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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.
  

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.