CityBeat - Music http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-85-1-music.html <![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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<![CDATA[Turn the Cage - After showcasing its influences on previous albums, Cage the Elephant finds its voice with Melophobia]]>

Brad Shultz has had a good deal of time to live with Melophobia, the latest album from his band, Cage The Elephant. And some six months after its release, he’s still feeling more at home with Melophobia than the band’s first two albums.

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<![CDATA[Grave Concerns - Mötley Crüe’s current tour really is its final one — legally ]]>

Tommy Lee might sound a bit morbid when he says he wants each show on the final tour with his band, Mötley Crüe, to be like a wake.

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<![CDATA[Kings of Power - Martin Luther and the Kings refine their “Kablam Rock” on latest material]]>

The members of Martin Luther and the Kings are recovering from a long night of partying, performing and drinking. Guitarist and vocalist “Hellcat” Matt Smith, bassist Aaron “Bogie” Bogren and drummer Jimmy “Jims” Snowden are sitting at a table with pints of Guinness, hot wings and sunglasses, all within reach.

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<![CDATA[Sonic Barbarism - Avant-garde cult hero Lydia Lunch hits the road with a live retrospective of her provocative music career ]]>

Here’s a clear sign the apocalypse is coming: Lydia Lunch is touring North America, especially the Midwest, with her Retrovirus band and show. 

 

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<![CDATA[Street Life 101 - The Nothing’s eclectic, streetwise sound combines every loud and angry genre]]>

Sitting down with Northern Kentucky-based Punk rockers The Nothing on May the 4th (Star Wars Day for the non-geeks in the audience) felt like fate. The members of the band (vocalist Jimi Caudill, guitarist Paulie Burgio, drummer Eric Robinson and bassist Dan Snow) have all had a Jedi-esque journey of redemption littered with band transitions, relationship implosions, addiction and other trials.

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<![CDATA[The Devil is in the Details - Incisive Metal outfit Agalloch focuses on making the most of the little things]]>

As the music recording business continues to shrink, the music merchandising business continues to grow. In the last few years, one of the most unusual burgeoning merch trends has been bands attaching themselves to alcoholic beverages.

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