CityBeat - Music http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-85-1-music.html <![CDATA[Pulling the Thread - We Were Promised Jetpacks shift focus with Unravelling]]>

Unravelling notches several firsts for the Jetpacks; primarily, it’s the band’s debut as a quintet, with the permanent installation of touring keyboardist/guitarist Stuart McGachan.

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<![CDATA[Happy Accidents - The Coathangers’ party-starting Rock testifies to the power of chasing whims and instincts]]>

The group’s skittish, disheveled, loud, lo-fi-leaning and often tongue-in-cheek music syncs seamlessly with the band’s origins.

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<![CDATA[Four Runs, No Hits, No Errors - Cory Branan turns his diverse musical taste into the schizophonic Americana bash of The No-Hit Wonder]]>

Cory Branan has a way with words but there’s one that sticks in his throat: compromise.

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<![CDATA[Some People Call Him Maurice - Singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei details the pompatus of loss on Celebrity Issue]]>

After 21 albums and countless gigs, Mattei remains fresh and engaged in the process.

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<![CDATA[Changing Tides - Reluctantly, singer/songwriter Mirah adapts to the evolving music business as best she can]]>

Mirah’s voice is a versatile thing of beauty, childlike and endearing one minute, haunting and rich the next.

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<![CDATA[Sound City - The MidPoint Music Festival tops itself once again with its 13th annual event]]>

MidPoint has become not only a showcase of adventurous music makers from around the world, it is also a showcase of the immense progress Cincinnati’s downtown and Over-the-Rhine have made in a relatively short period of time.

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<![CDATA[Home is Where the Art Is - Dealing with self-doubt and writer’s block, Brett Dennen rediscovered his muse in a familiar place]]>

On tour behind his 2011 album Loverboy, the singer/songwriter found himself wearing down, getting stuck creatively and unsure about where to go with his music.

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<![CDATA[Caged Heat - Born Cages successfully integrate Rock and Electronica in a band short on history and long on ambition]]>

The question that’s on a lot of minds — particularly that of Born Cages guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Vlad Holiday — is, “Why can’t Rock and Electronica co-exist in a single entity?”

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<![CDATA[Get Weller Soon - Paul Weller’s lifetime of musical creativity is (partially) encapsulated in his second solo hits collection ]]>

Paul Weller’s career, in total, has generated an astonishing 32 hits collections (including B-sides/rarities compilations) and six box sets.

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<![CDATA[Bone Structure - New Orleans' Trombone Shorty discusses his musical inspirations]]> Trombone Shorty's latest album, Say That to Say This, has made history by bringing together the original members of the seminal New Orleans band The Meters for the first time in more than three decades.]]> <![CDATA[Swinging Sensations - Keith Jones and the Makeshifts shake, rattle and roll their way to a growing fan base]]> Keith Jones has perfected his stage show and his band’s homage to Bill Haley and the Comets-era Rock & Roll and Rockabilly.
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<![CDATA[From Brazil With Love - Cincinnati Jazz pianist Phil DeGreg continues his long love affair with Brazilian musical tradition ]]>

Cincinnati Jazz pianist Phil DeGreg talks about his recently released third album of Brazilian Jazz exploration, Brazilian People, and the state of Jazz in Cincinnati and beyond.

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<![CDATA[We Built This Old City - Piece by piece, Old City has come together to become one of Cincinnati’s sonic powerhouses]]>

After issuing a trio of EPs since 2012 — originally on old school cassettes — and a live album back in January, the current incarnation of Cincinnati’s Old City concluded it was time for a proper full-length release.

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<![CDATA[Making Big Daddy Proud - Cedric Burnside carries on a family tradition of Mississippi Hill Country Blues ]]>

Cedric Burnside learned how to play the Blues at the side of his legendary grandfather, R.L. Burnside. Since then, Cedric has gone on to win four Blues Music Awards for Best Instrumentalist: Drummer, including this year. His current band is the Cedric Burnside Project, featuring guitarist Trent Ayers. The duo’s latest album is Hear Me When I Say.

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<![CDATA[Fateful Twists - After enduring numerous challenges, Escape The Fate is burning up the road in support of Ungrateful]]> After being out of the spotlight for a couple years, Escape the Fate is using touring — including dates on this year's Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival — to reintroduce itself.]]> <![CDATA[Electric Avenues - Cincinnati’s Electric Citizen takes a quick detour from the road to trumpet the release of its debut full-length]]> With international acclaim and relentless national touring, Heavy Cincinnati rockers Electric Citizen return home for a release party in honor of its debut full-length, Sateen.
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<![CDATA[The Forsyth Saga - Guy Forsyth plays all kinds of Blues for all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons]]>

Back in the ‘70s, John Denver wrote the line, “I’d no more love just one kind of woman than drink only one kind of wine.” Guy Forsyth takes a similar approach when it comes to playing music in general, and the Blues specifically.

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<![CDATA[No Filter - Up-and-comer K. Michelle uses reality TV and intimate, honest songwriting to build her audience]]>

While most R&B and Dance Pop artists keep things light lyrically, singing playful songs about the opposite sex, going to clubs, partying and other just-for-fun subjects, there’s not much sweetness and light on K. Michelle’s debut album, Rebellious Soul. And don’t look for any typical heartbroken anthems, either.

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<![CDATA[Bond of Brothers - Dave and Phil Alvin find 'Common Ground' in Big Bill Broonzy]]> Dave and Phil Alvin hadn't made an album together since Dave left The Blasters in the mid-’80s. But their longtime mutual love for Blues icon Big Bill Broonzy recently brought them back together for a new full-length, Common Ground.
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<![CDATA[You Meta, You Bet - Sturgill Simpson gives cosmic context to Metamodern Sounds in Country Music]]>

Last spring, singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson was overly anxious about the arrival of his debut album, High Top Mountain. He’s spent this year simultaneously anticipating the birth of his debut child and the reception of his just-released sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. 

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