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Ridin’ Wordy

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn follows his own narrative on solo records

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Craig Finn writes songs. He can’t help it, and he isn’t stopping anytime soon. Best known as the frontman for The Hold Steady, Finn has been delivering his detailed, word-addled songs about everyday people and places for more than two decades  

Wayne Storm

Daniel Wayne returns to Cincinnati with an all-star vengeance for his debut full-length album

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Like a modern-day Dorothy, Daniel Wayne left his home and traveled to remote locales to chase his heart’s desire, only to find that his greatest opportunities and potential for next-level success were right where he started.  

Puck It All

Cincinnati-area rapper/DJ Puck has overcome long odds to reach this point in his short, impressive career

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
At 23, Puck has achieved a great deal, with designs on even more. He’s released a series of mixtapes and EPs, done several accompanying videos and is currently writing new material as well as working on increasing his profile as a DJ.   

Embracing the Weirdness

With Helado Negro, Roberto Carlos Lange uniquely explores art, Electronic music and his Latin heritage

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Roberto Carlos Lange’s music, performed under the moniker Helado Negro, celebrates his Latin heritage in ways both obvious and subverting.  

Making Another Great ’Point

While the spirit and top-notch music remain, Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival introduces a few changes

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The MidPoint Music Festival returned to venues in Over-the-Rhine and downtown Sept. 25-27 for its 14th-annual event, once again offering open-minded music fans a buffet of stimulating sounds by mostly newer artists both known and up-and-coming.

‘Taiga’ Burning Bright

With her latest album, MidPoint Music Festival performer Zola Jesus confidently expands on her unique voice

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) grew up in rural Wisconsin as a precocious child known for her interest in all things opera and the otherworldly.   

Falcons Are Go! Again!

Local greats Warsaw Falcons look ahead and back simultaneously with fresh reunion gigs and archival releases

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2015
David Rhodes Brown and Warsaw Falcons must feel as though they’re in some bizarre nexus of the Bermuda Triangle and the Hot Tub Time Machine.

With Love (and Murder) in Her Heart

Colorful singer/songwriter Nellie McKay covers ’60s rockers on My Weekly Reader

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
An interview with Nellie McKay, the British-born, American-raised singer/songwriter and vocal stylist who performs a solo show this week at Cincinnati’s 20th Century Theater, can be as unpredictable as her career itself. But it’s also frequently greatly pleasurable, just like her music.   

From Gray Sky to Greensky

Greensky Bluegrass found success through heavy touring and embracing its “Midwestern Jamgrass” niche

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
We often hear about things like the Punk revival and the endless offshoots it’s spawned. Or we find an article about the rebirth of Hip Hop and how its true culture never died. But what we don’t see or hear about quite as often is Bluegrass spinoffs like Midwestern Jamgrass. The reason, perhaps, is that many might beg the question — is that a thing?  

Not-So-Easy ‘Riser’

Dierks Bentley reached the upper echelon of Country-music fame by not always doing the expected

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Riser, the latest album from Dierks Bentley, is being lauded for its collection of mid-tempo tunes and ballads that finds the Country singer digging deeper emotionally than ever before — a direction inspired largely by the death of his father two years ago and the recent birth of his first son.  

Upper Decker

Cincinnati's Jane Decker brings a fresh perspective to her newly adopted Pop direction

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Jane Decker is just barely into official adulthood, but she’s lived a virtual lifetime of experiences, both personally and professionally.    

Dive to the Top

Lake Street Dive’s decade-long march finally struck a nerve with its breakthrough album, Bad Self Portraits

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
It’s been a year and a half since the stratospheric breakout success of Lake Street Dive’s Bad Self Portraits album and its ubiquitous title track. In a heartbeat, the Boston-born/Brooklyn-based quartet was getting face time on every late-night/morning television show, notching adds in every conceivable radio format and scoring prime real estate in every music and entertainment magazine.  

Blues Warrior

Though some proclaim Blues a dying art form, Joe Bonamassa’s massive success proves otherwise

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Guitarist/singer Joe Bonamassa says his new DVD/album, Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks, captures a concert that will always stand out as a highlight of his musical life.  

F**kin’ Live

Frontier Folk Nebraska gets ready to record its first live album… even if no one is there

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
If a band plays a concert and there’s no audience, do they make a sound? If a group plays in a sealed club with no patrons, are they simultaneously live and not live? What if a band threw a live album and nobody came?  

Goin' Up the Country

Eleni Mandell explores a simpler path through the Zen of Country influence on Dark Lights Up

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
With a fan base as loyal as a Marine battalion and a catalog littered with nine sparkling gems of diverse Folk/Pop/Rock, including the ebullient Dick Van Dyke parks-and-recreational swing of last year’s Let’s Fly a Kite, singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell had no desire or inclination to subject her creative methodology to any severe course corrections.