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Versatile Beauty

With current tour, Julianna Barwick takes her acclaimed ambient sound from bars to synagogues

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Julianna Barwick, whose music consists of ethereal and largely wordless vocals looped and otherwise layered to achieve a haunting choral effect as she plays keyboards, has booked some unusual venues for the tour that brings her to Cincinnati this week.
  

Moment of Clarity

Sobriety and a more relaxed approach help make Southeastern Jason Isbell’s finest album yet

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
“Cover Me Up,” the somber opening song on Jason Isbell’s latest album, Southeastern, includes this revealing lyric: “I sobered up and I swore off that stuff, forever this time.”
  

A Temporary Makeover

Newgrass favorites Yonder Mountain String Band hit the road with some gifted substitutes

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 21, 2014
With Newgrass heroes Yonder Mountain String Band’s mandolinist Jeff Austin sitting out the band’s current tour due to his brand-new baby, two members of ace Bluegrass crew Del McCoury Band will be filling in for the proud papa.
  

Coffee Talk

Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming goes solo with his Diane Coffee project

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Laid up with an illness after moving to New York City, Foxygen drummer and child actor/voice talent Shaun Fleming produced his surprisingly lush solo debut as Diane Coffee with minimal instruments and a Macbook Pro.
  

Weekend State

A more thoughtful approach (and a dash of therapy) inform Jinx, the second album from Weekend

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Weekend guitarist/vocalist Shaun Durkan has certainly gotten plenty of feedback concerning Jinx, the band’s second release. And while no one has exactly accused Durkan of sophomore-slumping on Jinx, there’s certainly been a fair amount of grumbling about the differences between the  album and its louder and more visceral predecessor, 2010’s Sports.  

'Saint' Maker

Cincinnati’s Rob Fetters drops third solo album and further proof of his Pop divinity

1 Comment · Monday, December 30, 2013
Singer/songwriter Rob Fetters’ fourth solo album, Saint Ain't, leaves out the psychedelia but explores plenty of fresh sonic territory.  

A Siren in the Dark

A clash of influences creates area band Siren’s dynamic Metal sound

0 Comments · Monday, December 30, 2013
In Greek mythology, a Siren was a gorgeous woman whose enchanting songs caused innumerable sailors to shipwreck, never to be seen again. It is somewhat ironic, then, that Northern Kentucky-based Siren is a Heavy Metal group featuring four very furry young men. But for local metalheads, Siren’s mix of a Doom foundation — with Thrash and Death Metal components — is just as intoxicating as the verses of old.  

2013: The Year in Local Recordings

Highlights from another great year for Greater Cincinnati's original musicians

1 Comment · Sunday, December 29, 2013
A look back at some of the best albums, EPs and singles to come out of Greater Cincinnati's rich music scene in 2013.   

You Can't Wrap an MP3

Box sets and other special releases make fine holiday gifts for music lovers

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Stumped for a last-minute gift for the music lover on your list? Here are a few of the better box sets and special music releases from 2013.
  

2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Nominations

Nominees for the 17th annual CEAs again demonstrate strength, diversity of local music scene

25 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, now in their 17th year of honoring musicians from the Greater Cincinnati music scene, are coming up in January and we have the nominees. Study up and get ready to vote starting Dec. 13.  

8-Bits to Hold You

Anamanaguchi takes Chiptune to the next (game) level with 'Endless Fantasy'

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
In a field crowded with basement/bedroom Laptop Pop experimentalists, New York City quartet Anamanaguchi stands as one of the leading lights at the forefront of the Chiptune genre.  

A Scribble Resurrection?

Scribble Jam turns to crowdfunding in an effort to bring back the iconic Cincinnati Hip Hop fest

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Since canceling the long-running Scribble Jam Hip Hop fest almost five years ago, co-founder Nick Accurso and his fellow organizers have been inundated with requests to bring it back. But Accurso’s not going backward. “I’d rather let it die for what it was than create a new history that’s just so-so,” he says.     

Foxy & Elsewhere

Cincinnati’s Foxy Shazam readies fifth album and final local shows of 2013

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Internationally successful Cincinnati rockers Foxy Shazam talk about this weekend's hometown shows and reveal just a few details about their forthcoming fifth album, recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini.
  

The Incredible Shrinking Record

The popularity of shorter EP releases continues to grow among artists, labels and fans

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
As sales of physical music releases continue to decline, musicians and labels are rediscovering and embracing the advantages of issuing shorter EPs.
  

Cross-Cultural Communication

The West African elements of Toubab Krewe’s World Fusion sound come from hands-on training

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
North Carolina’s Toubab Krewe fuses traditional West African music with eclectic, open-ended Rock & Roll.