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Electric Avenues

Cincinnati’s Electric Citizen takes a quick detour from the road to trumpet the release of its debut full-length

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
With international acclaim and relentless national touring, Heavy Cincinnati rockers Electric Citizen return home for a release party in honor of its debut full-length, Sateen.
  

The Forsyth Saga

Guy Forsyth plays all kinds of Blues for all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Back in the ‘70s, John Denver wrote the line, “I’d no more love just one kind of woman than drink only one kind of wine.” Guy Forsyth takes a similar approach when it comes to playing music in general, and the Blues specifically.  

No Filter

Up-and-comer K. Michelle uses reality TV and intimate, honest songwriting to build her audience

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
While most R&B and Dance Pop artists keep things light lyrically, singing playful songs about the opposite sex, going to clubs, partying and other just-for-fun subjects, there’s not much sweetness and light on K. Michelle’s debut album, Rebellious Soul. And don’t look for any typical heartbroken anthems, either.   

Bond of Brothers

Dave and Phil Alvin find 'Common Ground' in Big Bill Broonzy

0 Comments · Monday, July 21, 2014
Dave and Phil Alvin hadn't made an album together since Dave left The Blasters in the mid-’80s. But their longtime mutual love for Blues icon Big Bill Broonzy recently brought them back together for a new full-length, Common Ground.
  

You Meta, You Bet

Sturgill Simpson gives cosmic context to Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Last spring, singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson was overly anxious about the arrival of his debut album, High Top Mountain. He’s spent this year simultaneously anticipating the birth of his debut child and the reception of his just-released sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.    

Turn the Cage

After showcasing its influences on previous albums, Cage the Elephant finds its voice with Melophobia

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Brad Shultz has had a good deal of time to live with Melophobia, the latest album from his band, Cage The Elephant. And some six months after its release, he’s still feeling more at home with Melophobia than the band’s first two albums.   

Grave Concerns

Mötley Crüe’s current tour really is its final one — legally

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Tommy Lee might sound a bit morbid when he says he wants each show on the final tour with his band, Mötley Crüe, to be like a wake.   

Kings of Power

Martin Luther and the Kings refine their “Kablam Rock” on latest material

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The members of Martin Luther and the Kings are recovering from a long night of partying, performing and drinking. Guitarist and vocalist “Hellcat” Matt Smith, bassist Aaron “Bogie” Bogren and drummer Jimmy “Jims” Snowden are sitting at a table with pints of Guinness, hot wings and sunglasses, all within reach.
  

Sonic Barbarism

Avant-garde cult hero Lydia Lunch hits the road with a live retrospective of her provocative music career

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Here’s a clear sign the apocalypse is coming: Lydia Lunch is touring North America, especially the Midwest, with her Retrovirus band and show.     

Street Life 101

The Nothing’s eclectic, streetwise sound combines every loud and angry genre

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Sitting down with Northern Kentucky-based Punk rockers The Nothing on May the 4th (Star Wars Day for the non-geeks in the audience) felt like fate. The members of the band (vocalist Jimi Caudill, guitarist Paulie Burgio, drummer Eric Robinson and bassist Dan Snow) have all had a Jedi-esque journey of redemption littered with band transitions, relationship implosions, addiction and other trials.
  

The Devil is in the Details

Incisive Metal outfit Agalloch focuses on making the most of the little things

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
As the music recording business continues to shrink, the music merchandising business continues to grow. In the last few years, one of the most unusual burgeoning merch trends has been bands attaching themselves to alcoholic beverages.   

’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.