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It’s the Most MidPointiest Time of the Year

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2014
This week marks the return of the MidPoint Music Festival to the clubs and venues of downtown and Over-the-Rhine, featuring adventurous and critically acclaimed artists from around the world, regardless of their label affiliation (or lack thereof).   

The Wanderer

Jessica Lea Mayfield leaves the rootsier material behind on her new album Make My Head Sing …

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Mayfield’s latest album, Make My Head Sing …, marks a stark departure from her previous efforts in its sonic approach.   

Overpowered by Funk

Canadian Electro Funk duo Chromeo reaches new heights with White Women

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Chromeo offers the whole package: cute dudes who dig fashion and art, wielding electric guitars or standing behind keyboards propped on stands shaped like curvy female legs.  

We Got the Beast

Greg Dulli and John Curley resurrect The Afghan Whigs for Do to the Beast, a personal best and one of the year’s top albums

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2014
These days, musical comebacks seem inevitable, but few are successful, philosophically satisfying or even welcomed. That is most assuredly not the case with The Afghan Whigs.  

Soul Proprietors

Soul ensemble St. Paul & the Broken Bones make a big splash with their debut album Half the City

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2014
St. Paul (a sly reference to Janeway’s religious background) & the Broken Bones has found itself in the middle of two new musical trends — the rise of Alabama acts like Alabama Shakes and Muscle Shoals-born John Paul White of Civil Wars, and the revival of American Deep Soul music courtesy of Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley and others.  

7-Inch Release-a-Thon

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Cincinnati is the new Olympia, Wash., this week, as Arms Exploding, Caterpillar Tracks and The Read, three politically charged bands with aggressive Post-Punk/Post- Hardcore tendencies, celebrate their 7-inch vinyl releases on local label Phratry Records. Newport’s Southgate House is ground zero for getting your face kicked in Friday night. Caterpillar Tracks and Arms Exploding bring their neo-Noise Rock — and a box of freshly pressed vinyl singles — to the Parlor.  

The Silver Ain't Just in the Anniversary

Celebrate my 25th year of covering music by helping me install a bathtub railing

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
As I looked at the calendar recently, considering the dozens of ways I might disappoint my wife on our 25th wedding anniversary this summer, I was struck by a rather startling revelation. I realized that the year we were married was the same year that I started writing about Cincinnati music.   

The Hands Across Basements Fest

Returning for a second year of underground Punk goodness

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Maybe The Ramones said it best on the seventh track of their 1976 debut album: “Hey daddyo/I don’t wanna go down/To the basement/There’s somethin’ down there.” Imagine the place these primal punks were conjuring up: A damp, dimly lit underground room in an ancient house with a low-hung ceiling.  

MidPoint Music Festival Submissions Closing Soon

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The final deadline to be considered for a performance slot at this year’s MidPoint Music Festival (returning to Downtown this Sept. 24-26) is Friday, May 1. Get thee to mpmf.com to submit. There have also been a couple of other MPMF09 developments. The first performer for the fest has been announced — ex-Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit  

'80s Comeback

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Vaughn (now with Dayton's Lab Partners) are Jesse Ebaugh, the jaw-dropping bassist for Pearlene, and Dave Colvin, who played with Shesus (of which Wennerstrom was also once a member).  

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