CityBeat - Cover Story http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-133-1-cover_story.html <![CDATA[Vinyl Solution - Melvin Dillon’s Soul Step Records represents the new face of the resurgent vinyl format]]> Since founding Cincinnati's all-vinyl Soul Step Records, Melvin Dillon has released LPs by Modoc, Scattered Trees and other artists from all over the country.
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<![CDATA[Still Spinning - The popularity of vinyl, a music format once left for dead, continues to rise]]>

Though some of the reasons for vinyl’s rebirth come down to its trendiness, most listeners still cite the same reasons that have long kept the format alive.

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<![CDATA[The 'Q' Stands for 'Quality' - How Queen City Album got its groove back]]> After shutting down its vinyl processing in 1992, 60-plus-year-old Queen City Album (QCA) is back in the vinyl biz with a new plating operation.
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<![CDATA[The All-Spin Zones - Vinyl aficionados share their record collections at venues across Greater Cincinnati ]]>

All vinyl nights — select evenings at bars and other venues where people come to spin and listen to vinyl records — have their own distinct personality and all are responses to the ongoing revival of interest (and sales) in vinyl records.

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<![CDATA[Wax Dealer - At Northside’s Black Plastic, vinyl is the only thing in stock]]> After years of playing in Cincinnati bands and touring with various bands as a sound man and guitar tech, Steve Schmoll decided to put his energy into the all-vinyl Northside record shop, Black Plastic.
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<![CDATA[Where to Find Vinyl in Cincinnati - ]]> Some of the independent record shops around Greater Cincinnati that stock vinyl]]> <![CDATA[Seven Cool RSD Vinyl Releases - ]]> A look at just a few of the special vinyl releases being made available this Saturday for Record Store Day 2014
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<![CDATA[Seeds of Change - Urban farming reverses unsustainable practices and cultivates community resources]]> Agriculture made the first cities possible — urban agriculture dates back to the first cities formed in Mesopotamia around 3500 B.C. —  so it’s fitting that this ancient concept is now shaping urban areas of the future.]]> <![CDATA[Your Name Here - Controversial Los Angeles-based organization RAW:NATURAL BORN ARTISTS relaunches a dubious pay-to-play operation in Cincinnati]]>

Is RAW:natural born artists on the cutting edge of artistic empowerment, or is it profiting off the idea that inclusion in its network is the next step to artistic relevance in exchange for a one-time fee? The reality likely lies somewhere in between.

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<![CDATA[Artistic Empowerment: Local Versus Corporate - ]]>

Cincinnati offers sundry artistic avenues that successfully empower local artists within their representative milieu, with relatively low costs and proven results.

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<![CDATA[Hero's Journey - The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates 10 years with newfound financial support and a bold vision for the future ]]> Leaders at the Freedom Center are celebrating the institution's 10-year anniversary with a new president, a revised budget, a growing number of national and international partnerships and big plans for the future.  ]]> <![CDATA[Road to Nowhere - Why a growing number of Cincinnatians struggle to break free from the cycle of poverty]]>

At Lower Price Hill’s Oyler School, the nurses begin many students’ visits to the school’s expansive medical wing with one question: “Are you hungry?”

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<![CDATA[That's Entertainment - Annual CEA show packs Madison Theater for a night of awards, great performances and general debauchery]]>

Several of the night’s CEA winners gave appreciative acceptance speeches that inadvertently showed just how much they’ve accomplished in the past year, both in their hometown and around the world.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 CEA Behind-the-Scenes Secrets - First-time CEA host — and CityBeat Arts & Culture Editor — Jac Kern shares little-known facts about what happens backstage]]>

The CEAs are a much bigger production than people might assume, and while it might appear that some of us up there were winging it at times (definitely true), we think that’s part of what makes the event great.

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<![CDATA[Sundance Kid - Cincinnati native Andre Hyland takes his locally shot short film to Park City]]>

Andre Hyland is a really funny guy. He’s also a relentlessly creative, DIY-influenced artist who’s spent the last 15 years honing his unique talents through a variety of media.

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<![CDATA[Excellent Citizenship - Electric Citizen marks its first year together with a debut EP and unexpected CEA nods]]>

For a band that’s been active on the scene for less than a year, Electric Citizen draws on tons of history.

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<![CDATA[From "Eww" to "Ooh" - Pop Goes the Evil embraces the lightness and the darkness in its “pleasantly, pleasurably sadistic songs” ]]>

Pop Goes the Evil isn’t afraid of the taboo. Murder, isolation, sex, jealousy, profanity, self-examination — you name it, they touch on it.

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<![CDATA[Known Pleasures - Inspired by the Beats, other local musicians and early Post Punk, Mardou made waves in 2013]]>

Mardou calls its music “Post Punk/Noise Pop shit,” which is as good a descriptor as any. The fresh-faced local quartet had a fruitful 2013, dropping a pair of addictive EPs that recall myriad sonic antecedents (most notably Joy Division and Sonic Youth) yet are intriguing enough on their own to yield genuine excitement about what these guys might conjure going forward.

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<![CDATA[Be Tweens - National attention for Tweens promises to continue in 2014 with their debut album release]]>

When Bridget Battle contemplates the question of what she considers to be the high points of the past year for Tweens, she flips through a mental Rolodex of memories that have been forged with such volume and intensity it’s easy to see that they’ve not yet been cataloged or quantified. “It’s so hard to go back and sometimes we don’t even have time to stop and be like, ‘Whoa,’” she says.

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<![CDATA[Sterling Archer's - On its debut album, Archer’s Paradox smartly combines a sharp Pop sensibility with the members’ varied influences ]]>

Archer’s Paradox formed in 2012, and it wasn’t long before the newly minted six-piece was making a name for itself, grabbing a slot at the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival and earning a growing number of converts.

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