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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.
  

New Blue Revue

The Punch Brothers’ Noam Pikelny takes his acoustic Newgrass supergroup on the road

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Instead of a typical album tour, The Punch Brothers' Noam Pikelny decided to take some of his talented friends on the road.
  

Transatlantic Soul Sisters

The ladies of American/UK duo Lady have each other’s backs with tight harmonies and straightforward Soul

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Nicole Wray and Terri Walker grew up an ocean apart, but their tight bond over music led them to form modern R&B duo Lady.  

Natural Mystery

Cincinnati’s SHADOWRAPTR defies easy classification on new release, 'Love a Good Mystery'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
If it were to be said that Cincinnati's SHADOWRAPTR makes atmospheric music, it would be necessary to be very specific which atmosphere it best represents … and that atmosphere is a spaceship that has stumbled into a whole new solar system.
  

Swimming in the Deep End

Local Natives reflect on their rise to Indie Rock relevance

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 20, 2013
After the unexpected success of their 2010 debut, L.A. Indie rockers Local Natives return with the deep and reflective Hummingbird.  

The Second Coming of the Family

Kopecky Family Band signs with ATO, reissues Kids Raising Kids to the wider audience they deserve

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A new deal with Dave Matthews’ label, ATO Records, puts Kopecky Family Band closer to their goal of becoming career artists.  

Kids Hear the Darndest Things

Cincinnati-based Grammy nominee Zak Morgan continues to delight parents and challenge children

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Zak Morgan admits that criticism of his music, the totality of it aimed at the children’s market, has a detrimental effect on his self-esteem.   

Buddy (and Jim) Picture

Roots heroes Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller realize a longtime dream with 'Buddy & Jim'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2013
After 18 years of planning, longtime pals/peers (and Roots music heroes) Buddy Miller (left) and Jim Lauderdale’s joint album, Buddy & Jim, took just three days to record.  

Man Man's Search for Meaning

Eccentric Philly band doesn’t know the rules, so it just keeps breaking them

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
 Known for its irreverent songs and unpredictable, gloriously ramshackle live shows, Man Man defies convention at nearly every turn.
  

Who Do Those Guys Think They Are?

Cincinnati crew Those Guys makes good on “Good Hip Hop Music” promise

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
What Those Guys’ tagline doesn’t tell you is that this “Good Hip Hop Music” mentality was established long before the group had any concrete footing.
  

Days Gone By

Folk rockers Frontier Ruckus dig into the past for seeds for the future

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
While based in Folk, the critically acclaimed Frontier Ruckus isn’t afraid to let popular music influences seep in.  

String Theory

After nearly 15 years, Yonder Mountain String Band finds new ways to do old things (and vice versa)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Most bands would be kicking at the studio door after a long stretch between albums, but Yonder Mountain String Band has never subscribed to any set of rules beyond their own.
  

It's a Long Way to The Top …

After gradual chart success, Ed Sheeran straps in for a potentially epic 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Writing since his teen years, 21-year-old singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran became a star in the U.K. in 2011. His U.S. success picked up in earnest last year and now Sheeran appears to be on the verge of becoming a household name in the States.  

A Knife to Remember

Local music veterans focus and sharpen sound with new project, Ohio Knife

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Snell approaches music and art with an open, collaborative spirit. Sometimes, it’s to his own creative detriment.