CityBeat - Music http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-85-1-music.html <![CDATA[Revved Back Up - After a foray into straight Country, The Reverend Horton Heat returns to its rowdy Rockabilly-fueled sound]]>

After cranking out eight studio albums over the first 13 years of a recording career that began with the 1990 release Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em, the group’s most recent album, Rev, marks only the second studio release from the Dallas-based group since 2004’s Revival.

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<![CDATA[Coming Back Down the Pike - Third lineup is the charm as Cincinnati’s Pike 27 returns after a six-year break ]]>

The reanimation of Pike 27 is one of the most unlikely and welcomed Cincinnati-area band reunions in recent history (perhaps second only to The Warsaw Falcons’ recent resurrection).

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<![CDATA[Reeling in the Years - A decade after the crackerjack 'Commit This to Memory', Motion City Soundtrack revisits its sophomore record]]>

While Motion City’s origins date back to the late 1990s, 2005 was important one for the band, with the release of Commit This to Memory — its second album — on June 7.

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<![CDATA[Ready to Happen - After two solid EPs, Cincinnati’s Let It Happen is prepared to take the next step with 'Cause + Effect']]>

The Cincinnati quartet may have taken five years to release their first full-length, last year’s bracing and infectious Cause + Effect, but the members seem as energetic and eager to move to the next phase as they must have been when they first coalesced as a band half a decade ago.

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<![CDATA[Top Ten Albums of 2014 - ]]>

My 10 favorite albums of 2014 (minus Beyoncé’s last-minute 2013 surprise, the fascinating new D’Angelo record, which I’ve only listened to a handful of times since it dropped Dec. 15, and the new Spoon, which, though reliably stellar, sounds pretty much like the last five Spoon albums since D’s last one, Voodoo, hit 15 years ago).

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<![CDATA[Ten 2014 Albums or EPs You Should Be Embarrassed To Play - Either because of the pretentious title, the goofy name of the artist, the bizarre name of the record company or some combination of the three]]>

Please keep in mind they might actually sound wonderful, but I was too embarrassed to play them to find out.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Things I Learned from Top 40 Radio in 2014 - ]]>

It’s been many years since I’ve listened to Top 40 radio and while there are moments where I want to jump out of the moving car (the repetition is the worst part of it), it hasn’t been that bad of an experience.

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<![CDATA[A Top Ten, or What I Did on My Bummer Vacation - ]]>

This year held such promise on Jan. 1, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Ancient Shades of Jade - Greater Cincinnati’s Jade gets the shot they never got with the Shake It reissue of its lone album]]>

Last month, Shake It Records co-owner Darren Blase reissued Jade's only album, Faces of Jade.

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<![CDATA[Dubbing the New Year - British Electronic artist Ott plays his only stateside show of 2014 New Year’s Eve in Covington]]>

Rave music, a pulsing subculture of sweaty warehouse basements and strobing audio-visual ritual, became widely popular in the U.K. in the 1980s.

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<![CDATA[The Year in Local Recordings - A look back at some excellent 2014 releases by Greater Cincinnati musical acts]]> 2014 was another excellent year for releases by artists from the Greater Cincinnati area.
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<![CDATA[Reality for the Holidays - Over the Rhine returns for another “reality Christmas” and news of a new venue ]]>

With Blood Oranges in the Snow, Over the Rhine treats the Christmas album as a major artistic statement that questions the holiday’s celebratory nature as much as it acknowledges it. 

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<![CDATA[Girls Will Be Boys - DAAP Girls’ new album will change the world … as soon as they release it into the wild]]>

Stuart MacKenzie isn’t kidding when he confesses a certain lack of business acumen.

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<![CDATA[What’s Up, Rocka? - Cincinnati Hip Hop sensation Buggs Tha Rocka anticipates the genre’s future and drops a masterpiece]]>

Few artists understand the changing face of Hip Hop as well as Buggs Tha Rocka.

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<![CDATA[Motor Away - I toured Europe with Cincy’s Valley of the Sun and lived to write about it]]>

Touring the world is one goal that few bands ever accomplish. It requires a ridiculous amount of hard work, dedication, time and money.

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<![CDATA[Jody Time - Cincinnati singer/songwriter Jody Stapleton’s first solo album finds him overcoming turmoil with tranquility]]>

Jody Stapleton might not be drinking hot and cold running champagne from a solid gold faucet, but he’s certainly achieved a measure of critical success over the years. 

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<![CDATA[Shamble On - Cincinnati’s The Whiskey Shambles aged in the barrel for years before tapping into their top-shelf Blues]]>

The Whiskey Shambles’ membership seems like the set-up to an elaborate shaggy dog joke.

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<![CDATA[San Rise - Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s San Fermin goes from acclaimed recording project to popular touring machine]]>

After graduating from Yale, where he studied musical composition, Ellis Ludwig-Leone secluded himself in Alberta, Canada, for six months to work on his debut album as San Fermin.

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<![CDATA[It’s Never Too Late - Garland Jeffreys’ successful second act continues at age 71]]>

Veteran singer/songwriters stop performing and recording for all kinds of reasons — health, fatigue, lack of success, too much success or changes in music trends all sometimes figure into it. But the reason the New York City-based musician Garland Jeffreys, who will be performing Wednesday at Southgate House Revival, didn’t issue a U.S. album of new material from 1992 until 2011 because he wanted to spend time with his daughter. 


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<![CDATA[Let It ‘Bleed’ - Cincinnati’s 500 Miles to Memphis returns with its most accomplished and mature album yet]]>

 500’s success has always been a group effort and the group pushed itself harder than ever on Bleed.

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