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The Afghan Whigs' Road to Sub Pop

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Follow The Afghan Whigs on their road to Sub Pop Records in this graphic novel.
  

My So-Called Cool Parade

Jeff Roberson examines the pitfalls of the family man/musician on ‘The Incredible Parade of Cool'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Jeff Roberson is no longer “the most hated man in Folk,” as he was dubbed by former WNKU program director Dan Reed. In fact, since Summer’s Here, the former Len’s Lounge frontman’s 2008 sophomore solo effort, he’s been preoccupied with matters decidedly unrelated to Folk.   

Yet Another High ’Point

MidPoint Music Festival once again tops itself with nearly flawless three days of music

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Over-the-Rhine's new energy was on full display during the 11th annual MidPoint Music Festival, which last week drew thousands of music lovers from across the region to a dozen venues hosting musicians from all over the world.   

Front to Back

Fiona Apple guitarist Blake Mills pulls double duty on current tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Blake Mills is busy. The 25-year-old guitar prodigy has worked relentlessly in recent years as an in-demand session and touring musician, collaborating with a wide range of artists, nearly all of whom use hyperbolic language to describe his unique talents. And now he’s touring with Fiona Apple, both as her guitarist and as her opening act.  

Not a Petty Girl

How Ani DiFranco learned to stop worrying and love having a ball

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
One of the real changes in how Ani DiFranco approaches live performing these days may be something that, in a strict sense, isn’t actually part of what she does on stage. But rest assured, DiFranco says, it’s making a difference in her performances.  

Let Them Clear Their Throats

Cincinnati’s Young Heirlooms have gratitude in their hearts and some stuff to get off their chests

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
There’s a very thin line between knowing what you want and being thankful for what you have. A few inches to one side could see you constantly unhappy with what you earn. An inch on the other side and you’re bound to never earn anything new. Cincinnati’s on-the-rise Indie Folk duo Young Heirlooms walk that line. They’re overwhelmingly thankful for the support from Cincinnati and respect from their fans. Their gratefulness is conveyed nearly constantly, onstage and off. But, just under the surface, they’re itching for more.   

MidPoint Pop Quiz

Think you know everything about the MidPoint Music Festival? Pop quiz, hotshot

3 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Think you know everything about the MidPoint Music Festival? Pop quiz, hotshot  

The ‘Peace’ Maker

How one classic song bankrolled much of Nick Lowe’s amazing career

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A cover of “Peace, Love, and Understanding” on The Bodyguard soundtrack has given British songwriting legend Nick Lowe the freedom to do things his way.  

Girl, Interrupted

San Antonio trio Girl In A Coma learned and grew from a series of unfortunate events

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
If there’s a recurring theme that seems to sum up the events of the past few years for Texas trio Girl In A Coma (including the trio’s latest album, Exits & And All The Rest) it boils down to one word — growth.
  

Pastime Paradise

Producer Akhe Abdullah’s album shows maturation and pays homage to his roots

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Columbus, Ohio, native and Elementz Hip Hop Youth Arts Center's Creative Artistic Director Akhe Abdullah’s talks about his album of Hip Hop instrumentals, Journey: The Sound of Life.   

Whatever Will Be, Will Be

Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery try not to make too many plans for R. Ring

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In musical parlance, "organic" describes a process free from self-conscious overthinking and blueprinted deliberation, resulting in a pure, unplanned outcome. That is exactly how Ampline/thistle guitarist Mike Montgomery and Breeders guitarist/vocalist Kelley Deal formed their powerful acoustic-based duo R. Ring.
  

Ramblin' Through History

Known for his association with Woody Guthrie, Jack Elliott’s recent work has been among his most successful

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Now 81, Ramblin' Jack Elliott has led a remarkable life following in Woody Guthrie’s footsteps and making music as a wanderlust-bitten singer/storyteller and acoustic guitar player.
  

A Class of Her Own

Elizabeth Harper takes Synth Pop to new level with collaborative group, Class Actress

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Before Elizabeth Harper fronted Class Actress, she had majored in drama in college and moved to Los Angeles to follow her acting dream, but found herself disillusioned. After relocating to Brooklyn, N.Y., Harper shifted her passion from the music of drama to the drama of music.
  

Rebels Of An Older Mold

Night Beats blaze their own trail by following a few already blazed

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Carving your own upward path in the perpetually congested music biz is an intimidating enough prospect on its own. Yet Danny Lee — the driving force behind Seatlle Psych Rock trio Night Beats — has opted to one-up this great dare: He wants not just to create his band’s own fanbase but also his own scene. Kinda. Maybe.
  

Creatively Restless Natives

The Natives are proving to be a major force in Cincinnati’s Hip Hop scene

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 1, 2012
For the very principled Natives, rules are not sacred. The Cincy Hip Hop collective has been around in this particular form for about three years, playing local shows and building an increasingly large fan base. In January, the Natives self-released their debut album, Native America. This week, The Natives release their sophomore effort, Coup d’etat, a mere six months later.