CityBeat - Music http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-85-1-music.html <![CDATA[Northern Light - Tanya Tagaq’s music is a singular mixture of the traditional and avant-garde]]> Tanya Tagaq, the extraordinary Inuit throat singer, will provide vocal accompaniment to a screening of the silent film Nanook of the North at Cincinnati’s Woodward Theater this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Hello, Newman - Brian Newman divides his talent between playing with his own Jazz combo and backing old friend Lady Gaga]]> There aren’t many career paths that include studying at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and working for a boss in a meat dress.]]> <![CDATA[Instruments of Mass Construction - Zac Little utilizes a veritable orchestra of instrumentation to create Saintseneca’s AltFolk Rock brilliance]]> After listening to Led Zeppelin, a teenaged Zac Little came to the conclusion that if banging on four instruments was interesting, three times that many would be exponentially incredible.]]> <![CDATA[Common Law - Northern Kentucky band Common Center’s constant evolution is evidenced on its Jam-centric debut, Gypsy River]]> Over the past five years, through several iterations, Common Center has plied its Psych/Groove/Prog wares around Greater Cincinnati, amassing a loyal fan base while tweaking its Indie Jam sound.]]> <![CDATA[Dream Werks - The Werks roar back with their fourth and best album, the conceptual <i>Inside a Dream</i>]]> From the outset, The Werks have been content to be impressive contributors to the Jam scene, earning adoration from their loyal fan base and respect from the community’s critical arbiters.
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<![CDATA[The Year in Local Recordings - A look back at some of our favorite 2015 releases by Greater Cincinnati music-makers]]> As always, numerous albums, EPs and singles by musical artists from Greater Cincinnati caught our ears in 2015. But know that the list you are about to read is just a snapshot. ]]> <![CDATA[Sincerity Now! - Mike Tittel’s New Sincerity Works is poised for enshrinement in the pantheon of Cincinnati Pop]]> Mike Tittel is soft spoken, self-effacing and unassuming, but, like the soft-spoken, self-effacing, unassuming and wildly talented singer/songwriters before him, Tittel saves his “Big Statements” for the studio and stage. ]]> <![CDATA[The Sky Has No Limits - 'Dos,' the second album from Cincinnati’s Lemon Sky, is a masterful, contemporary spin on Rock classicism ]]>

Based on their name — inspired by a Kevin Bacon movie that was based on Lanford Wilson’s play — the members of Cincinnati’s Lemon Sky refer to their particular genre as “Citrus Rock.”

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<![CDATA[There’s Still a Riot Going On - Sleater-Kinney returns after a decade-long absence with its best album ever, 'No Cities to Love']]>

It seems slightly inaccurate to describe the past decade without the ebullient adrenaline rush of Sleater-Kinney as a hiatus.

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<![CDATA[Straight Outta Lockland - Inspired by the recent N.W.A. biopic, Cincinnati Hip Hop artist Sleep’s new album takes on the ’90s ]]>

Jeremy Spencer is first and foremost a writer, so it may well be that his Hip Hop handle, Sleep, is a reference to Hamlet’s “To sleep, perchance to dream.” And there’s the rub; Spencer doesn’t need to hit the pillow in order to dream.

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<![CDATA[The Last Band Standing - Maynard James Keenan rolls out the new Puscifer album while Tool and A Perfect Circle wait in the wings]]>

The music industry is an odd construct in the human universe in which people sometimes generate as much interest for the things they don’t do as for the things that get done. Look at Axl Rose and Chinese Democracy.

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<![CDATA[From the Mundane to the Sublime - Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman’s Ghostwriting project comes to the Contemporary Arts Center]]>

Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman has consistently won praise — and a devoted, growing international fan base — for the idiosyncratically observational details of his lyrics in songs.

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<![CDATA[Ethicist Takes Black Metal Beyond the Clichés - ]]>

With bands like Deafheaven moving up the sales charts, the old notion of what gives a Black Metal band its identity is gradually being eroded. But there’s one element that Cincinnati’s Ethicist keeps alive in its spin on the genre. “It’s always gotta be nasty,” drummer Johnny Finger says.

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<![CDATA[Tonk of the Town - Jasmine Poole sits and watches as alter ego Wonky Tonk reinvents rootsy Country Folk with an arty edge]]>

Greater Cincinnati’s Jasmine Poole is the first to admit that she’s hardly the life of any party. On the other hand, Wonky Tonk, Poole’s Country-music alter ego, takes a stage like an occupying army, storming in with purpose, confidence and conviction.

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<![CDATA[Painful Splendor - Cincinnati’s Ethicist twists and challenges Black Metal stereotypes]]>

Cincinnati's Ethicist maintains Black Metal’s trademark filth, but manages to weave it together with moments of honest beauty. The band achieves this via a mix of Shoegaze, Crust, Punk, Heavy Metal and experimental Noise Rock. 

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<![CDATA[Ridin’ Wordy - The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn follows his own narrative on solo records]]>

Craig Finn writes songs. He can’t help it, and he isn’t stopping anytime soon. Best known as the frontman for The Hold Steady, Finn has been delivering his detailed, word-addled songs about everyday people and places for more than two decades

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<![CDATA[Wayne Storm - Daniel Wayne returns to Cincinnati with an all-star vengeance for his debut full-length album]]>

Like a modern-day Dorothy, Daniel Wayne left his home and traveled to remote locales to chase his heart’s desire, only to find that his greatest opportunities and potential for next-level success were right where he started.

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<![CDATA[Puck It All - Cincinnati-area rapper/DJ Puck has overcome long odds to reach this point in his short, impressive career]]>

At 23, Puck has achieved a great deal, with designs on even more. He’s released a series of mixtapes and EPs, done several accompanying videos and is currently writing new material as well as working on increasing his profile as a DJ.

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<![CDATA[Embracing the Weirdness - With Helado Negro, Roberto Carlos Lange uniquely explores art, Electronic music and his Latin heritage]]>

Roberto Carlos Lange’s music, performed under the moniker Helado Negro, celebrates his Latin heritage in ways both obvious and subverting.

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<![CDATA[Making Another Great ’Point - While the spirit and top-notch music remain, Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival introduces a few changes]]>

The MidPoint Music Festival returned to venues in Over-the-Rhine and downtown Sept. 25-27 for its 14th-annual event, once again offering open-minded music fans a buffet of stimulating sounds by mostly newer artists both known and up-and-coming.

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