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Music: The English Beat

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
In junior high school, The English Beat was my favorite band, causing me to wear out my cassette copy of the group’s 1980 debut, I Just Can’t Stop It

Maurice Mattei Explores ‘Girl Jungle’ on New LP

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Cincinnati’s Maurice Mattei wouldn’t refuse a taste of success. Given the opportunity, I think he would gladly allow one of his brilliant story songs to be used in an appropriate manner in a decent film for a respectable payday.   

Northside’s Rock N’ Roll Carnival Returns

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Northside not only hosts the city’s most unique Fourth of July parade; the neighborhood also has the most one-of-a-kind festival to celebrate America’s independence in the region.

Creativity in Closed Captioning

Kanye West gets "ducked" by closed captioning, Katy Perry fights nuns and Sean Hannity doesn't get it (again; still)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Those watching Kanye West's anticipated set at the Glastonbury fest in the U.K. on television with closed captioning on were treated to some amusing substitute "bad words"; Katy Perry is very rich, hated by nuns; and
Sean Hannity says if we can't buy Confederate flags then we shouldn't be able to buy Rap albums.

Music: Red Wanting Blue/Independence Day Celebration on Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Columbus five-piece Red Wanting Blue formed in Athens, Ohio 20 years ago and worked hard to establish a fervent fanbase through consistent touring and a DIY approach to releasing albums of heartfelt, heartland Rock & Roll.  
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Summer Music Fests in the Great Indoors

Direct sunlight or potential rain will not be a problem for three local music festivals this weekend

{CommentsCant} · Friday, June 26, 2015
When you think summer music festivals, you probably think about things like high-powered sunscreen, hydration and the chance that you might get drenched if a storm rolls through. But this weekend in Greater Cincinnati, there are three festival that spotlight our great music scene, and you won’t need an umbrella, SPF 500 or $8 bottles of water for any of them. (Two of them feature “patio stages...  

Dan Karlsberg’s Brilliant Love Letter to ’Nati Jazz

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Cincinnati’s Jazz scene took a hit last year when one of its longstanding and more popular venues, the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, closed. But if you think the Wisp’s closure marked the death of Jazz in Cincinnati, you are underestimating not only the endurance of the city’s great Jazz musicians, but also Jazz itself.   

Swift Smack Down, Swift Response

Plus, aggressive music may be soothing and the Piano Man gets bumped by the freakin' Pope

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Indie label's complaints about Apple's new streaming service not paying artists during its free trial period didn't seem to sway the company, but Taylor Swift's sure did. Plus, a study finds that fans of aggressive music are mellowed by it in times of anger and stress and Billy Joel has a Madison Square Garden show postponed due to The Pope's visit.

Music: Radiohead: The Bends Tribute Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Radiohead’s 1997 album, OK Computer, is considered a classic by critics and fans alike, while post-OK albums like Hail to the Thief and In Rainbows are hailed for their progressive experimentalism.   

Local Bands Road Tripping This Summer

Plus, the East Price Hill Jazz Festival returns and the Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival offers great sampling of local Roots/Americana

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2015
As many of us are gearing up for summertime trips, several local bands have plotted out “working vacations,” embarking on road trips to spread the word about their music.