CityBeat - Music http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-85-1-music.html <![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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<![CDATA[The Fall Guy - Cult legend Robyn Hitchcock delivers on latest “autumnal” album, The Man Upstairs]]>

Robyn Hitchcock, the British singer/songwriter whose intimately resonant, raspy voice and mysteriously peculiar worldview were shaped by such skewed troubadours of his youth as Nick Drake, Syd Barrett and the Incredible String Band, has long been said to make “autumnal” records. As in, “songs or singing that reflect on life with a bittersweet, melancholy wisdom coming from age and experience.”

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<![CDATA[The Long Rider - For Willie Nile, Rock provides the reason to live]]>

Willie Nile, the long underappreciated, roots-rockin’ singer/songwriter from the streets of New York, has been on an incredible ride — an American ride — of late.

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<![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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