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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.
  

Going Natives

Indie/Hip Hop collaborative The Natives’ 2012 highlights included two albums and a pair of CEA nominations

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Last year was a busy one for The Natives — the Hip Hop aggregation released two new albums as free downloads, maintained a high profile in the local club scene, produced a handful of videos and nabbed a Cincinnati Entertainment Awards nomination for New Artist of the Year.  

Public’s Display of Affection

Public blends a dark Pop streak with Indie Rock sensibility on debut EP

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Public’s debut four-song EP, Red, released last summer through the local Counter Rhythm Group, offers the yelping howl, martial cadence and galloping verve of Modest Mouse without the thick icing of ironic hipster cool.  

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.