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Music: Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Formed in New York City in 1999, the eclectic Jazz/Soul/Funk/Hip Hop/Fusion “big band” Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber has showcased a rotating cast of varied musicians (who’ve worked with the likes of TV on the Radio, William Parker, Phish and many others) on 14 avant-garde recordings since its formation.  

All-Star Cincy Hip Hop Lineup Joins Talib Kweli

Plus, Leo Coffeehouse stars new season at former home and The Mitchells and concert:nova team up for unique concert

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Some cross-generational Cincinnati Hip Hop champs (Hi-Tek, Donte from Mood and Buggs Tha Rocka) are currently doing a series of Ohio dates with modern legend Talib Kweli, including a Cincy stop at Bogart's. Plus, Leo Coffeehouse returns to Zion United Church of Christ in Norwood and The Mitchells and concert:nova team up for a unique cross-genre concert at the Woodward.
  

Sound Advice: Fishbone with Downtown Brown

Saturday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Fishbone’s debut EP only had seven songs, but the kitchen-sink diversity and hyperactive performances made it feel like a dizzying, kooky epic. When I finally saw the band live, I was blown away by the relentless energy — all six members of the group never stopped moving.  

The Ultimate Wedding Gift?

Plus, Merle Haggard and Keith Richards diss modern music and Chrissie Hynde's rape comments cause controversy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
If you don't buy your soon-to-be married friends the original manuscript for Richard Wagner’s “wedding march," do you really care about them? Plus, Keith Richards hates Metal and Hip Hop and Merle Haggard thinks modern Country music mostly sucks, and Chrissie Hynde's comments about rape have critics calling her out for victim blaming.
  

Music: Speedy Ortiz

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
After becoming Indie Rock darlings with 2013’s debut Major Arcana, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sadie Dupuis of Massachusetts foursome Speedy Ortiz recognized something most who’d heard her multifaceted guitar Rock could have told her when the album was released — she and her band can actually pull off this “professional musician” thing.  

Music: Fishbone

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Fishbone’s debut EP only had seven songs, but the kitchen-sink diversity and hyperactive performances made it feel like a dizzying, kooky epic. When I finally saw the band live, I was blown away by the relentless energy — all six members of the group never stopped moving.   

Immerse Yourself in Musical Discovery at MPMF 2015

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
MidPoint — taking place Sept. 25-27 — has  grown greatly, evolving from a showcase for unsigned and local acts into an event that offers a diverse lineup of acclaimed and/or cutting-edge Indie music from all over the world. 
  

The Sundresses Triumph on New ‘This Machine Kills’

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
One of Cincinnati’s finest bands, The Sundresses, is returning to the record-store shelves this week with a new album, This Machine Kills. The band hosts a free album release concert Saturday at MOTR Pub, joined by Lexington, Ky.’s excellent Ancient Warfare.
  

Kanye For President

Plus, giant, inflatable pieces of Rock history go up for auction and a government scientist/Folk singer in Canada gets suspended for singing a song critical of the prime minister

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Kanye West gives a confusing, meandering Trump-like "acceptance speech" and announces his future presidential bid after receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs; a giant pig's head from a Roger Waters' Wall concert is among the large-scale pieces of music memorabilia coming up for auction soon; and a scientist who works for the Canadian government (and also happens to be a known Folk singer) was suspended after writing a song critical of Canada's prime minister.  

Music: The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The free MidPoint Indie Summer shows on Fountain Square are ending with a bang, as diverse Connecticut-spawned rockers The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die play the last concert of the season this week.