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The MidPoint Music Festival tops itself once again with its 13th annual event

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
MidPoint has become not only a showcase of adventurous music makers from around the world, it is also a showcase of the immense progress Cincinnati’s downtown and Over-the-Rhine have made in a relatively short period of time.  

Home is Where the Art Is

Dealing with self-doubt and writer’s block, Brett Dennen rediscovered his muse in a familiar place

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2014
On tour behind his 2011 album Loverboy, the singer/songwriter found himself wearing down, getting stuck creatively and unsure about where to go with his music.  

Caged Heat

Born Cages successfully integrate Rock and Electronica in a band short on history and long on ambition

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The question that’s on a lot of minds — particularly that of Born Cages guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Vlad Holiday — is, “Why can’t Rock and Electronica co-exist in a single entity?”
  

Get Weller Soon

Paul Weller’s lifetime of musical creativity is (partially) encapsulated in his second solo hits collection

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Paul Weller’s career, in total, has generated an astonishing 32 hits collections (including B-sides/rarities compilations) and six box sets.  

Bone Structure

New Orleans' Trombone Shorty discusses his musical inspirations

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Trombone Shorty's latest album, Say That to Say This, has made history by bringing together the original members of the seminal New Orleans band The Meters for the first time in more than three decades.  

Swinging Sensations

Keith Jones and the Makeshifts shake, rattle and roll their way to a growing fan base

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Keith Jones has perfected his stage show and his band’s homage to Bill Haley and the Comets-era Rock & Roll and Rockabilly.
  

From Brazil With Love

Cincinnati Jazz pianist Phil DeGreg continues his long love affair with Brazilian musical tradition

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Cincinnati Jazz pianist Phil DeGreg talks about his recently released third album of Brazilian Jazz exploration, Brazilian People, and the state of Jazz in Cincinnati and beyond.
  

We Built This Old City

Piece by piece, Old City has come together to become one of Cincinnati’s sonic powerhouses

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
After issuing a trio of EPs since 2012 — originally on old school cassettes — and a live album back in January, the current incarnation of Cincinnati’s Old City concluded it was time for a proper full-length release.
  

Making Big Daddy Proud

Cedric Burnside carries on a family tradition of Mississippi Hill Country Blues

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Cedric Burnside learned how to play the Blues at the side of his legendary grandfather, R.L. Burnside. Since then, Cedric has gone on to win four Blues Music Awards for Best Instrumentalist: Drummer, including this year. His current band is the Cedric Burnside Project, featuring guitarist Trent Ayers. The duo’s latest album is Hear Me When I Say.   

Fateful Twists

After enduring numerous challenges, Escape The Fate is burning up the road in support of Ungrateful

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
After being out of the spotlight for a couple years, Escape the Fate is using touring — including dates on this year's Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival — to reintroduce itself.  

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.