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Kentuckians Moore and Sollee team up to address unsound mining practices in Appalachia

0 Comments · Monday, February 8, 2010
Two years ago, regional Folk phenoms Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee met at a Lexington show and began making small talk about music when the subject of Appalachian strip mining was broached. This mutual passion led to the collaborative album, 'Dear Companion.'  

Souther Man

JD Souther returns to the studio and stage after 24 years

1 Comment · Monday, February 1, 2010
If you were asked which "lady or gentleman of the canyon" — the iconic 1970s-era singer-songwriters of Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon — had recently delivered a late-middle-age masterpiece, you’d probably guess Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Carole King, Don Henley, CS&N ... basically anyone but JD Souther. That's because he'd stopped recording for 24 years before releasing 'If the World Was You' to such acclaim in late 2008.  

Rejuvenated Chaos from Cancer Bats

Toronto hardcore outfit aims to mesh the raw and the refined on new album

0 Comments · Monday, January 25, 2010
Singer Liam Cormier vows to expand his repertoire of aching, personal tracks on Cancer Bats' new album, due in April. He describes it as "Glenn Danzig going on a camping trip with Black Flag's Greg Ginn, a reanimated Vincent Price and the Beastie Boys." Despite that incongruous congregation, he swears the band's third CD is its most cohesive work yet.  

Solitary Refinement

Owl City and Lights find wide audience with their solo crafted Electronic Pop

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2010
From the humblest of beginnings Adam Young has built a 21st Century Pop juggernaut called Owl City that's traveled the information superhighway on a meteoric rise to fame and acclaim. Opening on Young's current tour is the lovely and talented Lights, whose birth name is Valerie Poxleitner. In a way, you could call her the female and/or Canadian version of Owl City. The similarities are striking.  

Hip Hop (Un)scene: The Future Is Unwritten

Dreams are great, but temper your excitement, be realistic and enjoy every moment

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I have a theory: Your dream is kind of like the moon — the further away you are from it, the more beautiful it looks. The closer you get to it, the more you see the reality of it: the craters, the flaws, the reality. If "me" from 2002 could see me now, I'm sure he would be so excited that he finally "made it."  

Hot Live Singles!

Sarah Borges spreads beloved live presence around on stage and record

0 Comments · Monday, January 11, 2010
When Sarah Borges appeared in Cincinnati last September on the MidPoint Music Festival's closing night, she was ailing, her band was playing the unknown-to-them Know Theatre and they were following the rejuvenated Wussy, clearly one of the local scene's biggest names. Of course, Borges and the Singles retained nearly every Wussy fan and rocked the Know to its very foundation. Her comfort in front of unpredictable audiences comes to Borges naturally.  

Licensed to Till

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.