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With a new album at the ready, The Tillers have ambitious goals for 2010

0 Comments · Monday, January 4, 2010
It's been a good year for The Tillers. They won Best Folk/Americana at the recent Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and now are releasing their second album, 'By the Signs.' The Tillers also are excited about their inclusion in an upcoming USA Network documentary and series of reports about people who live along Route 50, produced and hosted by veteran TV newsman Tom Brokaw.   

The Year in Your Ear

A look back at the best of the year in local recordings

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It’s a safe bet that “physical copies” of albums will become less common as we hit 2019. But format, shmormat. The real story this year isn’t how the latest music from Greater Cincinnati was delivered; it’s how it sounded. And 2009 sounded pretty kick-ass if you were a follower of local music.  

Sweet Child '09

CityBeat music writers get all list-y on 2009's ass

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2009
CityBeat's music writing brigade found a lot to love about music in the last year of the '00s. From locals to underground sensations to mainstream oddities and commodities, 2009 surely was something to write home about.  

Heroes of the Zeroes

Fifty reasons why real music fans were lucky to live in Cincinnati in the ’00s

3 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2009
As we approach the beginning of a new decade, I decided to try to think of 100 reasons why I've enjoyed covering Cincinnati music over the past 3,650 days. At first I was worried I might not be able to come up with enough. A couple of hours into an "off the top of my head" list, I considered changing it to 1,000 reasons. After some hard editing choices, I've managed to squeeze the decade down into 50 items.  

All Anthologies

Musical hints for your last-minute holiday shopping hustle

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The economy may have been in its worst recession since The Great Depression, but that didn’t stop record companies from putting out a bumper crop of box sets in 2009. Here’s a look at the best of the bunch, any of which would make great gifts this holiday season.   

Happily Secluded

David Dewitt might be the best local musician you'll never hear live

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Everything sounds better with headphones. The singular listening experience can be as robust and powerful as the best, sold-out, jam-packed live show ever seen. With headphones, the listener is in charge of the tiny world that exists between a song’s melody and the brain’s erogenous zone.  

Wade to Go

Wade Baker's submersion into the local Jazz scene (and beyond) has made him a key part of it

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wade Baker recently nabbed his first CEA nomination in the Jazz category, but he's a pervasive presence throughout Cincinnati's music scene. In addition to playing trumpet with a rotating cast of Jazz luminaries in the Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration, he's toured with Hip Hop/Jazz/Jam locals Eclipse, provided bass for Blues cat Jon Justice for the past three years and has a regular gig with the veteran Blue Birds Big Band. And that's just a partial list.  

Men at Dirty Work

King Khan & BBQ Show are Garage Rock's high priests of filth

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Ask Mark Sultan how he's doing, and small talk threatens to turn scatological. As The King Khan & BBQ Show cruise past Oregonian woodlands en route to its Portland date, the singer/guitarist responds with a bill of clean health and quickly reports that the highlight of his drive has been a deer adorned with "a Mohawk of shit."  

Flobots Are in It Together

Alt-Hip Hop crew promotes survival, unity, action and change

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The members of Flobots hope to evoke change in society and seriously give a damn in an obvious, non-ironic way. Yes, they want to sell records. But they also want to "be the change" that gets Americans off their asses in order to think more critically.  

Behind the (Holiday) Music

The stories behind the holiday songs you've heard far too many times

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Despite the fact that we pretty much hear the same songs every holiday season, to many people classic Christmas tunes are transcendent, spreading enough nostalgia and good cheer that they never tire of them.  

Freedom Writer

Chuck Prophet heads south for new album

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Before I could even fully ask the question, Chuck Prophet (the Petty-with-an-edge Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist) was laughing. I said the word "Wikipedia," and he instantly knew I was heading to this paragraph in his entry: "Chuck Prophet parted with New West Records in 2005 after a restaurant tab argument involving an extra order of garlic bread."  

Hip Hop (Un)scene: What About Your Friends?

The delicate but necessary balance of business and friends

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2009
For anyone who’s been reading these columns, I hope you’re catching on to the natural progression of the format. We started at the earliest stages for a new artist and are leading up to the more advanced business and musical aspects of the industry.  

A Little Bit Louder Now

Loudmouth puts the party in Punk and nabs a CEA nod

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2009
After a year of existence, Loudmouth experienced the gamut of local band emotions in a fairly compressed time frame. For starters, Loudmouth would never have existed if former Now Entering Rehab guitarist/vocalist Mike Ulanski had opted for a Florida teaching job.  

Herzog Is Hallowed Ground

Historical marker honors recording studio with vital ties to Hank Williams and popular music's very evolution

0 Comments · Monday, November 16, 2009
"Lovesick Blues" became the most important song in Hank Williams' career and one of the most influential singles in Country and Pop music history. And it was recorded in downtown Cincinnati on Dec. 22, 1948, at E.T. Herzog Recording Company, on the second floor of 811 Race St. In all, the "father of contemporary Country music" would record eight songs there. Yes, before Nashville had Music Row (and even before King Records made its mark) Cincinnati had Herzog on Race.  

Nerds of a Feather

The inaugural NerdPow! celebrates better video gaming through music

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 10, 2009
With game developers taking frequent technological leaps and the popularity of Rock Band and Guitar Hero nearing the point of cultural oversaturation, current video game music is light years removed from the tinny din and clunky MIDI palettes of yesteryear. Exhibit A: Cincinnati's first NerdPow!, featuring live performances, a subculture-chronicling documentary film and games to play as musicians rotate between sets.