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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.  

On A Rocky Mountain High

Alone at 3AM hits stride on new album and finds unlikely second home in Colorado

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Cincinnati’s Alone at 3AM recently released its third album and first for respected Colorado-based indie label, Suburban Home Records.  

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.