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Resilient Rebellion

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club re-emerges from some difficult, dark times with 'Specter at the Feast'

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
On Specter of the Feast, MidPoint Music Festival headliners Black Rebel Motorcycle Club showcases both the band’s buzzing Rock & Roll side and its more atmospheric approach.  

Savage Love

Garage Soul troupe Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ Cincinnati ties lead to this weekend’s two-night stand

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
R&B/Soul/Garage band Barrence Whitfield and the Savages celebrate their recent Bloodshot Records release and pay tribute to King Records with two shows at MOTR Pub this weekend.  

Built to Last

Blues/Rock/Soul ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band headlines the inaugural Ohio River Throwdown

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Blues/Rock/Soul ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band, fresh off of their chart-busting album release, Made Up Mind, headlines the inaugural Ohio River Throwdown, alongside Los Lobos, JJ Grey & Mofro, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and many other American Roots music all-stars.
  

Parts and Labor

The ever-productive experimental punks of No Age use the tactile to inspire the emotional

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The workhorses of No Age project the sensibility of a band that’s deeply D.I.Y., Punk to the bone and extra-mindful of everything they do. From an outsider’s perspective, it’s tough to gauge whether No Age’s tenacity stems from a ceaseless need to be productive, a compulsion to stay in the spotlight or the desire to build up to a certain kind of goal.
  

Ready to Explode

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Mangrenade vocalist/guitarist Nick Thieme has just driven a sparkling new (to him, at least) van off the lot. But this new van (nicknamed “Vangrenade 2.0” or “The Deuce”) isn’t just a new touring vehicle, it is also a symbol of Mangrenade’s determination to make it, car payments be damned.  

Banded Together

Cincinnati’s Shiny and the Spoon go from spare duo to full quartet on sophomore album

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Box of Bullets, the new full-length album from Cincinnati Folk/Americana/Pop crew Shiny and the Spoon, is given “more bite and edge" thanks to the act's completed evolution into a full-time quartet.
  

Long Time Coming

Aly Spaltro searches for catharsis and a spot of her own as Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
As Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Aly Spaltro is currently earning attention for raw, poignant tunes that glow with gusto — both as wandering, relatively skeletal acoustic-rooted numbers and feisty, forceful electric-propelled tunes. In either instance, she decorates her songs with imagistic, compellingly detailed and often innocuous lyrics about troubled relationships and scattered trepidations.  

Reading, Writing, Rocking

Cincinnati’s Mardou builds steam with exhilarating Post Punk sound

3 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Mardou is a young Cincinnati band that’s made a name for itself as an energetic Post Punk quartet. Having played their first show May of 2012, the members of Mardou have released their debut offering of four songs, known as Cardigan EP.
  

A Man on a Mission

The legendary Buddy Guy continues his efforts to keep the Blues alive

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Buddy Guy may be 77 now, but he doesn’t act anywhere near his age. He’s energetic and passionate about Blues and is doing more shows this year than many musicians half his age. Guy and longtime friend B.B. King, though, are among the last of the major Blues stars from the post-World War II wave of Blues artists still alive and working regularly.  

Harlequins' Romance

Cincinnati Psych Rock trio The Harlequins absorb and reflect their influential love on 'Sex Change'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
On last year’s eponymous full-length and their just released Sex Change EP, Cincinnati's The Harlequins  have evolved to the point where they’ve stopped emulating their inspirations and started assimilating them into their own unique sonic amalgamation.  

Staying True

Grizzly Bear’s rise in popularity hasn’t swayed the group from continuing to make music they love

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Grizzly Bear is the kind of band that sneaks up on you. Its atmospheric, richly textured songs take time to process, its hooks less overt than your typical Indie Rock outfit’s. The band’s four multitalented members are just as understated in personality and presentation, all of which makes Grizzly Bear’s steady upward trajectory somewhat surprising.  

Nature Boy

Singer/songwriter Sean Rowe has many natural talents

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Besides being an extraordinarily resonant Americana singer/songwriter, Sean Rowe is in the rare, fortunate position of knowing the sound of a tree falling in the forest. A devoted naturalist as well as a performing songwriter whose album The Salesman and the Shark is getting widespread praise, Rowe once spent 24 days completely on his own, foraging in a forest.  

A Nice Pair

Cincinnati’s Mark Utley simultaneously drops the fourth Magnolia Mountain album and his solo debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Cincinnati Americana ensemble Magnolia Mountain has always exhibited a broad sonic diversity, moving easily from Country to Folk to to twangy Rock. Frontman Mark Utley has decided to use his solo debut as a repository for the more Country aspects of his writing spectrum, leaving the heavier, bluesier, funkier tracks for Magnolia Mountain.  

Perpetual Flux

Swans’ ringleader Michael Gira likes being a “puppet to the music”

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Michael Gira has reignited his legendary Post Punk band Swans … and remains as compelling as ever.  

Ol' Dirty Bastards

Cincinnati's Community Service is on a mission to preserve Hip Hop integrity

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Cincinnati Hip Hop supergroup Community Service is prepping its next album, Konkrete Kingz, for an August release.