Mick Cronin is seething. His University of Cincinnati Bearcats basketball team has just lost a hard-fought game to the Louisville Cardinals — on a last-second shot, no less — and he’s clearly in no mood to answer questions about it during a brief, tension-laced postgame press conference on Feb. 22.
Louis Langrée is well aware of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's rich history. The CSO's freshly minted music director also knows part of that history includes the nurturing of contemporary composers and their often unconventional works. Enter MusicNOW, Bryce Dessner's 9-year-old festival of adventurous sounds. (Read our conversation with Dessner
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
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
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.
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.