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REVIEW: Bunbury Music Festival Day 3

Flaming Lips, The Yugos, Kim Taylor and more bring Bunbury 2014 to a close

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sideways rain and swamp-ass, but it wasn't so bad. The storms were intermittent, the day was clearly not a total washout and, out of the nine days of Bunbury over the past three years, this one might just have ended on the highest note of them all.Upon arrival, I was greeted by above-and-beyond volunteer Jacob Heintz, who advised serious attention to hydration, as several people had already passed...  

You Meta, You Bet

Sturgill Simpson gives cosmic context to Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Last spring, singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson was overly anxious about the arrival of his debut album, High Top Mountain. He’s spent this year simultaneously anticipating the birth of his debut child and the reception of his just-released sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.    

Billy Joe Shaver

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Even the Outlaw Country community considers Billy Joe Shaver to be an outlaw. The Texas native learned to play guitar at 11 and dropped out of school in the eighth grade to pick cotton but returned sporadically to play sports. After a Navy hitch, Shaver married Brenda Tindell in 1960; she divorced him six years later when he pursued a songwriting career (they subsequently remarried, divorced and remarried).
  

Maxwell

Saturday • The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Although Soul singer Maxwell has enjoyed stratospheric success as a silky and powerful R&B artist since the mid-’90s, there’s an argument that his career has suffered from classic mismanagement and a slight case of squandered potential. Since ’96, his output has consisted of just four studio albums and a live EP. In fairness, that catalog has generated 12 Grammy nominations and two wins.  
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REVIEW: Bunbury Music Festival Day 1

Locals shine one Day 1 of the third annual Bunbury fest

{CommentsCant} · Monday, July 14, 2014
A perfect day, hot enough but not so hot as to suggest the idea that the ghosts of dead ants broiled by sadistic children with magnifying glasses were somehow exacting their revenge from beyond the veil of ant Valhalla. Why, yes, the '70s were good to me. Why do you ask? 
At any rate, the potential for another spectacular launch to Bunbury's first day was palpable as ID was proffered, th...  

Braid with Pity Sex and Signals Midwest

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Somehow, it seems we’ve ripped the pages out of 21 calendars since Braid roared out of Champaign, Ill., with a Post Punk/Emo sound that deftly combined dissonance and melodicism, thundering heaviness and lightning heat, stuttering time signatures and straightforward riffage.
  

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
It’s easy enough to describe Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires in strictly musical terms. Hailing from Birmingham, Ala., former Dexateens guitarist Bains and his rip-roaring band of Dixie brothers scream through their sophomore album, Dereconstructed, with the ferocity of a Punk-fueled Drive-By Truckers, informed by early Rolling Stones, snotty ’60s Garage dervishes like The Standells and The Shadows of Knight and ’70s swaggermeisters like The Dictators, with a healthy dash of Southern Gospel passion.  

Attack of the Killer B’s

Local entrepreneur Bill Donabedian follows up his Bunbury Music Festival with the new Buckle Up fest

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
If you saw Bill Donabedian’s weary face in the waning hours of the last day of the first Bunbury Music Festival in 2012, you might have correctly discerned that the promotional genius who conceived the event was a) bone-tired from the months of preparation and the constant on-site troubleshooting involved in the three-day Indie/Alt concert series presented along the Sawyer Point/Serpentine Wall stretch of Cincinnati’s riverfront, and b) going to do it all over again the following year.  

Ten Don’t-Miss Bunbury Music Festival Acts

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
This year’s Bunbury Music Festival lineup is a virtual stacked deck of amazing artists, from the top of the marquee all the way down to the fine-print talent at the bottom of the poster. This year’s topliners — Empire of the Sun, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Young the Giant, Flaming Lips — are guaranteed to draw huge crowds to the Main Stage, and the local-and-beyond lineup, including Foxy Shazam, Black Owls, Jane Decker, psychodots, Kim Taylor, Heartless Bastards, Austin Livingood and many more, are sure bets to attract hardcore fans and curious newbies, but there are plenty of undercard acts and little known nearly top-of-the-bill names that could prove to be serious highlights in Bunbury’s burgeoning scrapbook.
  

Ten Don’t-Miss Buckle Up Music Festival Acts

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
It seems unnecessary to spotlight droolingly anticipated shows like Willie Nelson, Alabama, The Band Perry, Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show and Drive-By Truckers, so we’ll stick to some of the lower-tier artists that deserve your attention at the inaugural Buckle Up Festival.