CityBeat - Music http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-85-1-music.html <![CDATA[Making New ‘Memories’ - With her American Idol contract up, Jess Lamb is pushing her career forward and reveling in her independence ]]>

In January, the nation was introduced to Jess Lamb via her American Idol audition in Kansas City, Mo. Her performance of “Ain’t No Sunshine” quickly won over the judges and gained the Cincinnati singer/songwriter a great deal of fans. While her journey on American Idol was short, Lamb has been spending her post-Idol time productively and is poised to take the next step on May 30 with the release of her first official single, “Memories.”

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<![CDATA[More Than Blood, Sweat and Tears - Following the release of his acclaimed new memoir, ‘Rock Star’ Steve Katz comes to Newport]]> Veteran music man Steve Katz reflects on his rich history in music with a new memoir and an acoustic/storytelling performance Friday at Southgate House Revival.]]> <![CDATA[Rudd, Wiser - With his new multi-cultural band and new album Nanna, Xavier Rudd is ready to show the world what’s up]]> Successful Australian singer/songwriter Xavier Rudd was compelled to push his art in new and interesting directions. Long desiring to assemble an Impossible Missions Force of global musical talent with the express purpose of refracting his ideas through fresh contextual prisms, for his new album, Nanna, Rudd achieved his goal with a new band that he's appropriately dubbed the United Nations.]]> <![CDATA[Persistence of Vision - Indie Rock stalwarts Interpol’s latest album El Pintor finds the band still in peak form]]>

Since debuting in 2002 with the acclaimed Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol has remained one of the leading bands on the Indie Rock circuit, recently releasing its latest full-length, El Pintor.

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<![CDATA[Poet Aureate - Kevin Barnes takes of Montreal to new Glam/Dance heights with Aureate Gloom]]>

There is an odd circularity in the work of Kevin Barnes. Back in 2005, of Montreal’s amazingly prolific and profoundly talented frontman was pursuing an Electronic/AfroBeat direction on The Sunlandic Twins and celebrating the arrival of his daughter Alabee. Ten years and five albums later, Alabee is a 10-year-old tween and Barnes and his wife Nina are navigating the stormy seas of separation and divorce.

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<![CDATA[Gunn’s Range - After critical acclaim for his uniquely textural, broadly influenced sound, Steve Gunn hits the road with Wilco ]]>

When Wilco plays Cincinnati this week, the opening act will be a singer/songwriter and guitarist whose textured, ethereal, slightly dazed and bluesy Rock sound is earning him comparisons to The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile. He is Steve Gunn.

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<![CDATA[Hooked on Sonics - Influential early Pacific Northwest rockers The Sonics make an unlikely comeback]]>

After years of hearing others talk about their influence on Rock musicians, pioneering Pacific Northwest rockers The Sonics have returned with a tour and brand new album, This Is the Sonics.

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<![CDATA[In a Galaxy 'Faraway' - Rusty Burge and Steve Allee take the vibes/piano concept to a quietly powerful new place with Faraway]]>

Cincinnati vibraphonist Rusty Burge has amassed an impressive curriculum vitae over the past 20-plus years, including four album releases. His latest, Faraway, is a collaboration with Indiana-based pianist Steve Allee.

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<![CDATA[Beyond the Mat - The Mountain Goats poetically explore the lives of small-time wrestlers on the new Beat the Champ]]>

The Mountain Goats have dropped 15 albums since 1994, the most recent of which, the just released Beat the Champ, is yet another effort in which frontman John Darnielle’s hyper-literate words and modest but expressive voice take center stage.

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<![CDATA[Prophet, Sharing - The collaborative-minded Chuck Prophet’s latest, Night Surfer, is one of the best albums of his storied career]]>

Chuck Prophet is making some of the best music of his career. Jangly, unique and rocking, Prophet’s jams should be reaching a bigger audience. But fickleness and modern tastes don’t always coincide with true creativity that may be lying in the grass like a snake.

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<![CDATA[The Utley Truth - Cincinnati’s Mark Utley releases his second solo effort, Bulletville, and resurrects Magnolia Mountain ]]>

Prolific singer/songwriter Mark Utley has released a single album’s worth of songs. And that’s all. Bulletville, Utley’s excellent sophomore solo album, is not a double-set on a single CD or accompanied by a new release from his band Magnolia Mountain or another musical vessel for the songs that pour endlessly from his head, heart and hands.

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<![CDATA[Moore Is More - Dallas Moore’s new album, Dark Horse Rider, caps an amazingly fruitful stretch for the Country/Rock kingpin]]>

In the years between 2002's High on the Hog and 2008's Tales from a Road King, Greater Cincinnati Country artist Dallas Moore and his band  toured relentlessly with a boundless appetite for the road and its greater and lesser sins. Since Road King, he’s put out several releases, including his latest album of powerful originals, Dark Horse Rider.

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<![CDATA[She & Them - Post Rock provocateurs Us, Today flip the script on their improv structure for the composed and concussive 'TenEnemies']]>

Cincinnati trio Us, Today is taking things to the next level with the new full-length release 'TenEnemies.'

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<![CDATA[Crushing It - Cincinnati’s Lovecrush 88 finds its sound in clash of disparate influences]]>

An affinity for the down and dirty can be heard in Cincinnati band Lovecrush 88’s mix of ’80s Goth, Hair Metal and good old fashioned Rock & Roll. Featuring singer Tina Sullivan, guitarist Joel Spivey, bassist Nathan Bach and drummer Ryan Moore, Lovecrush 88 has assembled a sound that is hot in all the right ways.

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<![CDATA[Booster Shot - Vince Gill returns to Cincinnati on a brief tour showcasing Country up-and-comers]]>

Vince Gill is no stranger to Cincinnati.

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<![CDATA[MusicNOW (and Then) - For Bryce Dessner, 2015’s MusicNOW Festival is every bit as exhilarating as the first ]]>

When Bryce Dessner, guitarist for international Indie Rock stars The National, founded the MusicNOW Festival in 2006, he didn’t necessarily envision the three-day Indie Rock-meets-experimental/Classical music event’s growth potential.

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<![CDATA[What Can Brown Do For You? - Pieta Brown’s musical DNA is just one part of her amazing story]]>

Pieta Brown’s decision to go into the family business was not one to be taken lightly. 

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<![CDATA[Thigh of the Tiger - Tiger Sex proves that imported local music is every bit as good as the homegrown stuff]]>

Tiger Sex has been a Cincinnati band for a little more than a year and has come to appreciate the local ins and outs.

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<![CDATA[True to Life - Rod Picott writes about working-class life from an honest place ]]>

Here’s a handy little mathematical equation to keep in mind when considering the state of popular music: Modern Country = lies. Americana = truth.

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<![CDATA[Swans in Bloom - Thirty years after debuting, Swans are making the best music of leader Michael Gira’s career]]>

Somehow, more than 30 years after debuting amid the height of the No Wave movement, Swans are making the best music of their long, twisted existence.

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