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Music: Freekbass

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 10, 2014
There is a very particular bit of artist-centric evidence that determines the ostensible success of an album. Everybody’s Feelin’ Real, the new release from Cincinnati Funktronica legend Freekbass, is packed like a Kardashian’s overstuffed suitcase with that specific proof.   

Poliça State

Channy Leaneagh and Poliça created their latest album with an experimental view toward freedom and discomfort

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Poliça frontwoman Channy Leaneagh has led a fairly colorful life to date. It has included a stint at the Ramsey Fine Arts school in Minneapolis, forming the acoustic Folk/Rock duo Roma di Luna with former Oddjobs member Alexei Casselle after graduating high school, becoming an art teacher in Cambodia for a year, marrying Casselle, giving birth to their daughter, expanding Roma di Luna to a full band and crafting a handful of acclaimed releases.     

Jackie Greene with Rich Robinson

Tuesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
If there’s a commemorative tablet somewhere inscribed with the names of the most unlikely people to be drawn into the Grateful Dead’s musical universe, Jackie Greene should be chiseled on it along with Pop/Jazz pianist Bruce Hornsby and former Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick. 
  

The Black Lillies with Kentucky Struts

Tuesday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
If Cruz Contreras’ name sounds familiar, you may remember his stint with Robinella and the CCstringband, the jazzy Bluegrass group he co-founded with his wife Robinella Bailey in the late ’90s (he was “CC,” naturally).   

Kid Ink with King Los and Bizzy Crook

Saturday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Early last year, Kid Ink signed with RCA which resulted in a flurry of activity, including his slamming singles “Bad Ass” and “Money and the Power” from his well-received EP Almost Home.
  

The Words of Aaron

Former SHADOWRAPTR drummer Aaron Collins goes solo in a big way with 'Godlessly Oscillating'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
It’s not surprising that Cincinnati's Aaron Collins chose to conduct our recent interview in a coffee shop. Given the entries in his planning calendar, which include juggling his work schedule, two bands and all the activities related to his debut solo album, Godlessly Oscillating, one wouldn’t be surprised if Collins were taking his caffeine intravenously these days.  

Royal Southern Brotherhood with The Dallas Moore Band

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Supergroups are problematic in that egos and talent levels tend to cancel each other out, and musical combinations that sound good in theory often implode in the execution phase. The other musical construct that can be fraught with its own particular series of pitfalls is the musician-carrying-on-the-family-name scenario. Royal Southern Brotherhood would seem to be flying in the face of a boatload of potential negatives as their lineup reflects both  situations.   

Matt Pryor with Blue Of Colors, Bob Nanna, Mark Rose and JT Woodruff

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Matt Pryor maintains a creative pace that would give the most hyperactive Type A personality an inferiority complex. The vocalist/guitarist started off in the Ska/Punk band Secret Decoder Ring two decades ago. When that band dissolved in 1995, he formed The Get Up Kids with the Pope brothers and Jim Suptic from fellow Kansas City locals Kingpin.
  

French Horn Rebellion with Hey Champ

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
How best to describe the lush danceable laptop Hip Pop/Indie Rock of French Horn Rebellion? If you’re known by the company you keep, the Milwaukee-raised/Brooklyn-based duo is rubbing elbows with the right kind of people, including Savoir Adore, Nini Fabi (HAERTS), Ghost Beach, MGMT and a veritable who’s who within the Electronic/DJ/Dance culture.
  

Bringing Saxy Back

Chicagoan Dave McDonnell energizes the Cincy Jazz scene with dynamic chops and incredible experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Chicago native Dave McDonnell and his wife settled into their Cincinnati experience with their daughter’s arrival a couple years ago, but the saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist attended a similarly joyous birth when he and a collection of Chicago colleagues recorded his about-to-be-released Post Jazz album, the dragon and the griffin.