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Louis Langrée Talks MusicNOW

CSO's new music director talks collaboration with nine-year-old MusicNOW fest

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 21, 2014
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   

Now and Then

Bryce Dessner collaborates with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for this year’s MusicNOW fest

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
On the eve of its ninth festival, MusicNOW founder and The National guitarist Bryce Dessner says after next year he’ll re-evaluate continuing the fest in its current state.  

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.