roar back with their fourth and best album, the conceptual Inside a Dream

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 29, 2015
From the outset, The Werks have been content to be impressive contributors to the Jam scene, earning adoration from their loyal fan base and respect from the community’s critical arbiters.
  

The Year in Local Recordings

A look back at some of our favorite 2015 releases by Greater Cincinnati music-makers

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2015
As always, numerous albums, EPs and singles by musical artists from Greater Cincinnati caught our ears in 2015. But know that the list you are about to read is just a snapshot.   

Sincerity Now!

Mike Tittel’s New Sincerity Works is poised for enshrinement in the pantheon of Cincinnati Pop

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Mike Tittel is soft spoken, self-effacing and unassuming, but, like the soft-spoken, self-effacing, unassuming and wildly talented singer/songwriters before him, Tittel saves his “Big Statements” for the studio and stage.   

The Sky Has No Limits

'Dos,' the second album from Cincinnati’s Lemon Sky, is a masterful, contemporary spin on Rock classicism

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Based on their name — inspired by a Kevin Bacon movie that was based on Lanford Wilson’s play — the members of Cincinnati’s Lemon Sky refer to their particular genre as “Citrus Rock.”   

There’s Still a Riot Going On

Sleater-Kinney returns after a decade-long absence with its best album ever, 'No Cities to Love'

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 1, 2015
It seems slightly inaccurate to describe the past decade without the ebullient adrenaline rush of Sleater-Kinney as a hiatus.   

Straight Outta Lockland

Inspired by the recent N.W.A. biopic, Cincinnati Hip Hop artist Sleep’s new album takes on the ’90s

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Jeremy Spencer is first and foremost a writer, so it may well be that his Hip Hop handle, Sleep, is a reference to Hamlet’s “To sleep, perchance to dream.” And there’s the rub; Spencer doesn’t need to hit the pillow in order to dream.   

The Last Band Standing

Maynard James Keenan rolls out the new Puscifer album while Tool and A Perfect Circle wait in the wings

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The music industry is an odd construct in the human universe in which people sometimes generate as much interest for the things they don’t do as for the things that get done. Look at Axl Rose and Chinese Democracy.  

From the Mundane to the Sublime

Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman’s Ghostwriting project comes to the Contemporary Arts Center

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman has consistently won praise — and a devoted, growing international fan base — for the idiosyncratically observational details of his lyrics in songs.  

Tonk of the Town

Jasmine Poole sits and watches as alter ego Wonky Tonk reinvents rootsy Country Folk with an arty edge

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Greater Cincinnati’s Jasmine Poole is the first to admit that she’s hardly the life of any party. On the other hand, Wonky Tonk, Poole’s Country-music alter ego, takes a stage like an occupying army, storming in with purpose, confidence and conviction.  

Painful Splendor

Cincinnati’s Ethicist twists and challenges Black Metal stereotypes

0 Comments · Thursday, October 29, 2015
Cincinnati's Ethicist maintains Black Metal’s trademark filth, but manages to weave it together with moments of honest beauty. The band achieves this via a mix of Shoegaze, Crust, Punk, Heavy Metal and experimental Noise Rock.   

Ridin’ Wordy

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn follows his own narrative on solo records

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Craig Finn writes songs. He can’t help it, and he isn’t stopping anytime soon. Best known as the frontman for The Hold Steady, Finn has been delivering his detailed, word-addled songs about everyday people and places for more than two decades