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MusicNOW Announces 2015 Lineup

Annual new music fest founded by The National’s Bryce Dessner announces details for March concerts

{CommentsCant} · Monday, December 15, 2014
The annual MusicNOW festival, founded by Cincinnati native and guitarist for Indie Rock superstars The National, returns to various venues in Over-the-Rhine this March for a celebration of the festival’s 10 successful years. The event will utilize Music Hall and Memorial Hall (past MusicNOW venues), as well as the new Woodward Theater (the Contemporary Arts Center will also host a related music/...  

Buggs Tha Rocka Releases Masterful Album for Free

Cincinnati Hip Hop artist unleashes Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet online today

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
One of Cincinnati finest Hip Hop artists, Buggs Tha Rocka, is making his new album, Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet, available for free starting today on various outlets across the internet (it’s already generated fairly widespread buzz, including write-ups from the U.K. and France). Buggs recently spoke with C...  

Ten Things I Learned Supermarketing in 2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
In the new year, I may try to get back to sampling some of the old “ew”-stirring staples (like gefilte fish, pickled pigs’ feet and spotted dick) that inspired me to start the column initially.  

New Sincerity Works Turns Out ‘44’

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Even given the extensive experience of all involved, 44 is a remarkably accomplished debut effort, with Tittel’s songwriting being the prime reason.  

YouTube Now Offers Free Jams

Plus, guitarist-turned-hacker Geoffrey Commander jailed and the Grammy's use Twitter

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
YouTube is now offering an audio library that allows you to search for songs that won’t result in temporary banishment if you use them.  

In Defense of Saying “Happy Holidays”

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Fox News’ greatest holiday tradition and perhaps its greatest ongoing bullshit dissemination is its annual reminder that we are in the middle of a war — a “War on Christmas.”  

In Defense of Office Secret Santas

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Once you receive a present, you’ll always have something to give out for next year’s Secret Santa gift exchange. Just keep it wrapped.  

Music Tonight: Yelawolf and The Lone Bellow

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Alabama-born Hip Hop artist Yelawolf plays Newport’s Thompson House tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Yelawolf began making waves in 2005 after self-releasing his debut album, Creek Water. The gifted MC landed a major-label deal with Columbia within two years, but the deal fizzled out and Yelawolf returned to working the unde...  

Music: Spirit Animal and Pluto Revolts

0 Comments · Monday, December 8, 2014
With guitars that shift between big Rock riffage and a Funk shuffle, a dance-floor-ready groove and dashes of party-starting EDM, it’s no surprise that New York City’s Spirit Animal has become renowned for its energetic and wildly entertaining live shows.   

Music Tonight: The Pass, Nora Jane Struthers and More

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, December 4, 2014
Louisville Electro Pop artists The Pass, who’ve become popular with local audiences thanks to repeated visits to the Cincinnati area (providing highlight sets for more than a couple MidPoint Music Festivals), performs a free show tonight at Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub. Local trio