CityBeat - Music http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-85-1-music.html <![CDATA[Let the Good Times Roll - Twenty-six years in, the Supersuckers are still on the grind — and still dreaming big]]>

Even as the decades have passed and several members have moved in and out, Supersuckers remain committed to flippant, hooky, high-energy, underground-friendly Rock & Roll that heavily draws from Rockabilly, Garage Rock, Country and Punk.

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<![CDATA[Arlo Can You Go? - The self-titled debut from Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound might have startled the songwriter more than it will his fans]]>

There’s an interesting paradigm in Folk/Americana singer/songwriter Arlo McKinley’s career. McKinley has only been on the scene since 2012; his alter ego, Tim Carr, was a back-of-the-stage fixture for many years. But when Carr moved into the spotlight to front his Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, he found it necessary to adopt a new persona to handle the increased attention.

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<![CDATA[High Setlist Hopes - What Springsteen should play at his Cincinnati tour stop]]> In light of reports from shows in Australia and New Zealand (and with a heavy dose of wishful thinking), here are some suggestions for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's set at their tour stop in Cincinnati.
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<![CDATA[Guided to 'Voices' - Live shows, The Beatles and a visual approach inform the new album from Indie Electronic duo Phantogram]]>

Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have known each other since attending junior high together in upstate New York in the late ’90s. Their friendship came in handy when, in 2007, Carter was looking to start a new musical project, one in which Hip Hop beats could commingle with atmospheric Indie Pop. Enter Phantogram.

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<![CDATA[No Haters, All SKATERS - NYC’s SKATERS integrate their grassroots Pop/Punk ethic into the major label paradigm]]>

Though still hands-on in most aspects of their career, New York City buzz band SKATERS welcomed the broader reach afforded by their contract with Warner Brothers Records. 

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<![CDATA[Kicking Off a Legacy - Cincinnati played a crucial role in the career of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare]]>

Last October, Bobby Bare was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His long career featured some twists and turns that found him leaving his southern Ohio home to try and find success in California and elsewhere before eventually landing in Nashville. Along the way, Cincinnati’s Fraternity Records played an unexpected part in his success.

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<![CDATA[Now and Then - Bryce Dessner collaborates with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for this year’s MusicNOW fest]]>

On the eve of its ninth festival, MusicNOW founder and The National guitarist Bryce Dessner says after next year he’ll re-evaluate continuing the fest in its current state.

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<![CDATA[Twist of Fate - Chubby Checker returns to the birthplace of his career-making hit]]> How Chubby Checker took an under-promoted, Cincinnati-recorded song and turned it into Billboard's top song of all time.
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<![CDATA[Songs of the South - JJ Grey teams with three of his peers for the inaugural Southern Soul Assembly Tour]]>

A unique group of accomplished musicians will soon combine forces to bring a night of swampy tunes and rootsy grooves to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. Luther Dickinson, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard and JJ Grey each have strong legacies and careers of their own, but as The Southern Soul Assembly, they come together to play songs, tell stories and collaborate.

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<![CDATA[Connie Men - NYC’s Low Cut Connie has established a healthy Cincinnati following with perseverance and great shows]]>

A decade ago, years before American keyboardist Adam Weiner and British drummer/guitarist Dan Finnemore realized their vision of incendiary Piano Rock as Low Cut Connie, Weiner made his Greater Cincinnati solo debut. Booked at the original Southgate House, Weiner found an audience unimpressed with his offerings.

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<![CDATA[New Fires from Old Fuel - Lydia Loveless finds fresh inspiration from a youthful obsession with baseball and a 19th century poet]]>

Ohio singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless hits the road in support of her second full-length release for the esteemed Bloodshot Records release, Somewhere Else.

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<![CDATA[Faith and Praise - Milton Blake’s long journey from Jamaica to Cincinnati and belief in the Almighty informs his debut album, People Need Jah]]>

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.


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<![CDATA[Niches Get Stitches - Cincinnati’s multifaceted Black Signal pushes the boundaries of Electronic music ]]>

Sean “Scary” Garner, one half of Cincinnati-based Black Signal, claims his Electronica project got its moniker from garbled transmissions from outer space. It’s a fitting title given the unique brand of Electronic music that Garner and bandmate Matt Ogden have been assembling.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Adventures - Deafheaven continues to challenge and destroy the boundaries of Black Metal]]>

Sunbather, the second album from Deafheaven, is a true listening “experience.” Clocking in at just under an hour, it moves from the epic blast-furnace riffage and jackhammer drumming of “Dream House” to the pensive, piano-laced wanderings of “Irresistible” with uncommon grace and fluidity. And that’s just the first two songs.

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<![CDATA[Past and Presence - Chad Valley’s eclectic Electronic Pop looks to history for inspiration]]>

In 2010, Hugo Manuel debuted Chad Valley — a project named after a British brand of toys and an area in Birmingham — with a self-titled EP. A year later, he issued another EP, Equatorial Ultravox, and in 2012 his first full-length, Young Hunger, landed. Young Hunger demonstrates the warmth of Caribou shining through, even though that inspiration stands in the shadow of the pronounced influence of 1980s Pop.

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<![CDATA[Versatile Beauty - With current tour, Julianna Barwick takes her acclaimed ambient sound from bars to synagogues ]]>

Julianna Barwick, whose music consists of ethereal and largely wordless vocals looped and otherwise layered to achieve a haunting choral effect as she plays keyboards, has booked some unusual venues for the tour that brings her to Cincinnati this week.

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<![CDATA[Moment of Clarity - Sobriety and a more relaxed approach help make Southeastern Jason Isbell’s finest album yet]]>

“Cover Me Up,” the somber opening song on Jason Isbell’s latest album, Southeastern, includes this revealing lyric: “I sobered up and I swore off that stuff, forever this time.”

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<![CDATA[A Temporary Makeover - Newgrass favorites Yonder Mountain String Band hit the road with some gifted substitutes ]]>

With Newgrass heroes Yonder Mountain String Band’s mandolinist Jeff Austin sitting out the band’s current tour due to his brand-new baby, two members of ace Bluegrass crew Del McCoury Band will be filling in for the proud papa.

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<![CDATA[Coffee Talk - Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming goes solo with his Diane Coffee project]]>

Laid up with an illness after moving to New York City, Foxygen drummer and child actor/voice talent Shaun Fleming produced his surprisingly lush solo debut as Diane Coffee with minimal instruments and a Macbook Pro.

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<![CDATA[Weekend State - A more thoughtful approach (and a dash of therapy) inform Jinx, the second album from Weekend ]]>

Weekend guitarist/vocalist Shaun Durkan has certainly gotten plenty of feedback concerning Jinx, the band’s second release. And while no one has exactly accused Durkan of sophomore-slumping on Jinx, there’s certainly been a fair amount of grumbling about the differences between the  album and its louder and more visceral predecessor, 2010’s Sports.

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