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Cincy Blues Fest Turns 21

Plus, It's Commonly Jazz returns

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This weekend, the Cincy Blues Fest — presented annually by the Cincy Blues Society — returns for its 21st year, a remarkable accomplishment for a music festival of any sort.   
by Mike Breen 07.24.2013
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LISTEN: Formerly Ghosts' 'Predisposed'

Unique local band closes out East Coast tour with homecoming show Sunday

Locals Formerly Ghosts will cap off a string of East Coast tour dates this Sunday with a show at Northside club Mayday with Bear (the Ghost) and The Never Setting Suns. The show starts at 6 p.m. The band, which was formed in 2011 by Sebastien Hue and Pyn Wayne (and is currently a five-piece), has been touring to not only promote their forthcoming album, Dead in Ohio, but also finish it. Hue says the band has been collaborating with artists in places like Philly and New York City in order to complete the recording.  A good example of the band’s collaborative and creative openness (and truly unique sound and songwriting, which mixes Orchestral Pop, Indie Rock, Post Rock and whatever else suits the song) can be heard in the freshly-released single, “Predisposed.” The seven-and-a-half minute tune — featuring strings, percussion, piano and backing vocals provided by local guests — has electronic, Chamber music and orchestral elements, twinkling Indie Rock guitar flourishes and low-sung melodies that sound like a mix of Arcade Fire and Bauhaus, all spliced together and floated over hypnotic, unpredictable structuring.  On their old Facebook page, the band’s bio says the Formerly Ghosts sound “cannot be contained in dead words and demonstrative narratives attempting to describe something like a sound, a person, or a band.” A lot of artists say similar things and are usually full of shit. Formerly Ghosts are not. (Here is the band's current/active FB page.) Here is "Predisposed." Click here to hear more from Formerly Ghosts.  Dead in Ohio by Formerly Ghosts
 
 

Lonesome Shack

July 24 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, July 22, 2013
 Lonesome Shack is a Scruff Blues band out of Seattle that keeps it real and unpretentious. Consisting of founder Ben Todd on guitar, Kristian Garrard on drums and Luke Bergman on bass, the trio goes out of its way to sound as “un-modern” as possible.    

Theory of a Deadman

July 24 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, July 22, 2013
If you listen to any of the Rock stations in town, you know Theory of a Deadman. They're the guys behind "Bad Girlfriend" (the video for which is great … and NSFW). They also did the oh-so-catchy "Lowlife."  

Stick Men

July 30 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Monday, July 22, 2013
Stick Men is an all-star group of musicians that made their mark in the Prog Rock and Fusion music worlds. The band includes Tony Levin on bass, Pat Mastelotto on drums and Markus Reuter on guitar. But all is not as it seems.   

A Nice Pair

Cincinnati’s Mark Utley simultaneously drops the fourth Magnolia Mountain album and his solo debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Cincinnati Americana ensemble Magnolia Mountain has always exhibited a broad sonic diversity, moving easily from Country to Folk to to twangy Rock. Frontman Mark Utley has decided to use his solo debut as a repository for the more Country aspects of his writing spectrum, leaving the heavier, bluesier, funkier tracks for Magnolia Mountain.  

Morris Day and The Time

July 27 • Paul Brown Stadium

0 Comments · Monday, July 22, 2013
The Time's blend of Funk, Pop and Rock was a huge influence on the rising Hip Hop generation and remains relevant today, evidenced by the fact that three decades later, the question, "What time is it?" elicits the same fevered response: "Time for Morris Day!"   

Mad Anthony Gets Mad Love

Greater Cincy's music community unites to help injured rockers and The Sundresses become a foursome

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Following a serious van accident, local music supporters team up to help rockers Mad Anthony via two benefit concerts. Plus, The Sundresses debut as a quartet Friday on Fountain Square for the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert with Wussy and Queen City Radio.  

Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

July 17 • Thompson House

0 Comments · Monday, July 15, 2013
Crimmins and The Hookers' well considered balance between authenticity and originality has translated to capacity club audiences and sweaty dance floors all over Atlanta (and every point on the compass beyond) and they're always looking for fresh converts.   

Keith Urban

July 18 • Riverbend Music Center

3 Comments · Monday, July 15, 2013
Urban's newest single, “Little Bit of Everything,” is a blend of banjo, a few guitar-rifts and some random record scratching. In general, his new music is somehow more Country, despite not sounding like anything Country has been before.  

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