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Music Tonight: Andy McKee, Shy Guy Says and More

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 15, 2013
Acoustic guitar phenom Andy McKee performs downtown tonight at the Ballroom at Taft Theatre. Admission is $18 for the 7 p.m. show which, unlike most Ballroom performances, will be a seated affair. 
Though he works his magic with just wood and strings, technology played a big role in McKee’s success story. About seven years ago, McKee...  
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WATCH: The MidPoint Sessions featuring The Happy Maladies

Cincinnati Indie Chamber Folk quartet featured in latest video from The Queen City Project’s MidPoint Sessions

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 15, 2013
Last Friday we featured the first video from a series of clips created by The Queen City Project from footage shot at “The MidPoint Sessions,” a day party at the Art Academy of Cincinnati held during September’s MidPoint Music Festival in Over-the-Rhine/Downtown.&...  
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PREVIEW: Friday and Saturday's Ubahn Fest

The new Ubahn Fest kicks off tomorrow, spotlighting Hip Hop and EDM in Cincinnati's underground

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, November 14, 2013
This weekend brings the uniquely “underground” Ubahn Fest to downtown Cincinnati. The two-day music festival (its name a play on the German word for underground rapid transit systems) features a mix of Electronic music, DJs and Hip Hop artists, including many local and regional performers. Ubahn is a collaboration between the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, branding/”social intelligence” agency AGAR and Self Diploma, one of the leading independent event promoters in the region, presenting the popular every-Saturday music series on Fountain Square during the summer (among other events).   While Cincinnati has its share of music fests, this is a rare one that focuses on EDM and Hip Hop. Even more unique is the festival’s setting. Ubahn takes place in the tunnels of the vacant Riverfront Transit Center, located beneath Second Street and running between the Bengals stadium and Broadway. For fest-goers, the entrance is at 220 Central Ave., between Pete Rose Way and Third Street. 

Along with the local/regional talent, Ubahn features two huge acts to top the bill each night. Friday’s headliner is A-Trak, one of the leading DJs/turntablists around, working frequently with Kanye West, doing production work and remixes for an array of artists, forming the popular duo Duck Sauce with Armand Van Helden, collaborating with the likes of Travis Barker, Jay-Z and Danny Brown and co-founding the esteemed Electronic/Hip Hop label, Fool’s Gold. A-Trak was featured on the cover of Billboard’s 2012 Dance music issue alongside Skrillex and Diplo.
Here is a clip featuring footage from A-Trak’s huge Bonnaroo set this year:
Saturday’s headliner is singer/songwriter/producer Mike Posner, who has built a large following with his memorable brand of eclectic Electro Pop. Posner has also found success working with a wide range of artists — everyone from Big Sean and 2 Chainz to Justin Bieber and Big Time Rush — as a producer, songwriter and/or guest artist. Posner’s much anticipated new album, Pages, is due next year.
Here’s the clip for Posner’s 2013 single, “The Way It Used to Be”:
DJs, EDM and Hip Hop artists from across the region joining A-Trak for Friday’s festivities include DJ Davey C, DJ Prism, The Animal Crackers, Erik Barnum, The Natives, Sh3llz, Eazy El Loco, DJ Vizion, Panzer, Disco Joe, DJ Worldpeace, DJ Fursur and Briz-Rain. 
Cincinnati’s Puck also appears at Ubahn on Friday. The MC released a music video for his track “Outside” last month:
Another local MC performing Friday is Trademark Aaron, who kicked off the summer with a great new EP, For the People. More recently, Aaron posted the short film made to accompany a new track called “Shake,” featuring Sleep of 2 Man Cypher (Sleep performs Saturday at Ubahn):

Saturday’s lineup is rounded out by local and regional acts like Cal Scruby, K.M.F., CJ Townsend, Those Guys,  Big Cam, DJ Donkis, DJ Magnificent, DJ Drowsy, Sleep, Nuk, Nick Youngerman and PRJR. 
Cincy “new wave Hip Hop” act Valley High will also appear at Ubahn on Saturday. Here is their recent video release for the track “8 Ball”:
And here’s a recent track from local progressive Electronicists Black Signal called “Sai Pei.” The trio is also playing Ubahn on Saturday:
Another local Saturday performer is Hip Hop artist Buggs Tha Rocka who recently announced that modern Hip Hop legend Talib Kweli will executive produce his next album. Before that, Buggs will release a new mixtape next month. The MC recently posted the freestyle track “Gold Bars in Tha Safe,” which you can listen to and download below: <a href="http://buggstharocka.bandcamp.com/album/-">  
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Music Tonight: Stepdad, Sonny Landreth, Jaheim and More

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, November 14, 2013
Buoyant Electro Pop group Stepdad pulls into MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine tonight. The free show kicks off around 10 p.m. with locals Halvsies
Stepdad was formed in Chicago in 2009 by frontman Mark “Ultramark” Tafel and his roommate, Ryan McCarthy. The duo — which has grown Stepdad into a five-piece band over time — so...  
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David Wolfenberger Returns to the Stage Tonight

Cincinnati singer/songwriter emerges for a rare performance tonight with Mark Olson

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Outside of singing at his church occasionally, brilliant Americana singer/songwriter David Wolfenberger hasn’t performed in the area for quite some time. After working with the group The Marshwiggles in the late ’90s, Wolfenberger put out three stellar solo albums between1999-2006, earning him high praise both domestically and abroad. But besides occasional performances and scant new material...  

Ubahn Gives Hip Hop and EDM Fans a Fest of Their Own

Plus, David Wolfenberger returns, Freekbass kickstarts album and more

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The new Ubahn Fest showcases DJs, EDM and Hip Hop in a vacant transit tunnel near the riverfront this weekend. Plus, David Wolfenberger to play with old pal/bandmate Mark Olson, the first video from "The MidPoint Sessions" emerges and Freekbass kickstarts a new album project.
  

Biblical Bruce, Bad Lyrics Sites and a Jagged Little Musical

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Rutgers University in (obviously) New Jersey launches new course that examines the biblical references in Bruce Springsteen's music, David Lowery and the National Music Publishers’ Association go after websites that host song lyrics without publishing licenses and Alanis Morissette announces plans to turn her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill into a (probably horrible) musical.
  
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Music Tonight: The Lone Bellow and The Sweep

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, November 12, 2013
• With a Country music base, Rock edge, R&B-inspired three-part harmonies and catchy but emotionally weighty songs, Brooklyn’s The Lone Bellow emerged in 2013 as one of the next potential Americana breakthrough artists. The trio’s well received, self-titled debut — featuring songs written by frontman Zach Williams to help him deal with a tragic horse-riding accident that left h...  

The Clunky Rebranding of Hot Pockets

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 12, 2013
For decades, Hot Pockets, those frozen, microwavable sandwich-like products found in practically every grocery and convenience store nationwide, led a fairly unspectacular existence. With the main sel  

Music: PHOX

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The amazing seven-piece Wisconsin crew PHOX (who missed MPMF to tour with Blitzen Trapper) is headed to MOTR Pub Monday, half of a great double bill with San Francisco Psych Rock/Shoegaze outfit (and