Writing since his teen years, 21-year-old singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran became a star in the U.K. in 2011. His U.S. success picked up in earnest last year and now Sheeran appears to be on the verge of becoming a household name in the States.
Last year was a busy one for The Natives — the Hip Hop aggregation released two new
albums as free downloads, maintained a high profile in the local club scene,
produced a handful of videos and nabbed a Cincinnati
Entertainment Awards nomination for New Artist of the Year.
Public’s debut four-song EP, Red,
released last summer through the local Counter Rhythm Group, offers the
yelping howl, martial cadence and galloping verve of Modest Mouse
without the thick icing of ironic hipster cool.
During their journey, The Heartless
Bastards have experienced a few personnel changes and a record label
switch, as well as a major relocation from Cincinnati to Austin, Tex.,
all of which occurred within a few years. The one constant has been the original
songs, guitar playing and vocals of Erika Wennerstrom.
The band known as the DAAP Girls is made
up of all guys, has barely anything to show as far as web-presence and
has yet to release any music. Still, they have been chosen as a nominee
for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards’ New Artist of the Year, and