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An Unexpected Journey

Despite widening acclaim and activity, R. Ring stays determined to keep things casual

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
For a band that started as a “lark,” Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery’s R. Ring is evolving nicely.   

A Hearty Heartless Return

Austin’s Heartless Bastards return to their origins before starting work on a fifth album

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
During their journey, The Heartless Bastards have experienced a few personnel changes and a record label switch, as well as a major relocation from Cincinnati to Austin, Tex., all of which occurred within a few years. The one constant has been the original songs, guitar playing and vocals of Erika Wennerstrom.   

'Girls' Just Want To Have Funk

Along with their fun live shows, DAAP Girls’ “Gutter Funk and Rock ‘n’ Soul” is earning a local following

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The band known as the DAAP Girls is made up of all guys, has barely anything to show as far as web-presence and has yet to release any music. Still, they have been chosen as a nominee for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards’ New Artist of the Year, and rightly so. 
  

Exploring the Country Side

Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s make honest old-school Country music with an edge

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
These days, it’s more and more unusual to see a so-called “Country music band” that features a pedal steel guitar onstage. Now, in Cincinnati, believe it or not, there is band carrying a steel guitarist called Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s.
  

Hotter Than Hell's Heavy Hinges

Heavy Hinges exude the joy and channel the sadness of their first year together

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The New Artist nomination for Heavy Hinges might be the most ironic of this year’s slate of Cincinnati Entertainment Awards candidates.   

Moving Up With Grace

From jam band frontwoman to chart star, Grace Potter and her band keep focus on their craft

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
 In 2010, after years of work in on the jam band circuit, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals pushed their way into the mainstream with their eponymous third album for Hollywood Records and the hit single, “Paris (Ooh La La).” With their latest album, The Lion The Beast The Beat, Potter and her team seem to have their sights set on taking things to an even higher level.  

Everlasting Love

Five years of effort pay off on The Kiss Me Everlasting’s debut album

0 Comments · Friday, January 4, 2013
Cincinnati Indie foursome The Kiss Me Everlasting features a quartet of veteran musicians who've used their wide-ranging experience to do things right, making it easier to balance their busy schedules.
  

Think Globally, Listen Locally

The year in Greater Cincinnati-spawned releases

0 Comments · Friday, December 28, 2012
It was another impossibly great year for recordings created by Greater Cincinnati musicians. Here’s a look at some of the best covered by CityBeat over the past year, culled from the original   

You Can't Unwrap A Download

Stumped for a last-minute holiday present? One of these music collections just might do the trick

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A few last minute gift ideas, featuring 2012 boxsets and  from The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Heart, Strange Euphoria, Bob Dylan, The English Beat, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Los Lobos and Taj Mahal.
  

See Ya At The CEAs

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Nominations Announced

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The annual celebration of Greater Cincinnati’s rich music scene, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs), didn’t occur in its usual time slot this year (around Thanksgiving). The CEAs will now be held in January to honor the best local music-makers from the just-completed year. Here are the 2012 nominees.
  

Hair Apparent

Steel Panther offers a party for music lovers who are missing (or missed out on) ’80s Hair Metal

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The guys in Steel Panther have a purpose. And that purpose is to make ’80s Metal popular again. “Our whole mission is to bring Heavy Metal back,” singer Michael Starr declares.   

Trash Talk

Rumpke Mountain Boys capture live magic in the studio on new ‘Trashgrass’ album

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Rumpke Mountain Boys exemplify what it is to be a Jamgrass band as they throw everything into their acoustic repertoire but the kitchen sink.   

Cage Re-Engaged

Special John Cage Centennial concert features past collaborators

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 28, 2012
John Cage fearlessly explored how any sound could make for beautiful “music.” This included silence — Cage’s most famous composition, “4.33,” connotes the duration of minutes and seconds during which an orchestra or musician makes no sounds.
  

Classical Blast

Branford Marsalis flashes his Classical chops with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra this weekend

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 28, 2012
While modern Jazz hero Branford Marsalis is slightly more inclusive in his musical activities than his brother, Wynton, he is no less a perfectionist in those pursuits.
  

A Familiar Stranger

Bay Area singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel’s new album was made with his fans in mind

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A sentimentalist for the cynical set, Mark Eitzel’s wit-infused tales of woe, misery and love gone awry have been complemented by a variety of richly atmospheric sonic backdrops over the years.