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The Mystery of Captain Murphy (and Why It Drives Us Nuts)

Buzzing Hip Hop artist Captain Murphy's unkown true identity highlights our modern intolerance for mystery

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
There is no mystery in music anymore.
I‘ve been trying to find a scapegoat to blame for this. Most notably, I’d like to blame KISS for taking off their make-up in ’83, unveiling the Demon and Star Child as just a couple of goofy-looking New Yorkers dressed up like extras from a Dokken video.
But as much as I’d love to blame KISS for taking the mystery out of music (Gene Simmons rui...  

As I Lay Dying

Nov. 30 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
There is something to be said for a Metal band that can incorporate its religious beliefs into the music without coming off as cliché or pompous. San Diego Metalcore outfit As I Lay Dying has been one of those bands.  
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Review: Ill Poetic's Synesthesia: The Yellow Movement

Columbus-via-Cincy Hip Hop artist Ill Poetic shows true colors on new EP

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, November 15, 2012
I’m not going to pretend I knew what synesthesia meant before listening to former Cincinnati/current Columbus-based Hip Hop artist Ill Poetic’s latest release, Synesthesia: The Yellow Movement. But after diving into the seven-song EP (and looking up the title on dictionary.com), I discovered that synesthesia is something like a music-induced hallucination where the afflicted see music a...  

Motionless in White

Nov. 19 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Thursday, November 8, 2012
Motionless in White takes the best parts of what made Metalcore popular in the early 2000s, but adds gothic hints and industrial elements.  

R. Kelly

Nov. 11 • Aronoff Center

0 Comments · Monday, November 5, 2012
 R. Kelly has taught me a lot of things over the years. On his song, “I Believe I Can Fly,” he taught me “if I can see it, I can do it.” Then on his alleged sex tape, he also taught me that rule only applies to women over the age of 18.   

"Delloween" with The Del McCoury Band

Oct. 31 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, October 29, 2012
The Del McCoury Band is one of the most celebrated Bluegrass acts to date, but to say they are just a Bluegrass band would be doing them a disservice.  
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All Hail Satan!: The Devil's Favorite Songs

A playllist of Beelzebub's favorite songs, just in time for Halloween weekend

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 26, 2012
Whether you call him Beelzebub, Satan, the Prince of Darkness, Mephistopheles, or just the plain ole devil (it’s all about your preferred nomenclature, man) there is no denying the big guy downstairs has been a huge influence on Rock & Roll. ...  

Music: Keller Williams

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 16, 2012
If nothing else, Keller Williams is one of the most versatile and virtuosic musicians around. This guy can play just about anything (piano, guitar, bass, theremin, synthesizer and percussion). But wha  
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Rating the Reds' Up-to-Bat Music

What happened to the Cincinnati Reds? We have no idea. But maybe it was the walk-on music?

{CommentsCant} · Monday, October 15, 2012
Besides baseball, there are two things that I associate with GABP and the Reds — beer and music. Well, maybe there are three. Losing in the playoffs has seemingly snuck itself in there in the last week or so.

Whatever, I don’t want to talk about it.

Ever since I was a kid, my favorite baseball players' personalities have always matched their walk-on batting intros. (Adam Dunn�...  
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REVIEW: A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and More at Bogart's

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 5, 2012
Before I get into to the nitty-gritty of the A$AP Mob, Schoolboy Q and Danny Brown show at Bogart's last night (Oct. 4), I’ve got a couple of bones to pick first.

Bogart’s, what the hell is up with searching your patrons 90 times before they're let in? I mean, I know it’s probably scary having blacks, whites, Asians, and Latinos all in the same place, consuming copious amounts of dru...