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In a Galaxy 'Faraway'

Rusty Burge and Steve Allee take the vibes/piano concept to a quietly powerful new place with Faraway

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Cincinnati vibraphonist Rusty Burge has amassed an impressive curriculum vitae over the past 20-plus years, including four album releases. His latest, Faraway, is a collaboration with Indiana-based pianist Steve Allee.

Beyond the Mat

The Mountain Goats poetically explore the lives of small-time wrestlers on the new Beat the Champ

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Mountain Goats have dropped 15 albums since 1994, the most recent of which, the just released Beat the Champ, is yet another effort in which frontman John Darnielle’s hyper-literate words and modest but expressive voice take center stage.  

Prophet, Sharing

The collaborative-minded Chuck Prophet’s latest, Night Surfer, is one of the best albums of his storied career

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Chuck Prophet is making some of the best music of his career. Jangly, unique and rocking, Prophet’s jams should be reaching a bigger audience. But fickleness and modern tastes don’t always coincide with true creativity that may be lying in the grass like a snake.  

The Utley Truth

Cincinnati’s Mark Utley releases his second solo effort, Bulletville, and resurrects Magnolia Mountain

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Prolific singer/songwriter Mark Utley has released a single album’s worth of songs. And that’s all. Bulletville, Utley’s excellent sophomore solo album, is not a double-set on a single CD or accompanied by a new release from his band Magnolia Mountain or another musical vessel for the songs that pour endlessly from his head, heart and hands.  

Moore Is More

Dallas Moore’s new album, Dark Horse Rider, caps an amazingly fruitful stretch for the Country/Rock kingpin

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2015
In the years between 2002's High on the Hog and 2008's Tales from a Road King, Greater Cincinnati Country artist Dallas Moore and his band  toured relentlessly with a boundless appetite for the road and its greater and lesser sins. Since Road King, he’s put out several releases, including his latest album of powerful originals, Dark Horse Rider.  

She & Them

Post Rock provocateurs Us, Today flip the script on their improv structure for the composed and concussive 'TenEnemies'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Cincinnati trio Us, Today is taking things to the next level with the new full-length release 'TenEnemies.'

Crushing It

Cincinnati’s Lovecrush 88 finds its sound in clash of disparate influences

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
An affinity for the down and dirty can be heard in Cincinnati band Lovecrush 88’s mix of ’80s Goth, Hair Metal and good old fashioned Rock & Roll. Featuring singer Tina Sullivan, guitarist Joel Spivey, bassist Nathan Bach and drummer Ryan Moore, Lovecrush 88 has assembled a sound that is hot in all the right ways.  

Booster Shot

Vince Gill returns to Cincinnati on a brief tour showcasing Country up-and-comers

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Vince Gill is no stranger to Cincinnati.   

MusicNOW (and Then)

For Bryce Dessner, 2015’s MusicNOW Festival is every bit as exhilarating as the first

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2015
When Bryce Dessner, guitarist for international Indie Rock stars The National, founded the MusicNOW Festival in 2006, he didn’t necessarily envision the three-day Indie Rock-meets-experimental/Classical music event’s growth potential.   

What Can Brown Do For You?

Pieta Brown’s musical DNA is just one part of her amazing story

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Pieta Brown’s decision to go into the family business was not one to be taken lightly.    

Thigh of the Tiger

Tiger Sex proves that imported local music is every bit as good as the homegrown stuff

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tiger Sex has been a Cincinnati band for a little more than a year and has come to appreciate the local ins and outs.

True to Life

Rod Picott writes about working-class life from an honest place

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Here’s a handy little mathematical equation to keep in mind when considering the state of popular music: Modern Country = lies. Americana = truth.  

Swans in Bloom

Thirty years after debuting, Swans are making the best music of leader Michael Gira’s career

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Somehow, more than 30 years after debuting amid the height of the No Wave movement, Swans are making the best music of their long, twisted existence.  

The Fall Guy

Cult legend Robyn Hitchcock delivers on latest “autumnal” album, The Man Upstairs

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock, the British singer/songwriter whose intimately resonant, raspy voice and mysteriously peculiar worldview were shaped by such skewed troubadours of his youth as Nick Drake, Syd Barrett and the Incredible String Band, has long been said to make “autumnal” records. As in, “songs or singing that reflect on life with a bittersweet, melancholy wisdom coming from age and experience.”  

The Long Rider

For Willie Nile, Rock provides the reason to live

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Willie Nile, the long underappreciated, roots-rockin’ singer/songwriter from the streets of New York, has been on an incredible ride — an American ride — of late.