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The Life of Riley

Michael Riley’s extraordinary love of music is the focus of an upcoming tribute

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 10, 2009
When Michael Riley died in June from a massive stroke, it was clear his passing would leave a gaping hole in the Cincinnati scene and that his life and talents were worthy of significant tribute. His longtime professional and personal companion Tebbe Farrell has been planning that tribute for months, and it comes to fruition Saturday at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center with "Man of Music: A Tribute to Michael W. Riley."  

Sounds of the Circle

A fantasy mix tape to accompany your tour of of the suburbs

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2009
If Henry Ford invented the car, Dwight D. Eisenhower invented the road trip. Perhaps a slightly exaggerated analogy, but each of these men contributed to the very-American idea of hopping into a car, hitting the open highway and cranking up the tunes.  

Very Extremely Dangerous Singles

Shake It releases tribute series to Southern Soul marvel Eddie Hinton

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The busy job of being co-owner of Shake It Records shop and label hasn't stopped Darren Blase from launching a series of limited-edition 45-rpm vinyl singles by the likes of Greg Dulli, Drive-By Truckers, Heartless Bastards and Wussy in tribute to the late Eddie Hinton.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: The MC/DJ Relationship

Don't make a memory for yourself at the expense of the people

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
A DJ and artist's interaction is vital to a good show. Something I learned years ago is that no one will remember your lyrics and no one will remember your beats — the audience came to make a moment and memory. It's your job to give them that memory, and it's easier said than done. Don’t make a memory for yourself at the expense of the people. This is how you stand out.  

The Accidental Poet

Veteran singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt finds inspiration in authors, artists and bandmates

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Ever since he released his first Michael Stipe-produced album 'Little' in 1990, Vic Chesnutt has carved out one of the most unusual careers in the singer/songwriter pantheon. A paraplegic using a wheelchair since breaking his neck in a 1983 car accident, the Athens, Ga.-based Chesnutt might be physically confined but not creatively.  

The Tara Way

On 'A Ways Away,' Tara Jane ONeil continues doing her own thing

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tara Jane ONeil is like the Daniel Boone of Indie Rock. From the very dawn of her career — as a founding member of Rodan, Retsin and The Sonora Pine — to her decade-long solo stint, ONeil has blazed sonic trails in favor of following trends, making a name for herself as a guitarist, singer/songwriter, producer, film scorer and visual artist.  

Rocking the Class X

Local low-power radio station plays the music that made (and still makes) the whole world sing

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
With mainstream radio's repetitive fare, the Internet has become a Wild West of streaming content. But where is the radio of old, the terrestrial signal that beams wildly varied programming into our cars, homes and computers? Funny you should ask. North of Cincinnati, in the basement of a nondescript home, Bill Spry and an unlikely cast are making radio the old-fashioned way. Spry calls it Class X Radio.  

Savior of The Damned

Andrew Pinching discusses his 10-year tenure with Punk stalwarts

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Damned have carved their reputation out of going about things in an off-kilter fashion. When they released the ebullient "New Rose" in 1976, it wasn't just their first single — it's usually credited as being the first Punk Rock single, period. In the same year, they snapped up a spot on the "Anarchy in the U.K. Tour" with The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers. As those other pioneers were gradually exterminated by drugs, The Damned kept going.   

Legends of The Fall

With new album in tow, The Fall of Troy wade past Post-Hardcore waters

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The members of The Fall of Troy knew it was time for a break. As they reached the end of their touring cycle for 2007's 'Manipulator' album, the group was burned out on performing and still adjusting to the departure of bassist Tim Ward, who quit in November of that year due to stress. With a handful of rudimentary compositions already in the works for its next disc, the band spent about eight months removed from its music. The hiatus did them good.  

Good Dog

Dr. Dog has evolved from a project duo to a hard-working band

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Charting the history and progress of Dr. Dog requires a flexible perspective. The more recent development of Dr. Dog as a band unit actually arcs much further back to Dr. Dog as the musical teenage pursuit of Philly childhood friends Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken.  

Girls Gone Rock!

Jessica Hopper provides a blueprint for aspiring female rockers

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Jessica Hopper started out playing in bands and working behind the scenes when she was just 15 — and remembers just how hard it was. In her new book, 'The Girls' Guide to Rocking,' she describes sitting "in a basement room for a half hour watching a very frustrated, ancient dude try to teach me ... a song I didn't know, and didn't want to know, from an era of music I hated." Now Hopper offers a straightforward, encouraging roadmap for girls who want to rock on their own terms.  

The Keller Inside

Keller Williams defies categorization by embracing a dozen genres

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 6, 2009
For our interview, Keller Williams takes a break from recording his radio show, 'Keller's Cellar,' at his Fredericksburg, Va., home base. The web-only show is much like Williams' work as a musician: Eclectic doesn't even begin to describe it.  

The Sounds of Science

Andrew Bird continues to soar, inspired by Classical music, science and linguistics

0 Comments · Monday, October 5, 2009
Andrew Bird might not consider himself to be a man out of time, but his renaissance talents and fascination with 19th/early 20th century music forms suggest otherwise. In today's fickle pop culture world, we don't run into many virtuosos these days.   

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Regional Classical musicians converge monthly for relaxed bar sessions

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Once a month, crowds gather at Northside Tavern for a hot session of trio sonatas and brass quintets. Or wind ensembles and string quartets. Or operatic arias. On a recent Sunday evening, an audience decked out in jeans, multiple tattoos and piercings ambled past the Cincinnati Wind Quintet warming up to perform a Viktor Ewald piece. It's another evening of Classical Revolution, Cincinnati's branch of a growing national network that bypasses the concert hall for bars and nightclubs.  

A 'Point of Pride

2009 MidPoint Music Festival persevered and thrived despite the rain

3 Comments · Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Now in its eighth year, MidPoint 2009 faced rain each of its three nights. But, in a testament to how much the festival's reputation has grown since its inception, attendance hardly seemed impacted by the grey, wet weather. Even on the Thursday opening night (traditionally the "slow" night of the event), a steady drizzle didn't stop local and regional music fans from packing the clubs, tents and makeshift venues.