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Music Tonight: The Toasters at MOTR

{CommentsCant} · Monday, October 28, 2013
New York City Ska legends The Toasters were the bridge from the late ’70s 2 Tone Records-fueled Ska revival in the U.K. to the one that brought Ska into the American mainstream in the ’90s. Easily one of the most influential Ska acts of all time, The Toasters were formed in 1981 by Robert “Bucket” Hingley, a U.K. native (and the group’s lone constant member) who had just moved to Th...  
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Music Tonight: Escondido, Dopapod and More

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 25, 2013
• Nashville’s Escondido came together quickly but very naturally. The project of Jessica Maros and Tyler James (a solo artist who has also toured as pianist for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) got its start in James’ home studio when he was recording an artist with whom both were friends. During a recording break, Maros, a Vancouver native and successful clothing/jewelry d...  
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One More Girl on a Stage Festival Begins Tonight

Benefit for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer expands to three nights, two states

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, October 24, 2013
After taking a year off, the One More Girl on a Stage music festival returns starting tonight, bigger and better than ever. Founded by local musician Kelly Thomas (Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups, The Tammy Whynots), One More Girl (OMG) is striving to raise $10,000 for the American Cancer Society’s   
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Smartphones Piss Off Neko Case

Acclaimed singer/songwriter's Taft Theatre show last night got a bit contentious

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
So what the heck happened at the concert by the always dazzling Neko Case at the Taft Theatre last night? Case's biggest show ever in the Cincinnati area was musically solid, but didn't go as smoothly as planned thanks to flared tempers, the proliferation of smartphone cameras and some angry and/or obnoxious audience members. It's safe to say that you can add Case to the increasingly growing list ...  
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REVIEW: Terminal Union - 'Making Arrangements'

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
One of the best albums to come out of the Greater Cincinnati music scene this year is the debut full-length from Terminal Union, which began as the duo of singer/songwriters David Faul and Ian Mathieu and is now rounded out by bassist Lynette Mathieu and drummer Mark Becknell. The members of Terminal Union are great players (as are the many guest artists), Faul and Mathieu have some fantastic...  

One More Girl on a Stage Fest Returns

Plus, Cincy Psych Fest expands for its second annual celebration of trippy Rock

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
After a year off, the One More Girl on a Stage music festival/benefit returns bigger than ever, taking place over three nights this week in various venues in Over-the-Rhine and Newport. The Cincy Psych Fest also marks its return this week with its second annual affair taking place Saturday at Mayday in Northside.
  

Slinging Riffs, Rigging Streams and Dissing Biggie

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Metallica said to be considering selling off past unused riffs through eBay or another online service, Pop group Fifth Harmony pleads with fans to stream their music on repeat so they chart, sell and stream better and some people in Brooklyn are against naming a street corner after Biggie Smalls, in part because he was overweight.
  

Music: One More Girl on a Stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
After taking a year off, the One More Girl on a Stage music festival returns this week bigger and better than ever. Founded by local musician Kelly Thomas (Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups, The T  
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Music Tonight: Neko Case and Built to Spill

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, October 22, 2013
• The first time I saw Neko Case was a complete accident. I was in Chicago around the most recent turn of the century and went to see Indie Rock singer/songwriter Edith Frost at the small (but popular) club Lounge Ax and Case and her “Boyfriends,” as her backing band was then called (really Canadian Roots rockers The Sadies), opened the show with a great set. Though I’d heard of Case,...  
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REVIEW: Dark Colour - 'Prisoner'

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, October 22, 2013
In Electronic music, the punkish encouragement to “just jump in and see what happens,” regardless of proficiency, resulted in the creation of Krautrock, Hip Hop, Synthpop, New Wave and many other styles. Some of the top innovators of those genres were driven by a “naïvite” that added a more “human” element (going against the common critique that all Electronic music is cold and roboti...