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Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: A Guide to Packing/Overpacking

{CommentsCant} · Monday, October 20, 2014
Remember in my first blog when I said I was worried that I had over packed? Guess what? I over packed.  I’ve been on tour for a week now and these are a few things I’ve learned so far, in no particular order. Hopefully they help you the next time a Rock band drags you across Europe. Or on your next trip to Disneyland. Backpack space is very important. In my backpack, I origi...  
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Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: Venue Variety

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 17, 2014
Let’s take a moment to talk about Rock venues in the States, shall we? In my mind, there are two distinct types: you either have the nice, well-kept venues that often lack a certain spark that make them truly special or the dives that feel like a Punk Rock haven but smell like a dirty sock filled with cheese. You have to choose between fantastic atmosphere or a bathroom that’s actually been cl...  
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Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: European Bathrooms Rule!

{CommentsCant} · Monday, October 13, 2014
Saturday night contained a lot of firsts. It was the first time I ran merch, the first time we played in Germany, it marked the first appearance of the hot dog suit and the first time I said “fuck you, asshole” in German. We got a late start on our trip from Antwerp, Belgium to Oelsnitz, Germany. Alarms weren’t properly set, showers were needed all around and the beds were comfier than they ...  
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Valley of the Sun Tour Diary: Brussels, Desertfest & Kitty Folders

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 10, 2014
When I first met Valley of the Sun, one of the first things Ryan ever said to me was, “So you’re the enemy,” with a huge grin on his face. He was obviously referencing something and was extremely happy that he was finally able to do so. I didn’t get it. For those of you as clueless as I was, it’s from Almost Famous, the story of a young boy who gets to live his dream and follow a...  
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Journey with the Valley of the Sun: An Introduction

CityBeat contributor heads to Europe with local Rock band, hopes he packed enough underwear

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, October 9, 2014
(Editor’s Note: CityBeat contributor Nick Grever leaves today for Europe, where he’ll be on tour with Cincinnati Rock group Valley of the Sun as the band’s “merch guy.” Nick has graciously agreed to blog about his journey for citybeat.com over the next three weeks. Below is his first installment, an introduction written last night when he was [possibly over] packing for the tri...  
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Mainstay Rock Bar Calls It a Day

Remembering the downtown live music club as it prepares for its final weekend

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Mainstay Rock Bar will be celebrating its final weekend before closing its doors after five and a half years in operation. As I prepared to write about the closure of my favorite local bar, I struggled to figure out just how to voice my sadness. I’m still not entirely sure how but I did think of a ton of stories that exemplify why Mainstay was so special to me. I ...  

Swinging Sensations

Keith Jones and the Makeshifts shake, rattle and roll their way to a growing fan base

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Keith Jones has perfected his stage show and his band’s homage to Bill Haley and the Comets-era Rock & Roll and Rockabilly.
  
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REVIEW: 500 Miles to Memphis’ ‘Stand There and Bleed’

Local rockers host listening party tonight for their finest effort to date

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, August 21, 2014
500 Miles to Memphis’ two most recent album releases are local classics that reside in two vastly different musical landscapes. Their 2007 album, Sunshine in a Shot Glass, offers 12 tracks of undiluted Country Punk. The album starts off with the band’s hit “All My Friends are Crazy” and doesn’t let up. The band’s followup, 2011’s <...  

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Martin Luther and the Kings refine their “Kablam Rock” on latest material

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The members of Martin Luther and the Kings are recovering from a long night of partying, performing and drinking. Guitarist and vocalist “Hellcat” Matt Smith, bassist Aaron “Bogie” Bogren and drummer Jimmy “Jims” Snowden are sitting at a table with pints of Guinness, hot wings and sunglasses, all within reach.
  

Street Life 101

The Nothing’s eclectic, streetwise sound combines every loud and angry genre

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Sitting down with Northern Kentucky-based Punk rockers The Nothing on May the 4th (Star Wars Day for the non-geeks in the audience) felt like fate. The members of the band (vocalist Jimi Caudill, guitarist Paulie Burgio, drummer Eric Robinson and bassist Dan Snow) have all had a Jedi-esque journey of redemption littered with band transitions, relationship implosions, addiction and other trials.