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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.

Mothers of Expression

Georgia quartet Mothers delivers more interpretation than influence on its full-length debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Athens, Ga., quartet plays a combination of rattling Indie/Math Rock and soothing Chamber Pop, topped off by Leschper’s quirkily compelling voice  

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.