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Locals Only: : The Dandybeards

Duo turns a friend's tragic death into a reason for hope

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 19, 2007
At times I've been told that I appear unapproachable, intense or aloof. I'd rather study a piano in a restaurant first, then eat. I have another term for it: introverted. I might "stare off" during  

Locals Only: : Juice Lee

This MC eschews machismo and boasting in favor of honesty

0 Comments · Friday, June 8, 2007
Juice Lee's name is a play on the name of cult martial arts hero, Bruce Lee, whose moves laid rows of men out like fallen dominoes. But his name is just props because he's nowhere near as aggres  

Locals Only: : The Frankl Project

Band's sound draws from the many faces of Modern Rock

0 Comments · Friday, June 1, 2007
You can say that Reggae's not your thing, but then you remember those summer deck parties where tanned cuties belted out Marley tunes like true rastas. And it's alright if you don't dig Ska, bu  

Locals Only: : Fickle

Four-piece Rock band releases CD and heads out for an extensive tour backed by national radio

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
After hearing Fickle's music -- stirring Rock with a fiery, soft-Metal essence -- I imagine they'll appear wearing mostly black, with at least one skull T-shirt. OK, I'm being stereotypical, bu  

Locals Only: : The Rizewelz

Emerging Hip Hop duo is confident and ambitious

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2007
A pensive Gypsy -- one half of local Hip Hop duo The Rizewelz -- chuckles briefly when asked if he's paid the cost to be the boss in Cincinnati's Rap game. "Those are your words," he says. "  

Locals Only: : Frontier Folk Nebraska

Band emerges in Cincinnati's vibrant Folk/Americana scene

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska sounds best on vinyl, roughly crackling out from the needle, an authentic American man telling us what it's like to be in his callused skin, delivering natural legen  

Locals Only: : Pomegranates

Eclectic, eye- and ear-opening Indie newcomers are on the local music fast track

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Pomegranates came together by chance in autumn, 2006. A progressive, edgy Indie band that makes use of live Electronica, they're both startling and alluring as all Hell. Check out their curious u  

Locals Only: : J. Dorsey Blues Band

Band is well-versed in classic Blues, but bring a new modern (non-SRV) twist to the proceedings

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
INTERVIEW BY SARA YASTE Perched across from Dick's liquor store, the J. Dorsey Blues Band wiles away inside an ancient Masonic Temple, now known as the Covington Lodge. Their searing callback to  

Locals Only: : The Great Depression

Best pals make waves and hold the Prozac

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
In front of a dimly lit stage, there are two guys standing closely together watching just another local band play their set on a Saturday night in Covington. One resembles a human teddy bear -- co  

Locals Only: : Vanity Theft

All-female Indie Rock group breaks out of Lebanon, chewing on momentum

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
To vocalist/guitarist Brittany Hill, the name Vanity Theft suggests the idea of "being humbled. Experiences can kick you down." But this four-piece, all-women Indie group doesn't feel the need  

Locals Only: : Eric Loy

He plays a guitar you've never seen like no one you've ever seen

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Eric Loy is one of those people who will send you an e-mail with sentences that end in multiple exclamation points. This element of his personality comes through in his playing -- every time I lis  

Locals Only: : Wojo

Local five-piece delivers upbeat, wet Soul with 'Borderlands'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2007
My chair leg sinks into a crater-sized hole in the wood floor at Arnold's Bar and Grill where Justin Lynch (vocals, guitar) works. We sit in the back by the heater. Weirdly enough, behind us anot  

Locals Only: : Ryan Muddiman

Singer/songwriter's emotional voice holds ethereal power

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Years ago, at a house in Xenia, I was in the shower when my friend Bobby sneaked in, put a boom box on the counter and yelled, "Listen!" High volume, a haunting male voice leaked, then poured o  

Locals Only: : Kill City

Band parlays its unpredictability into a treacherous and blistering blend of Rock

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2007
"When our new drummer Sean joined the band, I told him that I hope he's ready for all the Use Your Illusion era of Guns N' Roses drama without the Appetite of Destruction success." This poign  

Locals Only: : Okeanas

Butler County-based music vets release debut album of countrified, no-nonsense Rock & Roll

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Okeanas play music as refreshing as a cold beer and as honest as a three-aspirin hangover. Their fine debut CD, Butler County, features 11 Country-tinged Rock tales that reflect that locale, but t