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Casino Warrior Unleashes ‘Centaur’

Area rockers introduce themselves with heavy debut EP

{CommentsCant} · Monday, September 21, 2015
Casino Warrior is a name that many local music fans aren’t aware of. So far, the quartet (bassist Kevin McNair, vocalist and guitarist Miguel Richards, guitarist Billy Buzek and drummer Chad Wolary) has only played two real shows, one of which was its recent EP release party. But rest assured, based on the strength of the band’s li...  

Making New ‘Memories’

With her American Idol contract up, Jess Lamb is pushing her career forward and reveling in her independence

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
While Jess Lamb's journey on American Idol was short, she has been spending her post-Idol time productively and is poised to take the next step on May 30 with the release of her first official single, “Memories.”  

Beyond Idol Chatter: The Music/Day Job Balancing Act

Post American Idol, Cincinnati’s Jess Lamb scales back but continues her teaching job

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 27, 2015
For some musicians, their 9-to-5 is little more than a means to an end. Pizza and guitar strings don’t pay for themselves, after all. Others take pride in their work, both on stage and in the “real world,” but view them as two parts of a whole.But for Jess Lamb, her twin identities as a musician and teacher are deeply intertwined. She works hard in both professional avenues and has put a lar...  

Crushing It

Cincinnati’s Lovecrush 88 finds its sound in clash of disparate influences

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
An affinity for the down and dirty can be heard in Cincinnati band Lovecrush 88’s mix of ’80s Goth, Hair Metal and good old fashioned Rock & Roll. Featuring singer Tina Sullivan, guitarist Joel Spivey, bassist Nathan Bach and drummer Ryan Moore, Lovecrush 88 has assembled a sound that is hot in all the right ways.  

Beyond Idol Chatter: Career Goals Well Within Reach

Cincy's Jess Lamb talks American Idol ‘controversy’ and myriad projects on the horizon

{CommentsCant} · Monday, March 9, 2015
Jess Lamb’s initial performance for the judges on American Idol’s bus tour was undeniably a show stopper. It wrapped up the episode and introduced America to one of Cincinnati’s brightest talents, while also moving her on to the Hollywood round after impressing the judges. Her second televised appearance, a group...  

Beyond Idol Chatter: Life After the Show Begins

Though no longer on the show, local singer Jess Lamb remains wildly busy after her American Idol stint

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, February 25, 2015
While Jess Lamb’s American Idol journey may be over, the show is still very much a part of her everyday life. Fans of the show know that the performers often leverage their appearances into work on other projects, such as backup singing or working with national acts in collaborations. It is a process tha...  

Beyond Idol Chatter: America Meets Jess Lamb

With her 'American Idol' journey, noted Cincinnati musician Jess Lamb is presented with numerous opportunities and challenges

{CommentsCant} · Monday, February 2, 2015
For many Cincinnati natives, seeing Jess Lamb perform her audition in Kansas City for the American Idol judges was the first time they had ever heard her powerful and emotive voice or seen her honest, determined spirit. But for anyone who has their ears to the ground in Cincinnati’s local music scene (or has drunkenly wandered into Japps on a Tuesday night) knew that Lamb was more than re...  

Motor Away

I toured Europe with Cincy’s Valley of the Sun and lived to write about it

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Touring the world is one goal that few bands ever accomplish. It requires a ridiculous amount of hard work, dedication, time and money.
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In Praise of Ironfest

Annual music fest in honor of late musician Mike Davidson has become much more than just a memorial event

{CommentsCant} · Monday, November 24, 2014
Cincinnati is host to a great number of music festivals and it feels like every season adds another one. Midpoint is becoming nationally recognized for its ability to draw in heavy hitters, Bunbury has exploded in popularity in just a few years and Buckle Up had a great inaugural year this past summer, just to name a few obvious examples. It’s a great time to be a music lover and music journalis...  

Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: The Rules of Dibs

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Hours spent in the van, hours spent waiting for sound check in the venue, hours spent wandering European cities waiting for the venue to open, hours waiting for show time and hours spent waiting for the show to wrap up. All of this adds up to lots of free on our hands and not much to do with it. So what is a Rock & Roll band — and its merch and sound guy — to do with opportunity? Why,...