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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.  

Cincinnati at the VMAs

This year’s spectacle-of-an-awards-show on MTV had some Cincinnati flavor courtesy of Eric Nally and Walk the Moon

{CommentsCant} · Monday, August 31, 2015
I tried to watch last night's Video Music Awards on MTV, but it was such an awkward and confusing clusterfuck, I couldn’t take much of it, flipping through for a few moments before moving on out of embarrassment for the people on the screen. I usually like when awards shows are a little chaotic (and the VMAs are known for their often-desperate attempts to be “not your mama’s awards show...  

Get Folked Up at Whispering Beard

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The Whispering Beard Folk Festival returns to nearby Friendship, Ind. this week for four days of superb national, regional and local Roots music. Plus, the third annual Taste of OTR in Washington Park features local acts Mamadrones, Dawg Yawp, Jane Decker, Multimagic and more, Roger Klug and players from the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra take on The Beatles and Wussy headlines Friday's penultimate 2015 MidPoint Indie Summer show on Fountain Square.  

Laibach Does North Korea

Plus, Neil Young's hi-res streaming service is having funding issues and Jimmy Buffett fans are disgusting

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Industrial rockers Laibach play songs from The Sound of Music (as well as Europe's "The Final Countdown" and other covers) during rare concert in North Korea, Neil Young's high-fidelity Pono music service appears to be having funding issues and Jimmy Buffett fans are the WORST.

Music: Scott Miller & The Commonwealth

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
When artists are said to have “returned to their roots,” it usually refers to them rediscovering their old acoustic guitar or returning to the music that was in their childhood record collections.