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’Q are You?

Terry Adams keeps NRBQ going strong

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
In the early 1990s, while working at The Denver Post, I did a preview of an NRBQ concert and referenced that the eclectic, rousingly good-natured Rock band had been at it for four decades now.  

Reel to ‘Real’

Cincy Funk master Freekbass channels his inner Pop child on new album, Everybody’s Feelin’ Real

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 10, 2014
There is a very particular bit of artist-centric evidence that determines the ostensible success of an album. Everybody’s Feelin’ Real, the new release from Cincinnati Funktronica legend Freekbass, is packed like a Kardashian’s overstuffed suitcase with that specific proof.   

Coming Into Focus

With a push start from Jeff Tweedy, White Denim finds cohesion on its latest LP

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 10, 2014
If Corsicana Lemonade, the fifth full-length studio album by White Denim, sounds like the group’s most focused yet, it didn’t happen by accident.  

Poliça State

Channy Leaneagh and Poliça created their latest album with an experimental view toward freedom and discomfort

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Poliça frontwoman Channy Leaneagh has led a fairly colorful life to date. It has included a stint at the Ramsey Fine Arts school in Minneapolis, forming the acoustic Folk/Rock duo Roma di Luna with former Oddjobs member Alexei Casselle after graduating high school, becoming an art teacher in Cambodia for a year, marrying Casselle, giving birth to their daughter, expanding Roma di Luna to a full band and crafting a handful of acclaimed releases.     

Men At Work

Brooklyn’s The Men show a different side on their fifth album in five years, Tomorrow's Hits

0 Comments · Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Men are busy. Formed in Brooklyn in 2008 by co-frontdudes/guitarists Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, the current five-piece has dropped five albums in the last five years, the last four for its hometown label Sacred Bones.
  

The Words of Aaron

Former SHADOWRAPTR drummer Aaron Collins goes solo in a big way with 'Godlessly Oscillating'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
It’s not surprising that Cincinnati's Aaron Collins chose to conduct our recent interview in a coffee shop. Given the entries in his planning calendar, which include juggling his work schedule, two bands and all the activities related to his debut solo album, Godlessly Oscillating, one wouldn’t be surprised if Collins were taking his caffeine intravenously these days.  

After All This Time

Forty years into his successful career, Rodney Crowell continues to experiment with and hone his craft

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Rodney Crowell’s visit to Cincinnati this week might seem to be just a routine return of an “old hand” Roots-music singer/songwriter — his first solo album, Ain’t Living Long Like This, was released in 1978. But there are some dramatic new developments in Crowell’s long career.  

Bringing Saxy Back

Chicagoan Dave McDonnell energizes the Cincy Jazz scene with dynamic chops and incredible experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Chicago native Dave McDonnell and his wife settled into their Cincinnati experience with their daughter’s arrival a couple years ago, but the saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist attended a similarly joyous birth when he and a collection of Chicago colleagues recorded his about-to-be-released Post Jazz album, the dragon and the griffin.  

Growing Up in Public

Cincinnati’s Wussy reaches its full potential on new album, Attica!

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wussy’s rise from modest Cincinnati upstarts to one of the best bands on the planet has been slow and steady, a natural evolution that couldn’t have happened in any other way.  

True Stripes

Cincinnati’s Zebras in Public don’t preach unity — they live it

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Zebras in Public is rightfully protective of their brand of juiced-up metallic Soul/Rock and the band-of-brothers attitude they’ve adopted to create it. The quintet’s freshly released full-length, Paradise Leg, is the band's second, (and strongest) album.
  

Union of the State

State Song locks in on a solid lineup for its sophomore album, the powerful and evocative Sleepcrawling

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
After recording its debut just after forming, Cincinnati’s State Song returns with a more developed vision on sophomore full-length Sleepcrawling.
  

Let the Good Times Roll

Twenty-six years in, the Supersuckers are still on the grind — and still dreaming big

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Even as the decades have passed and several members have moved in and out, Supersuckers remain committed to flippant, hooky, high-energy, underground-friendly Rock & Roll that heavily draws from Rockabilly, Garage Rock, Country and Punk.  

Arlo Can You Go?

The self-titled debut from Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound might have startled the songwriter more than it will his fans

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
There’s an interesting paradigm in Folk/Americana singer/songwriter Arlo McKinley’s career. McKinley has only been on the scene since 2012; his alter ego, Tim Carr, was a back-of-the-stage fixture for many years. But when Carr moved into the spotlight to front his Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, he found it necessary to adopt a new persona to handle the increased attention.  

High Setlist Hopes

What Springsteen should play at his Cincinnati tour stop

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 1, 2014
In light of reports from shows in Australia and New Zealand (and with a heavy dose of wishful thinking), here are some suggestions for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's set at their tour stop in Cincinnati.
  

Guided to 'Voices'

Live shows, The Beatles and a visual approach inform the new album from Indie Electronic duo Phantogram

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have known each other since attending junior high together in upstate New York in the late ’90s. Their friendship came in handy when, in 2007, Carter was looking to start a new musical project, one in which Hip Hop beats could commingle with atmospheric Indie Pop. Enter Phantogram.