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Niches Get Stitches

Cincinnati’s multifaceted Black Signal pushes the boundaries of Electronic music

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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.   
by Mike Breen 02.14.2014 68 days ago
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WATCH: Buggs Tha Rocka's 'State of Hip Hop Freestyle' Video

A pair of Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners team up for new music video shot in Amsterdam

Creative Cincinnati MC Buggs Tha Rocka has just released a video for his “State of Hip-Hop Freestyle” track, featuring sounds from the late, great J. Dilla and taken from 2012’s The Wrath of Zeus mixtape, which was hosted by DJ Clockwork and is available for free download here.  The “State of Hip Hop” clip was shot in Amsterdam by Snow Rowe, who also performs/records with the great local Hip Hop crew Valley High. Rowe’s video for Valley High’s “8 Ball” won the inaugural “Best Music Video” prize at the recent Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.  Buggs Tha Rocka took home the 2014 “Hip Hop” Cincinnati Entertainment Award (his second win in a row) and he has video evidence to prove it:
 
 
by Mike Breen 01.27.2014 87 days ago
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CEA 2014 Winners

Who won what at the 17th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards

Check out a wrap-up of last night's 17th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards show in this Wednesday issue of CityBeat. (Spoiler alert: It was an amazing night.)In the meantime, below are the winners in each of the CEA categories. Congratulations to all of the performers, presenters, nominees and other attendees for making last night's show at the Madison Theater such a success. (Here's a link to some footage from ICRCTV's Livestream stream last night.)Cincinnati Entertainment Awards 2014 Winners Rock: Electric Citizen  Indie/Alternative: DAAP Girls Metal/Hard Rock: Moonbow Punk: The Dopamines Folk/Americana: The Tillers Bluegrass: Rumpke Mountain Boys Country: Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s Singer/Songwriter: Molly Sullivan World Music/Reggae: The Cliftones Hip Hop: Buggs Tha Rocka Electronic: Black Signal Blues: Ricky Nye Jazz: The Faux Frenchmen R&B/Funk/Soul: The Cincy Brass Best Live Act: Foxy ShazamBest Artist Not Nominated: Young Heirlooms  Best Music Video: “8 Ball” by Valley High  Album of the Year: Fists of Love - I Sang My Heart Out to a Snake Once New Artist of the Year: Tweens Artist of the Year: Walk the Moon
 
 
by Mike Breen 01.24.2014 90 days ago
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Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Return Sunday

Seventeenth annual celebration of Greater Cincinnati's music makers goes up against The Grammys this year

The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony/party returns for its 17th annual celebration of the Greater Cincinnati music scene this Sunday at Madison Theater (730 Madison Ave., Covington, madisontheateronline.com). The show is open to music fans of all ages and kicks off at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)This marks the first year the CEAs have gone up against that OTHER music awards show, The Grammys (made possible by the CEA ceremony’s move from November to January last year). Don’t worry — you can DVR The Grammys or check out the best bits later online.Along with the presentation of awards in 19 categories and lots of fun planned by first-time host (and CityBeat Arts & Culture Editor) Jac Kern, this year’s CEAs will feature more live performances than ever. The show will open with a secret — an all-star crew going by the name Saint Ain’t Mangled Angels. There will also be a special appearance by Folk trio The Tillers, who will pay tribute to their former bassist, Jason Soudrette, who passed away last year. Rounding out the great performance lineup are 2014 CEA nominees DAAP Girls, The Almighty Get Down, Moonbow, Valley High, Honey & Houston, The Yugos and The Upset Victory. (Check out all of this year's nominees here.)Immediately after the CEA show, ticket holders are invited to attend the famous/infamous after party at BLDG (30 W Pike St., Covington, 513-491-4228). Indie/Electronic band Dark Colour will perform and Melissa Fairmount and Dana Hamblen of The Fairmount Girls will once again be doling out the “Fashion Trashies,” special handmade awards given to the best/worst/weirdest dressed CEA attendees (so be sure to look your best/worst/weirdest on the red carpet!). Tickets to the CEA show are available at cincyticket.com for $20 (they’ll be $25 at the door). Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. Also available at cincyticket.com are special VIP tickets. For $40, VIPs get some goodies from the Heritage Foundation (including a membership), food and drinks, private seating, performances by DJ squad Selectas Choice and more. For those who can’t make it Sunday, follow @CityBeatMusic on Twitter to find out who wins what live as the awards are handed out.Click below to check out this year’s nominees in first time category, Best Music Video. The videos will be shown on the big screen at the Madison a half hour before the 7 p.m. start time. 

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Tigerlilies Do It "In the Dark"

Plus, music-packed 17th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards set for this Sunday

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Enduring Cincinnati Power Pop/Rock champs The Tigerlilies return with a new album, In the Dark, while the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards celebrates its 17th anniversary this Sunday in Covington.   
by Mike Breen 01.17.2014 96 days ago
Posted In: Live Music, CEAs, Local Music, Music Video at 11:48 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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PREVIEW: Best New Bands Showcase

Music and more from the 10 new artists appearing at Saturday’s local music showcase at Bogart’s

Saturday at Bogart’s you’ll have a chance to see 10 of Greater Cincinnati’s finest up-and-comers as CityBeat presents the first “Best New Bands” showcase. The event coincides with our “Best New Bands” cover story, featuring profiles and info on all of the performers — grab a copy if you haven’t. Below is the lineup, which includes all six of the local acts nominated in the “New Artist of the Year” category and four other favorites, plus some audio/video previews to whet your appetite. Click the artists’ name to read CityBeat’s stories (and some great original photography) about each. The stories include links to the acts’ websites and more music. The doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bogart’s and admission is just $5. Performers will be featured on two stages, so it will be non-stop music all night.7:30 p.m. Pop Goes the Evil 8 p.m. Molly Sullivan  8:30 p.m. Injecting Strangers <a href="http://injectingstrangers.bandcamp.com/album/nightmare-nancy">Nightmare Nancy by Injecting Strangers</a>9 p.m. ADM  9:30 p.m. Mardou  10 p.m. Austin Livingood 10:30 p.m. Archer's Paradox11 p.m. Little Lights  11:30 p.m. Tweens  12:15 a.m. Electric Citizen
 
 

More Great New Artists to Watch in 2014

ADM, Little Lights, Molly Sullivan and Injecting Strangers join CEA New Artist nominees at Best New Bands showcase

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Check out four more great new artists to watch in 2014 — ADM, Molly Sullivan, Little Lights and Injecting Strangers.   

Livingood, and the Music is Easy

Austin Livingood breaks away from Belle Histoire to create a pair of stunning EPs

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
In 2013, Belle Histoire’s Jane Smith planted new musical seeds with her solo venture Decker while insisting Belle Histoire was merely on hiatus. But when guitarist Austin Livingood stepped up to the solo plate last summer and knocked his debut EP, The Weightless Anchor: By Plane (I), out of the park, the writing was on the wall.  

Sterling Archer's

On its debut album, Archer’s Paradox smartly combines a sharp Pop sensibility with the members’ varied influences

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Archer’s Paradox formed in 2012, and it wasn’t long before the newly minted six-piece was making a name for itself, grabbing a slot at the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival and earning a growing number of converts.   

Known Pleasures

Inspired by the Beats, other local musicians and early Post Punk, Mardou made waves in 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Mardou calls its music “Post Punk/Noise Pop shit,” which is as good a descriptor as any. The fresh-faced local quartet had a fruitful 2013, dropping a pair of addictive EPs that recall myriad sonic antecedents (most notably Joy Division and Sonic Youth) yet are intriguing enough on their own to yield genuine excitement about what these guys might conjure going forward.   

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