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Pleasures Unveiled

Joy Division bassist-turned-author Peter Hook discusses his new biography of the band

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The story has long been set in Rock & Roll lore: Ian Curtis, lead singer for Joy Division, hanged himself the day before the Manchester, England-based band was to embark on its first tour of America.  

Gringo Star

Jan. 26 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Calling your band Gringo Star is a surefire way to raise some eyebrows. Throw in the fact that your music immediately conjures the holy trinity of British Invasion bands and you’re doubly damned in the eyes of many purists.  

An Unexpected Journey

Despite widening acclaim and activity, R. Ring stays determined to keep things casual

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
For a band that started as a “lark,” Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery’s R. Ring is evolving nicely.   

Snowmine

Jan. 16 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Frontdude Grayson Sanders is a classically trained musician and composer with a soft spot for “Stravinsky, Ravel, Bartok, Ligeti and Autechre,” influences that clearly color the band’s 2011 full-length debut, Laminate Pet Animal.   

Literary: Leah Stewart

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2013
The opening pages of Leah Stewart’s new novel, The History of Us, features an illustrated map with various Cincinnati landmarks and locations: Northside, the Museum Center, Mount Adams, Music Ha  

Wanda Jackson

Dec. 8 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, December 3, 2012
The title of Wanda Jackson’s new album is Unfinished Business. Really, Wanda? If anyone can claim to have finished business, it’s you. 
  

Film Books That Go Deep Behind the Scenes

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I’ve long had a soft spot for books about the movies. My space-challenged loft features a shelving unit, embarrassingly overstuffed from floor to ceiling, dedicated to the topic — from collections of critical essays and reviews to interviews with or biographies on filmmakers to wide-ranging histories of an art form that’s still in its relative infancy.  

A Familiar Stranger

Bay Area singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel’s new album was made with his fans in mind

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A sentimentalist for the cynical set, Mark Eitzel’s wit-infused tales of woe, misery and love gone awry have been complemented by a variety of richly atmospheric sonic backdrops over the years.   

The Ghosts of Movies Past

An all-start list of seasonal films

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Bourbon-laced eggnog is optional but highly recommended when viewing the following list, which features a healthy dose of dark comedy and familial messiness.  

Film: Redlegs

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Cincinnati native Brandon Harris returned to his hometown in 2010 to shoot his directorial debut, a micro-budgeted drama about three grief-stricken guys (played by Andrew Katz, Evan Louison and Nathan