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Homemade Drugs Are A Crime

Cincy Post Punk quartet releases self-titled debut

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Homemade Drugs are in it to win it, all the way. Moving through life’s social insecurities and uneasiness, somewhere in that space, amongst the unwanted furniture, is a plan. Homemade Drugs are grabbing their moment and not looking back, only ahead. Ahead to Saturday’s release of their self-titled, self-released 10-song album. Ahead to vinyl plans, which are forming nicely with Youngstown, Ohio’s Lion’s Care Recordings. Ahead to whatever happens.   

'Heart' Core

Now living in Cincinnati, singer Levi Benton discusses Miss May I’s rise to the forefront of Metalcore

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
When Miss May I frontman Levi Benton relocated from his home in Troy, Ohio, to Cincinnati earlier this year, he fully expected that people might recognize him on the street. After all, his Metalcore quintet has been the recipient of some potent buzz recently, including a cover feature in Alternative Press.  

Adding to Andy, Most Beautifully

Dean & Britta musically augment Warhol’s rare ‘screen tests’ for multimedia happening

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Four years ago, Dean & Britta's Dean Wareham was approached with a proposition by Ben Harrison, Performing Arts Curator for Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. Harrison was looking for someone to compose a soundtrack of sorts for a series of filmed portraits Warhol shot in the mid-’60s.    

Drown the Pigeonhole

Damien Jurado’s dynamic new LP is his most expectations-busting yet

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The story of Damien Jurado’s relationship with Punk Rock seems too symmetrical, too fortuitous and too rare to possibly be true. Somehow, though, all the pieces match. Now 39 and based out of Seattle, Jurado was once a 14-year-old growing infatuated with Punk. 
  

Monster Mash

Hickory Robot’s varied experiences and influences create an interesting Americana gumbo

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
 The Cincinnati-based quartet Hickory Robot is known for its acoustic music, blending Bluegrass-influenced grooves with other Roots music fare. However, on the recently released album titled Sawyer, the group opens up its sound by occasionally using electric instruments and percussion to bring new songs to life.  

Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can't Lose

Rhymesayers’ MC/producer Blueprint discusses how his last album spawned his latest, 'Deleted Scenes'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
In more ways than one, 2011’s Adventures in Counter-Culture proved to be a pivotal album for Columbus MC/producer and Weightless Recordings founder Blueprint. As his first solo effort in six years, its critical acclaim introduced him to a second audience who was unaware that his discography ran as deep as a decade.    

Country Drives the 55's

Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s are older than their collective years

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
It’s only been 10 months or so since the official debut of scene veteran Jeremy Pinnell’s new project, Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s, and it’s already been a momentous period. 
  

Come Together, Right Now, Over Me

Remembering Skandal Da Ruckus Man, local Hip Hop icon

6 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I’m grateful to have known Marcus “Skandal Da Ruckus Man” Mitchell the last 15 years. The veteran MC, producer, DJ and the man behind Sharkface Entertainment died on Oct. 10 at 36 after a bout with acute leukemia.
  

Welcome To Their 'Nightmare'

Culture Queer hones its musical vision with its latest album, ‘Nightmare Band’

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Culture Queer is all about anticipation. In the Indie/Art Pop group’s decade-plus existence, the Cincinnati quartet (often aided by a support staff of A/V techs, go-go dancers, etc.) has turned out just a trio of full-length studio efforts — including the just released Nightmare Band — an EP and a single. And Culture Queer’s live presence has been equally sporadic; the group’s calendar listing only pops up on approximately a quarterly basis.  

The Afghan Whigs' Road to Sub Pop

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Follow The Afghan Whigs on their road to Sub Pop Records in this graphic novel.
  

My So-Called Cool Parade

Jeff Roberson examines the pitfalls of the family man/musician on ‘The Incredible Parade of Cool'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Jeff Roberson is no longer “the most hated man in Folk,” as he was dubbed by former WNKU program director Dan Reed. In fact, since Summer’s Here, the former Len’s Lounge frontman’s 2008 sophomore solo effort, he’s been preoccupied with matters decidedly unrelated to Folk.   

Yet Another High ’Point

MidPoint Music Festival once again tops itself with nearly flawless three days of music

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Over-the-Rhine's new energy was on full display during the 11th annual MidPoint Music Festival, which last week drew thousands of music lovers from across the region to a dozen venues hosting musicians from all over the world.   

Front to Back

Fiona Apple guitarist Blake Mills pulls double duty on current tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Blake Mills is busy. The 25-year-old guitar prodigy has worked relentlessly in recent years as an in-demand session and touring musician, collaborating with a wide range of artists, nearly all of whom use hyperbolic language to describe his unique talents. And now he’s touring with Fiona Apple, both as her guitarist and as her opening act.  

Not a Petty Girl

How Ani DiFranco learned to stop worrying and love having a ball

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
One of the real changes in how Ani DiFranco approaches live performing these days may be something that, in a strict sense, isn’t actually part of what she does on stage. But rest assured, DiFranco says, it’s making a difference in her performances.  

Let Them Clear Their Throats

Cincinnati’s Young Heirlooms have gratitude in their hearts and some stuff to get off their chests

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
There’s a very thin line between knowing what you want and being thankful for what you have. A few inches to one side could see you constantly unhappy with what you earn. An inch on the other side and you’re bound to never earn anything new. Cincinnati’s on-the-rise Indie Folk duo Young Heirlooms walk that line. They’re overwhelmingly thankful for the support from Cincinnati and respect from their fans. Their gratefulness is conveyed nearly constantly, onstage and off. But, just under the surface, they’re itching for more.