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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.   

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.