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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.  

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.