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Almost (Accidentally) Famous

The Dopamines celebrate five years of hard work, lucky breaks

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Conventional wisdom would tell you that The Dopamines did everything they could to guarantee their descent into oblivion. Tour the country without a big, local following? Check. Create a band with goals that didn’t go past hanging out with friends? You bet. Recording an album simply for the hell of it? Of course.   

Getting Over Going Under

Grappling with the loss of two seminal local music venues in 2011

3 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2011
There’s something about the written word that adds finality to a subject. Contracts are finished with a signature, newspapers are often considered bastions of truth and obituaries often put a person’s death in perspective for their loved ones. Perhaps this is why I put off writing this story for so long.  

Learning To ‘Fly’

Ten years on, Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups release debut

1 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Fly is the Pickups’ first album, which might seem surprising, given how long the band has been together. But musicians are notorious for their side projects, and Kelly Thomas is no different.  

Norse Code

Local gang Winterhymn's Folk Metal

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Vikings were an interesting breed. They were vicious, bloodthirsty warriors who glorified slaughter, brutal killers who lived from one battle to another. But they also put a great emphasis on death and the afterlife and looked forward to eternal battles in Valhalla. This mixture of vicious power and fatalistic sorrow can be heard in the music of local sextet Winterhymn.   

Great Young Hunters (Profile)

Local Indie rockers take their time to concoct a quality debut album

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Emptying change jars, digging through couch cushions, turning pockets inside out, shining a flashlight under the fridge hoping to retrieve a lost quarter from yesteryear — some bands will do anything to get into the recording studio. Rounding up some money to lay down a few tracks is a rite of passage nowadays. For Northern Kentucky’s Great Young Hunters, this wasn’t just a rite of passage; it was pretty much a monthly occurrence.  

Music: Great Young Hunters

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Cincinnati has a vast and flourishing Indie scene. However, in an omnipresent scene, all the heartfelt lyrics and well-written chord progressions in the world won’t get you very far. It requires bands to be more daring with their music, both lyrically and sonically. It requires a work ethic to which Northern Kentucky's Great Young Hunters (Nick Hill, David Coombs, Benjamin Sims and Brandon Lomax) subscribe.  

Events: Cin City Reptile Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
For some people, Fido just isn't fun. And some don't think Boots the cat isn’t that cuddly. They prefer something a bit more exotic, preferably with more scales and legs-optional. Lucky for these cold-blooded collectors, the Cin City Reptile Show, Inc. is continuing its immensely successful reptile exhibition Sunday. The public will be able to view and buy snakes, lizards, amphibians, spiders and more.  

Events: The Beehive Collective's True Cost of Coal

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 15, 2011
America is a nation of change. Sometimes, we must be reminded of our heritage, especially when that heritage is still being formed. Appalachian coal mining is one of America's energy mainstays, but many Americans are blissfully unaware of its intricacies. This is exactly what the Beehive Design Collective is trying to reverse with their "True Cost of Coal" design campaign.  

Events: Findlay Market Mardi Gras

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Mardi Gras and booze go together like beads and … you know. But Mardi Gras and food don't always have the same visceral connection in one's mind. Findlay Market is trying to change all that with their seventh annual Findlay Market Mardi Gras challenges this Sunday. Market merchants will be competing in several categories: best decorations, costumes, food and spirit.  

Events: 216 Gangster Gala

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Have you ever dreamt of being a part of "the family"? You know, a "family" that holds "functions" to "raise money" for certain, deserving "causes." OK, that's actually quite noble and maybe all the quotation marks weren't necessary — the mob mystique definitely sets the mood for the 216 Foundation's Sixth Annual Gangster Gala. The "event" will feature Blackjack tables, Roulette (probably not of the Russian variety), craps and Texas Hold 'em, all run by professional dealers.