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Napoleon, Dynamite

Napoleon Maddox and IsWhat?! meld 17 years of experience into an explosive new album

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
European touring and apocalyptic anxiety influence the new LP, Things That Go Bump in the Dark, by Cincinnati music veteran Napoleon Maddox and his progressive Hip Hop/Jazz/Etc. group, IsWhat?!.

Saxophone Colossus

Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare Vol. 3 features bleakness, hope, Justin Vernon and Metal

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The music Colin Stetson is playing on his current solo tour largely features songs from New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, the just-released final entry in a trilogy of loosely connected albums for Constellation Records.

Tweenage Dream

“Trash Pop” trio Tweens has quickly become Cincinnati’s most buzzed-about unsigned band

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In a short time, Cincinnati "Trash Pop"/"Nasty Doo Woppy" band Tweens has become the most talked about unsigned band in Cincinnati. And the music industry is watching too

This Mule Still Kicks

Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule return to shake the rafters at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Unlike many groups who may draw a “music lesson” crowd that tends to sit on its hands and complain when somebody dares to stand up and trance up, Mule audiences rock it from note one. The band’s upcoming gig at the Taft Theatre this weekend should be no exception.  

In Full Bloom

Atmospheric Indie Pop duo Beach House continues to grow creatively and commercially

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Beach House’s gauzy head-trips are marked by the hypnotic voice of frontlady Victoria Legrand. Within the band’s recorded output — which is now at four increasingly ear-pleasing albums after the release of 2012’s Bloom, its second for SubPop — Legrand comes off as an otherworldly figure, an ethereal being who emits dreamy, mood-altering songs rife with ambiguous lyrics and enough atmosphere to fill a Terrence Malick triple-bill.

Finding Balance in 'Peace'

Reggae rockers Rebelution blend liveliness, studio craft on latest LP

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Despite self-releasing 2007’s Courage To Grow and 2009’s Bright Side Of Life, SoCal Reggae/Rock crew Rebelution has steadily grown its audience (and also saw the second album debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Reggae chart). The band has been enthused about touring lately, in part because, with the arrival of Peace Of Mind, the group now has more songs than it can fit into a headlining set, giving members a chance to mix up set lists.   

Hot To Mali

North African group Tinariwen opens MusicNOW with true World music

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The backstory of Tinariwen founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib is so cinematic in scope that it should be the basis for an epic independent film.

New Blue Revue

The Punch Brothers’ Noam Pikelny takes his acoustic Newgrass supergroup on the road

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Instead of a typical album tour, The Punch Brothers' Noam Pikelny decided to take some of his talented friends on the road.

Transatlantic Soul Sisters

The ladies of American/UK duo Lady have each other’s backs with tight harmonies and straightforward Soul

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Nicole Wray and Terri Walker grew up an ocean apart, but their tight bond over music led them to form modern R&B duo Lady.  

Natural Mystery

Cincinnati’s SHADOWRAPTR defies easy classification on new release, 'Love a Good Mystery'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
If it were to be said that Cincinnati's SHADOWRAPTR makes atmospheric music, it would be necessary to be very specific which atmosphere it best represents … and that atmosphere is a spaceship that has stumbled into a whole new solar system.

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.