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Increased collaboration made Wilco’s latest release the sum of all the band’s parts

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
While Tweedy is the band’s songwriter and he makes the call in terms of what songs end up on the band’s albums, Wilco is far from a one-man show.  

The Slow Flight Skyward

The Dig evaluates the ins and outs of life as an emerging Rock outfit in 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Erick Eiser of NYC Indie Rock band The Dig had teenage aspirations of being in the music business, a story as old as recorded music itself. But what sets types like him apart from the dreamers is his willingness to commit to the idea of a band and see the concept through.
  

Before Hell Freezes Over

The case for inducting Punk pioneer Richard Hell into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
He’s a Kentuckian and architect of Punk, but Kentucky Music Hall of Fame seems to be in no rush to induct Lexington native/Punk icon Richard Hell.  

What Would Seabird Do?

Seabird breaks free from a label-created pigeonhole with self-released Troubled Days

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
After leaving the label that, against its wishes, promoted it as solely a “Christian band,” Cincinnati’s Seabird flies on its own with the new self-released album, Troubled Days.
  

A Deeper Shade of Grey

Progressive Cincinnati Doom crew Grey Host is brutal with a brain

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Cincinnati's Grey Host’s take on Doom Metal supports a different kind of headbanging — a calculating and sinister rhythm that makes direct eye contact with strangers at a Metal show even more uncomfortable than usual.
  

Going up in Style

Dropkick Murphys' deft Punk/Celtic mesh continues to draw fans

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The band’s national profile has grown steadily over subsequent albums, while Dropkick Murphys have become hugely popular in the band’s hometown of Boston. The city has been celebrated in a number of the group’s songs, most notably “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.”    

Mighty Like Some Prose

Kenny Roby’s first album in seven years is one of 2013’s best

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
After Six String Drag in the ’90s and some fairly low-profile solo LPs, singer/songwriter Kenny Roby tops it all with Memories & Birds.  

Mountain's Range

Despite a true “near-death” experience, dynamic Bluegrass group Mountain Heart continues to thrill

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Mountain Heart is a band that works hard to entertain, with the focus put on bringing high energy to the stage and working as a team, with every excellent musician getting their shot in the limelight.   

Napoleon, Dynamite

Napoleon Maddox and IsWhat?! meld 17 years of experience into an explosive new album

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
European touring and apocalyptic anxiety influence the new LP, Things That Go Bump in the Dark, by Cincinnati music veteran Napoleon Maddox and his progressive Hip Hop/Jazz/Etc. group, IsWhat?!.
  

Saxophone Colossus

Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare Vol. 3 features bleakness, hope, Justin Vernon and Metal

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The music Colin Stetson is playing on his current solo tour largely features songs from New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, the just-released final entry in a trilogy of loosely connected albums for Constellation Records.
  

Tweenage Dream

“Trash Pop” trio Tweens has quickly become Cincinnati’s most buzzed-about unsigned band

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In a short time, Cincinnati "Trash Pop"/"Nasty Doo Woppy" band Tweens has become the most talked about unsigned band in Cincinnati. And the music industry is watching too
  

This Mule Still Kicks

Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule return to shake the rafters at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Unlike many groups who may draw a “music lesson” crowd that tends to sit on its hands and complain when somebody dares to stand up and trance up, Mule audiences rock it from note one. The band’s upcoming gig at the Taft Theatre this weekend should be no exception.  

In Full Bloom

Atmospheric Indie Pop duo Beach House continues to grow creatively and commercially

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Beach House’s gauzy head-trips are marked by the hypnotic voice of frontlady Victoria Legrand. Within the band’s recorded output — which is now at four increasingly ear-pleasing albums after the release of 2012’s Bloom, its second for SubPop — Legrand comes off as an otherworldly figure, an ethereal being who emits dreamy, mood-altering songs rife with ambiguous lyrics and enough atmosphere to fill a Terrence Malick triple-bill.
  

Finding Balance in 'Peace'

Reggae rockers Rebelution blend liveliness, studio craft on latest LP

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Despite self-releasing 2007’s Courage To Grow and 2009’s Bright Side Of Life, SoCal Reggae/Rock crew Rebelution has steadily grown its audience (and also saw the second album debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Reggae chart). The band has been enthused about touring lately, in part because, with the arrival of Peace Of Mind, the group now has more songs than it can fit into a headlining set, giving members a chance to mix up set lists.   

Hot To Mali

North African group Tinariwen opens MusicNOW with true World music

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The backstory of Tinariwen founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib is so cinematic in scope that it should be the basis for an epic independent film.