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Music: Empires

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Every show Empires has played in Cincinnati, it has been memorable. The Chicago quintet’s Queen City debut was at 2010’s MidPoint festival.  

Empires

Sunday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, February 24, 2014
Every show Empires has played in Cincinnati, it has been memorable. The Chicago quintet’s Queen City debut was at 2010’s MidPoint festival, which guitarist Tom Conrad recalls thusly: “I remember everyone being extremely wasted and playing really late, and walking away thinking, ‘I don’t know what this was but I’d love to come back.’”
  

Faith and Praise

Milton Blake’s long journey from Jamaica to Cincinnati and belief in the Almighty informs his debut album, People Need Jah

1 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Most native Jamaicans I’ve met are possessed of a similar quality, namely a Zen-like balance between an intense drive to do the best possible job regardless of the task at hand and an almost blissful serenity borne of faith. That quality radiates from now-Cincinnati-based Reggae singer/songwriter Milton Blake in palpable waves.
  

Willie Sugarcapps with Brigitte DeMeyer

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
For the past couple of years, the Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, Ala., has hosted a musical genre stew dubbed The Frog Pond, a house concert comprised of whoever happens to be in the house. A few Frog Pond regulars — singer/songwriters Will Kimbrough and Grayson Capps, guitarist Corky Hughes and Folk duo Anthony Crawford and Savanna Lee (aka Sugarcane Jane) — felt a particular creative kinship at their very first impromptu gig, which morphed into Willie Sugarcapps.
  

Music: Willie Sugarcapps

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Recorded on a porch and produced by the band along with Grammy winner Trina Shoemaker, Willie Sugarcapps’ eponymous 2013 debut sounds every bit as natural and unforced as its origin.   
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REVIEW: To No End's 'Peril & Paracosm'

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, February 13, 2014
Nick Dellaposta is a graphic designer, web developer, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Cincinnati/Dayton band To No End. If he did brain surgery on the side, he'd be Buckaroo Banzai.  And for a guy with little discernible local profile, Dellaposta has a metric ton of history that begins with learning guitar and writing songs at age 14. His father Bob fronted the Broken String Band and t...  

Cheap Time with Cha-Cha-Chachi

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Eight years ago, ex-Rat Traps vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Jeffrey Novak envisioned a Garage-stained band that would nod toward Glam Rock and Power Pop influences, fueled by the Punk he’d been playing since his teenage years. The Nashville native formed Cheap Time and released the well-received self-titled debut full-length in 2008.  

Mayer Hawthorne with Quadron

Saturday • Madison Theater

1 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Stones Throw label honcho Peanut Butter Wolf heard some of Mayer Hawthorne’s early songs and was convinced they were real Soul deals from the ’60s/’70s, retooled from a modern mindset. When the truth was revealed, Wolf signed Hawthorne instantly.  
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Bosco Makes You Feel All Right

A tribute to a lost family member and all of the gifts he gave

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
A few weeks ago, I was headed downstairs with a basket of laundry and when I got to our kitchen doorway, I automatically raised my right leg to clear the baby gate. We haven't had any babies in the house since Clinton's first term, but we wound up using our long-neglected toddler barriers as a method to contain Bosco, our rambunctious Boston terrier. Initially, we thought we'd use the gates ...  

Janiva Magness at Winter Blues Fest

Saturday • The Phoenix

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Blues chanteuse Janiva Magness has channeled her tragedies into an impressive body of work that stands with the best the genre has to offer.