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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.
  

Peaking Valley

Valley of the Sun expands its Hard Rock palette on forthcoming LP release

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Cincinnati's Valley of the Sun takes Hard Rock to another level. In their psychedelic practice space, the local retro-Rock three-piece is busy writing its first full-length, Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk. Rest assured, the new jams are just as heavy, groovy and infectious as the group’s previous material. But it's also more.
  

As a Whole

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?!.