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They Arted Me With Science

Art vs. Science makes organic Dance Rock with power and a positive spin

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Although Art vs. Science fairly shivers with the ghosts of early XTC, Devo and Shriekback, it was actually a 2007 Daft Punk show that moved keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Dan McNamee to abandon Indie Punk and adopt a dancier Electronic Rock ethic.   

A Bunbury Out of the Oven

Bunbury fest brings top AltRock to the riverfront this summer

1 Comment · Thursday, June 14, 2012
Ten years ago, after the first MidPoint Music Festival — that’s when you can trace back the origins of Cincinnati’s upcoming three-day live music extravaganza, the Bunbury Music Festival. After launching a festival that continues to grow and shine a light on up-and-coming and on-the-verge acts, MPMF co-founder Bill Donabedian thought, “What if we could do something like this for established acts?” This summer, he will.    

Pop Art

Despite success, Santigold remains a restless artist determined to keep pushing limits

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
It’s been four years since Santi White (aka Santigold) dropped her stellar, genre-juggling debut. Some might think that is a long layoff between albums, especially in a fickle contemporary cultural landscape that moves quickly and without concern for those who don’t try to keep up.   

’Yards Sail

Merrill Garbus’ worldly musical curiosity and theatrical background inform tUnE-YaRdS

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Started as a one-woman project in 2006 by New England native Merrill Garbus, tUnE-YaRdS is set apart via its meld of Appalachian Folk (ukulele being the most obvious signifier) and numerous African elements, none more visceral than Garbus’ versatile vocal delivery, which alternates between low-key crooning, honest-to-goodness yodeling and full-on wailing.  

Hustler of Culture

Always-busy Jon Langford comes to Cincinnati to perform and open an art exhibition

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
For anyone who likes Punk, Americana, British Folk, Country Rock or just enduring honky-tonk Rock & Roll, Jon Langford should be a household name. The Wales-born/Chicago-based musician plays Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub this Friday with his band Skull Orchard.   

Mad Anthony's Bass-Less Acclimation

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Since forming in 2007, Mad Anthony has been recording and touring almost non-stop. The Cincinnati band has also pared down to a trio. For guitarists/vocalists Ringo Jones and Adam Flaig, along with drummer Marc Sherlock, doing more with less and going back to basics are mantras that they’ve applied to all aspects of the band.  

Up from Under the Sun

Orderly California quartet The Donkeys examine their past and present

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Based on sound alone, The Donkeys come off as pretty mature. The San Diego band plays a tender, starlit kind of Rock with a folky side that isn’t too sleepy, an AltCountry side that isn’t too twangy, a Blues side that isn’t too reverb-heavy and a Psych Rock side that isn’t too psychedelic.   

The Gold Rush

Gold Shoes is ready for platinum sales and legions of fans … and might just get it

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 15, 2012
People about to change the world rarely look like people about to change the world. Take Gold Shoes — central casting didn’t assemble a new millennium Monkees to storm the music world with calculated precision. Gold Shoes is comprised of oddly yet perfectly meshed parts.   

Ready, Steady, Go!

The Ready Stance blends veteran and rookie talent on its impressive debut album

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Between bodies, equipment and ephemera, we’re packed tightly into The Ready Stance’s rehearsal space, possibly a converted coal cellar in the basement of guitarist/vocalist Wes Pence’s beautiful old Newport home.  

Enigmatic For the People

Annie Clark: Not your average ‘suburban-middle-class-American weirdo’

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
St. Vincent’s music is rife with contradictions. Take the first song on the outfit’s most recent album, last year’s Strange Mercy, which opens with this vague but provocative imagery, delivered by Annie Clark — the band’s 29-year-old creative ringleader.   

A Combo Platter

With Tramp, evolving singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten opens up to collaboration

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Sharon Van Etten began winning admirers with a pair of intimate, soul-bearing albums — 2009’s Because I Was In Love and 2010’s Epic — that explored love gone bad via a voice that was so big and expressive and sad-sounding that one feared for the woman from which it was emanating.   

Rough Nostalgia

Car Crashes, Knife Fights and the Über-Cool Sounds of Hanni El Khatib

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Hanni El Khatib’s world is a dangerous place. The San Francisco-raised Los Angeles resident prefers to fill his musical terrain with outlaw characters and disastrous circumstances. At least three of Khatib’s releases, including last September’s full-length debut Will the Guns Come Out, have covers adorned with the mangled remnants of car wrecks.  

The Midwestern Thing

Cincinnati’s finest Americana ensemble, Magnolia Mountain, releases 'Town and Country'

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thanks at least partially to our proximity to Appalachia, Greater Cincinnati has long had one of the finest Roots/Americana music scenes in the region. And the finest band from that impressive batch of artists right now is Magnolia Mountain, the band formed by Rock veteran and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mark Utley about five years ago.   

A Fine ‘Mess’

After a nationally recognized debut, Bad Veins’ new album could bring the world to their door

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Some bands work for years for even the smallest scrap of national attention. For Cincinnati’s Bad Veins, that recognition came just after their second show in 2006 and has hardly abated in the subsequent six years. 
  

I Love Loosey

Pharaoh Loosey solidifies Prog/Post Rock sound in new album

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Sometimes the universe offers options you might never have otherwise imagined. Post Rock/Prog trio Pharaoh Loosey had already decided on the Mad Frog as the venue to celebrate the release of its debut CD, (h)wak formal, but when they ventured into the Corryville club’s catacombs, they found an ideal gig location.