CityBeat - Music http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-85-1-music.html <![CDATA[Not-So-Easy ‘Riser’ - Dierks Bentley reached the upper echelon of Country-music fame by not always doing the expected ]]>

Riser, the latest album from Dierks Bentley, is being lauded for its collection of mid-tempo tunes and ballads that finds the Country singer digging deeper emotionally than ever before — a direction inspired largely by the death of his father two years ago and the recent birth of his first son.

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<![CDATA[Upper Decker - Cincinnati's Jane Decker brings a fresh perspective to her newly adopted Pop direction]]>

Jane Decker is just barely into official adulthood, but she’s lived a virtual lifetime of experiences, both personally and professionally. 

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<![CDATA[Dive to the Top - Lake Street Dive’s decade-long march finally struck a nerve with its breakthrough album, Bad Self Portraits ]]>

It’s been a year and a half since the stratospheric breakout success of Lake Street Dive’s Bad Self Portraits album and its ubiquitous title track. In a heartbeat, the Boston-born/Brooklyn-based quartet was getting face time on every late-night/morning television show, notching adds in every conceivable radio format and scoring prime real estate in every music and entertainment magazine.

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<![CDATA[Blues Warrior - Though some proclaim Blues a dying art form, Joe Bonamassa’s massive success proves otherwise]]>

Guitarist/singer Joe Bonamassa says his new DVD/album, Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks, captures a concert that will always stand out as a highlight of his musical life.

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<![CDATA[F**kin’ Live - Frontier Folk Nebraska gets ready to record its first live album… even if no one is there]]>

If a band plays a concert and there’s no audience, do they make a sound? If a group plays in a sealed club with no patrons, are they simultaneously live and not live? What if a band threw a live album and nobody came?

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<![CDATA[Goin' Up the Country - Eleni Mandell explores a simpler path through the Zen of Country influence on Dark Lights Up]]>

With a fan base as loyal as a Marine battalion and a catalog littered with nine sparkling gems of diverse Folk/Pop/Rock, including the ebullient Dick Van Dyke parks-and-recreational swing of last year’s Let’s Fly a Kite, singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell had no desire or inclination to subject her creative methodology to any severe course corrections. 

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<![CDATA[A Blazing Grace - Grace Potter is pumped up and ready to hit the road in advance of the release of her debut solo album]]>

Grace Potter’s rise in the music world has been steady. She has toughed it out with tour after tour for years, opening for and collaborating with artists like Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and others.

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<![CDATA[‘Misfit Summer Camp’ Rolls On - While other traveling music fests died years ago, Kevin Lyman’s Warped Tour is now in its 21st year]]>

This year’s Vans Warped Tour lineup is decidedly Rock-centric, with a lean toward Metalcore, Hardcore and edgy Indie Rock.

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<![CDATA[Monster University - Trio Failure is brilliantly resurrected with 'The Heart is a Monster']]>

As a wise philosopher once noted, the only constant is change. Perhaps that’s why Failure’s new album, The Heart is a Monster, is an unexpected surprise.

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<![CDATA[Aoife Madness - Aoife O’Donovan has plenty of fire and more than enough irons for this summer and beyond]]>

On paper, Aoife O’Donovan is the busiest woman in the music business.

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<![CDATA[REVIEW: Bunbury Music Festival 2015 - A belated look back at 2015's anticipated music fest on the river]]>

A belated look back at June's big Bunbury Music Festival, from the music to the fans to the T-shirts. 

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<![CDATA[Ms. Dynamite - Soul/Funk juggernaut Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings show strength and resilience in the face of adversity]]>

Much has changed for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings since the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based retro Soul/Funk band played the (old) Southgate House in Newport, Ky. in 2010.

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<![CDATA[Out of Exile - Chicago rockers Twin Peaks draw inspiration from The Rolling Stones and their vinyl upbringings on new LP]]>

Twin Peaks is the sound of four guys, each barely old enough to drink legally, having fun doing what they love.

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<![CDATA[Becoming BoyMeetsWorld - ]]>

The latest Cincinnati Pop/Punk band with the potential to punch its ticket would make a great reality show.

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<![CDATA[Bigger Brothers - Acclaimed group The Avett Brothers takes its expanded sound on the road with an expanded lineup]]>

Fans who go to see The Avett Brothers this summer and expect the kind of stripped-down acoustic performance that was the acclaimed Folk Rock group’s trademark for the first decade of its career will be in for a whole new experience.

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<![CDATA[Bunbury Music Festival Must-Sees - ]]> This year’s Bunbury Music Festival, the first since it was acquired by Columbus, Ohio’s PromoWest Productions, features an ambitious and diverse lineup. ]]> <![CDATA['Prime' Time - Cincinnati guitarist Brad Myers takes center stage with his debut solo Jazz album]]>

Guitarist Brad Myers could benefit from shaving down his to-do list.

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<![CDATA[Making New ‘Memories’ - With her American Idol contract up, Jess Lamb is pushing her career forward and reveling in her independence ]]>

While Jess Lamb's journey on American Idol was short, she 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.]]>