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Top 10 Things I Learned from Top 40 Radio in 2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
It’s been many years since I’ve listened to Top 40 radio and while there are moments where I want to jump out of the moving car (the repetition is the worst part of it), it hasn’t been that bad of an experience.   

Let Local Music Help You Usher in 2015

Plus, Annapalooza unites local musicians for a good cause

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Wednesday night is the perfect time for the uninitiated to go check out some of the fantastic musical acts from Greater Cincinnati’s especially strong music scene. Plus, numerous local acts team up to help a friend with the "Annapalooza" benefit concert.

Yorke Goes to Bandcamp

Plus, Bob Marley fans can expect unreleased music in 2015 and someone else is mad at 'The Interview'

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Thom Yorke's music distribution experiment finds its way to Bandcamp, unreleased Bob Marley music and video footage is slated for release in 2015 and a singer who was negotiating to have her song included in The Interview broke off negotiations and is now suing after the filmmakers used the song anyway.

Music: The Appleseed Collective

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Since forming about five years ago, the dynamic Americana string band The Appleseed Collective has become one of the more critically acclaimed Roots bands in the land.   

Music: Torche

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2014
During the 10 years since forming, Florida foursome Torche has become one of the best acts to come out of the so-called “Stoner Rock” scene, due in large part to the members’ willingness to go beyond the genre’s expectations and clichés.   

Music: The Guitars

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Local Rock/R&B/Pop crew The Guitars remedied that situation when they began hosting a free Christmas show. Thursday marks The Guitars’ fifth annual Christmas performance at MOTR Pub. 

The Year in Local Recordings

A look back at some excellent 2014 releases by Greater Cincinnati musical acts

0 Comments · Monday, December 22, 2014
2014 was another excellent year for releases by artists from the Greater Cincinnati area.

Before 2015, Animal Circles Go to 'Summer Camp'

Plus, Zak Morgan and The Guitars offer musical celebrations for Christmas

0 Comments · Monday, December 22, 2014
Indie Rock trio Animal Circles closes out 2014 with its excellent new Summer Camp release. Plus, Zak Morgan and Ric Hordinski collaborate on a Christmas album and The Guitars perform their fifth annual Christmas night show.

Cincinnati Entertainment Award Nominees for 2015 Announced

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The nominations for the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, honoring Greater Cincinnati's incredible local music scene, are ready and voting starts Friday.

Music: Lily & Madeleine

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Popular Cincinnati band Over the Rhine has traditionally brought in some incredible artists to open its annual hometown Christmas concerts (including Pedro the Lion, Joe Henry and Mary Gauthier, to name but a few) and this year in no different.