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entheos (Profile)

Trip Hop/Electronic trio returns with new EP and an honest vision

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Entheos' sophomore EP, 'Sense,' was recorded by a slew of talented sound engineers. Sister-and-brother Alison and Carl Shepard share vocals, pushing out soaring angelic harmonies, altering leads. With more electric guitar and Justin Webb's drumming on this release, the overall feel is fuller and more intense than their previous work.   

Grooveshire (Profile)

American sons serving up tasty Louisiana Bayou Grunge

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
It's a sticky Saturday afternoon in College Corner, Ohio, and four out of the five members of Grooveshire are sitting under a small canopy at Ohmstead, the neo-hippie music festival on the grounds of Hannon's Camp America. We discuss the band's new EP, 'American Son,' the centerpiece of their "Louisiana Bayou Grunge," a term stemming from Jacob Jones' sizzling slide guitar riffs.   

White Girls (Profile)

Rock quartet accepting all requests for 'Permission to Land'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
On their new CD, 'Permission to Land,' you can really hear the many different layers of the White Girls' sound. Bringing to mind Joy Division and The Stooges, with Captain Beefhart-type structuring and the upfront, impersonal delivery of bands like The Hot Snakes, the album is pure sonic danger.  

Krononauts (Profile)

Pop/Electro/Experimental band is on track for the futures

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
All four members of Krononauts wear glasses. True thinkers, they pause before speaking. See, they're worried. Outside of music, they work together. Closely. And revealing the intricacies of their jobs could have catastrophic results.  

Cletus Romp (Profile)

Offering a Country/Garage Rock kick in the teeth

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Two guitarists in a band is fairly standard, and even two drummers has been done successfully. But two bassists? Now there’s something you don’t often see, unless you follow the exploits of Cletus Romp.   

The Harlequins (Profile)

Going 'Headless' with debut CD

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Mike Oliva is smiling as he recalls a surreal evening in Atlanta. The Harlequins played there July 2 and, to their surprise, the club was sold out. The loving crowd even showered the band with comments like "Move to Atlanta!" and "What the fuck are you doing in Cincinnati?"   

Hyacinth House (Profile)

Duo carves out a place in the ElectroPunk scene

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Dirty, sexy, seedy. And without a doubt kickin'. A souped-up Beta Band. LCD Soundsystem with a li'l bit of Modest Mouse. High energy, this music's got "late late night trouble," dark rooms, weird lighting and couch surfing written all over it.  

Bam Powell (Profile)

Taking the spotlight with his new album, 'Eat the Fat Drink the Sweet'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Q: What did the drummer say just before he was fired? A: Let's try one of my songs. Clearly that old joke has never applied to Rick Powell ("Bam" to his friends, and that's just about everybody), one of the busiest and most musical drummers in the local music scene.  

Sayler Park 'Second Saturday' Series

West Side oasis hosts outdoor music, art and love

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Drive carefully down narrow, tricky River Road. Twenty minutes from downtown, Sayler Park magically appears. A vividly green place lost in the deep southwest corner of Cincinnati, it's a hidden artistic community with a small-town, old-time feel. Every second Saturday of the month from June through September, Nelson Sayler Memorial Park holds rich concerts backed by local artists; this week's lineup features A Day Late, Jane Andra and entheos.  

State Song (Profile)

Good times come in threes for local trio

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
State Song's success is based on the idea of three members who feed off one another's chemistry, energy and intensity. What makes the band sound bigger than life, however, is the members' willingness to burn slowly, to embrace dynamics, to use a sampler and a keyboard. To maximize the sonic potential is the main goal.  

Watson Park (Profile)

After a battle with cancer, drummer Nate Staggs returns strong

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2009
When I step into Reality Tuesdays, a Covington coffee joint, I scan the room for "band signs" — tattoos, Chucks, skate shoes, black clothes, wrecked hair or wicked T-shirts, the usual dead giveaways. Then I see two guys huddling in a booth — early twenties, whispering about sound systems. Bingo. Watson Park.   

Brian Olive (Profile)

Goes from member to bandleader with solo debut CD

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2009
For the better part of the last decade, Brian Olive has been someone's guitarist — sometimes as Oliver Henry or Henry Oliver — from post-high school outfits to his stints with The Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers. When the time finally came for Olive to blaze a solo trail, he had plenty of experience to draw on when considering what he wanted to accomplish as a solo artist.  

Losanti (Profile)

Brewing up a hot blend of Indie Rock, Funk and Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
When vocalist Jack Novak joined guitarist Colin Finch and drummer John Bertke three years ago, he brought change with him — a change in philosophy and musical direction away from the straight Hip Hop/ Funk that defined their initial group, Raze.   

Denim Road (Profile)

Their debut CD is just the latest benchmark in the band’s decade-long history

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A good band reflects its collective influences, a great band transcends them. Denim Road folds its members’ long musical histories into a hybridized synthesis of sounds they love and sounds they’ve already made. As a result, the sextet’s eponymous debut exudes a soulful Pop vibe that is comfortably, classically familiar, like an album you’ve heard a hundred times the first time through.  

Jason Wells (Profile)

Releasing two new CDs from the attic with live help from Sleepybird

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Kinda dark. Kinda a sweet relief. Perspective is tricky. And for Jason Wells of for algernon, although his sound veers toward soothing, then leans into the moody side, a focused, optimistic, artistic view is key.