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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.
  

Worst Nights, Best Music

Mixtapes stockpile their favorite songs to create Even on the Worst Nights

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Mixtapes guitarist/vocalist Ryan Rockwell and his bandmates developed an interesting songwriting regimen after the release of their first recording. Whenever Rockwell and Maura Weaver, Mixtapes’ guitarist/vocalist and Rockwell’s songwriting partner, would hit on a particularly resonant tune, they would relegate it to a slush pile of material for an album they intended to serve as their full-length debut. Mixtapes’ song bank proved to be an effective strategy.
  

Belle With Balls

Belle Histoire tells its beautiful story and makes world-class music on full-length debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Belle Histoire’s just-released full-length debut, Dreamers, is solid evidence of a sonic maturity beyond the band’s brief existence and relative youth. Dreamers’ expansive vibe suggests a heartland translation of The Cranberries with dashes of Coldplay and U2, standing as a logical extension of the band’s first two EPs, 2011’s Spirits and this year’s I Can Tell.  

Jane's Conviction

Revitalized fest pioneer Perry Farrell helps launch Cincy’s inaugural Bunbury Music Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Revitalized by a new album, Perry Farrell now has decades of experience “putting on a show,” especially with the work he’s done with his trailblazing Lollapalooza, which continues to have a big influence on today’s ever-expanding multi-act music festival scene, including this weekend's Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati (which Jane's headlines Friday).
  

Heaven Is For Real

Cincy's Pomegranates gain a new member and new confidence with release of 'Heaven'

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Recorded over 10 days last summer, Cincinnati Indie Pop quartet Pomegranates' new album Heaven doesn’t stray impossibly far from the stylistic Art Pop structure that has served Pomegranates well since their energetic debut — a jittery love of Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Sparklehorse and ’50’s/’60s Pop and R&B.