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Rust Belt Prophet

Author David Giffels discusses his ode to Akron

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Rust Belt towns across the upper Midwest are on the verge of oblivion, their economies hallowed out by technological innovation and globalization. Yet many are not ready to give up on blue-collar bastions like Akron, Ohio, as David Giffels’ new book attests.

Houndmouth with Rayland Baxter

Friday • Southgate House Revival

1 Comments · Monday, March 17, 2014
On Houndmouth’s full-length debut, 2013’s From the Hills Below the City, you can tell the quartet is smitten with the majestic charm of Americana masters The Band. “Penitentiary,” the calling-card tune that triggered Internet buzz and eventually drew the interest of famed indie label Rough Trade, could be mistaken for a Music from Big Pink bonus track.  

Event: HorrorHound Weekend

0 Comments · Monday, March 17, 2014
HorrorHound Weekend has blossomed into a regionally recognized event, a horror movie extravaganza where rabid aficionados gather to share their love of the genre.   

Vic and Gab

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Vic and Gab’s first full-length, last year’s Love of Mine, is even more assured, the sound of a band coming into its own. Album opener “Love of Mine” sets the tone, a dreamily atmospheric Pop tune that’s almost impossible to eradicate once it enters your ears.  

Har Mar Superstar

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The mayor of Minneapolis declared Sept. 13, 2013 as “Har Mar Superstar Day,” in honor of a man whose soulful, hyper-sexual R&B stylings have been overshadowed by his resemblance to porn star Ron Jeremy and a stage show that includes the singer clothed in nothing more than a pair of tighty-whities.  

Literary: April Smith

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
April Smith’s route to published author has been a curious one.  

Literary: David James Poissant

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Author and onetime University of Cincinnati (UC) professor Brock Clarke has high praise for David James Poissant, who earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from UC in 2011: "Poissant will end up being his generation's Richard Ford: his fiction is full of big ideas, of startling insights into how we live now."   

Literary: Kim Harrison

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A strange magic is attacking Cincinnati in Kim Harrison’s The Undead Pool, the 12th (and penultimate) entry in her best-selling Hallows series of urban fantasy books.   

Heavy Adventures

Deafheaven continues to challenge and destroy the boundaries of Black Metal

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sunbather, the second album from Deafheaven, is a true listening “experience.” Clocking in at just under an hour, it moves from the epic blast-furnace riffage and jackhammer drumming of “Dream House” to the pensive, piano-laced wanderings of “Irresistible” with uncommon grace and fluidity. And that’s just the first two songs.  

Quadron with Mayer Hawthorne

Saturday • Madison Theater

1 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Denmark has yielded a number of intriguing artists over the years, none more compelling of late than Lars von Trier, a provocative filmmaker whose latest effort, Nymphomaniac, is as graphic and emotionally caustic as its title would suggest. Yet Quadron, an Electro Soul outfit from Copenhagen, comes from the opposite end of the artistic spectrum, delivering sleek slow-jams with titles like “Favorite Star,” “Hey Love” and “Crush.”