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Bon Iver, Motley Crue, Melchior Rietveldt

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
When it was announced that Wisconsin’s Bon Iver (essentially singer/songwriter Justin Vernon) had scored several Grammy nods (including Best New Artist and Record and Song of the Year), Indie music pundits declared Bon Iver this year’s Arcade Fire, the Canadian band that shockingly took home Album of the Year last time.  

Costing Costello, Lyin Ass Bitch and Judas Priest

1 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
When GOP candidate Michele Bachmann appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, music director/Roots drummer ?uestlove led the band through a version of a song Moore wrote when he was a teenager — the Ska/Punk burner “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” — as her “walk on” music. When the obscure tune’s title was reported, the Bachmann camp latched onto it as another example of the “lamestream” media’s bias, and also called it sexist.  

Black Friday, Occupy and 50/50

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Last week we mentioned Jay-Z’s new $22 T-Shirt for his clothing company capitalizing on the Occupy Wall Street movement (the shirt manipulates the protest’s name so it reads “Occupy All Streets”). But co-opting a movement for your own gain isn’t just about making tons more cash.  

Holiday Event Listings

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Enjoy the holiday events, attractions, music, theater and arts offerings Cincinnati has to offer.
  

The Smiths, Jay-Z, Billy Corgan

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Smiths fans probably don’t need more sadness in their lives but they are finally getting to experience the disillusionment fans of The Beatles, The Who and, well, practically any legendary artist who has sold their songs to corporations to sell product. A holiday commercial (or “advert,” as they so adorably say in the U.K.) for the John Lewis department store is using a cover version of beloved Smiths’ tune “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” and the song’s authors, Morrissey and Johnny Marr, approved the whole thing.  
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Join 'Take Shelter' Discussion Saturday Night

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 11, 2011
On Saturday night (Nov. 12) after the 7:30 p.m. screening of Take Shelter at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton, CityBeat contributing editor Steven Rosen will lead a discussion into the film's meaning — and what really occurs at the mysterious ending.   

Nickelback, Listening Habits and Misfits

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
In some ways, hiring hit-making Rock band Nickelback to perform during halftime of the Detroit Lions/Green Bay Packers game on Thanksgiving makes perfect sense. The band is named after a football position and, um, well … they have a new album out that very week! The reasons Nickelback makes no sense as Turkey Day halftime entertainment are more plentiful.  

Ryan Adams, Juggalos and Odd Future

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Ryan Adams seemed well on his way to reclaiming his former glory, releasing one fairly straight-forward, mostly solid album this year (instead of eight random ones) and not being such a pissy little brat all the time. Early interviews for the new album seemed to suggest a new sense of self-awareness and a regret over his past rude, baffling statements and actions.  

Your Election Connection

CityBeat’s endorsements on local and state issues

5 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
When voters go to the polls on Nov. 8, they will be faced with making a bevy of wide-ranging decisions that will directly and indirectly impact their lives in the months and years ahead. They range from whether Ohioans will be subject to the provisions of federal health-care reforms passed by Congress in late 2009 to whether police and firefighter unions may negotiate for staffing levels to whether Cincinnati should develop any passenger rail projects during the next decade.  

Weiland, Mayer and KISS

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
For some reason, in the new authorized biography of Steve Jobs. Jobs felt the need to bring up Mayer, saying he’s “out of control” and possibly “blowing it big time,” without providing context or details. Whatever’s wrong, it must be serious — if one the world’s most brilliant innovators and important figures sees fit to posthumously call you a dick, it’s time to do some serious personal inventory.