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Angel Olsen

Aug. 25 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Olsen’s full-length debut, Half Way Home, is an impressive showcase for her evocative, gothic-tinged Folk songs, which bring to mind a female Roy Orbison doing Moon Pix-era Cat Power covers.    

The Beat Goes on in Different Directions

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
From Bach and contemporary composer Missy Mazzoli to rarely performed operas and superstar vocal and instrumental soloists, Cincinnati's fall arts season underscores the creative shifts in musical programming. It’s not easy to choose highlights from an abundance of great offerings, but here’s one per month.  

Joe Pug

Aug. 25 • Whispering Beard Folk Festival

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 20, 2013
It’s heartwarming that, in an age when new musicians jumpstart their careers via hokey TV talent shows and gimmicky YouTube videos, Folk/Americana singer/songwriter Joe Pug has chosen a different way.  

Adam Ant

Aug. 24 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The flamboyant frontman’s current tour is in support of his first new album in 18 years, the verbosely titled Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter, an often unexpectedly lo-fi effort that nonetheless features plenty of Ant’s carnally charged, fetish-indulging lyrics.  

Aesop Rock

Feb. 20 Thompson House

0 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
Aesop’s Indie style is reminiscent of early Beck while his rumbling vocal rasp and brilliant sense of wordplay leans in the direction of Mike Doughty, not to mention the MC’s numerous Hip Hop heroes.  

Reading, Writing, Rocking

Cincinnati’s Mardou builds steam with exhilarating Post Punk sound

3 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Mardou is a young Cincinnati band that’s made a name for itself as an energetic Post Punk quartet. Having played their first show May of 2012, the members of Mardou have released their debut offering of four songs, known as Cardigan EP.   

Jake Owen

Aug. 15 • Riverbend

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Owen’s rise to fame was quick, going from barroom entertainment to a signed artist in no time. And he has Kenny Chesney to thank.   

Heavy Glow

Aug. 19 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The members of Psych/Soul/Rock trio Heavy Glow may be getting their mail at a Californian address these days, but guitarist/vocalist Jared Mullins hails from the North Coast and his trippy Hard Rock/Blues/Memphis Soul sensibilities are filtered through his Cleveland, Ohio, roots and experiences.   

Diarrhea Planet

Aug. 14 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 13, 2013
 Although it sounds like potentially the worst show on the National Geographic channel, Diarrhea Planet is actually the irrefutable evidence that Nashville, Tenn.’s music scene is defined by much more than big hats and open mics at the Bluebird Cafe.    
by Brian Penick 08.12.2013
 
 
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Guest Blog: Musicians’ Desk Reference Content Completed

Interactive musicians' guide eBook moves towards beta-testing phase

Editor's Note: Brian Penick of local music promotions company The Counter Rhythm Group is guest blogging for CityBeat monthly to provide a behind-the-scenes look at his journey to release his interactive industry guidebook, Musicians’ Desk Reference. Click here for his previous blog entries.Aaaaaaaaaaand we are done! Well, kind of …After nearly two years of content creation, testing, editing, restructuring and discussion, I am very proud to announce that the content for Musicians’ Desk Reference is finally complete! There is still much work to be done ahead of the release — completion of web development, beta testing, marketing, promotions and more — but we are at least moving ahead, right on schedule. It sounds cliché, but it is amazing to take a step back and realize how far this project has really come, in addition to considering how much it has forced me to grow as an individual. It all started with an idea that I simply could not let go of, despite my initial thoughts that The Counter Rhythm Group just could not handle taking on a project of this (theoretical) scale. I tried working around this notion from every angle, discussing it with an array of employees that have helped in our growth, and at the end of each reflection period I knew that we had to still move forward with the idea, any way we could.Those that know me know that I am a planner. I like making lists — and especially checking things off of that list. I try to find structure in everything when at all possible, and more often than not I find myself asking, “Why?” I have no idea where this mentality came from and my immediate family has reaffirmed that statement over the course of the last few months. It is this mentality, combined with my passion for helping musicians that has provided the fuel for this journey.I am so excited to share this vision with the world. While it sounds cheesy, I can promise you that every page has my heart and soul poured into it, and that it has been painstakingly been picked apart by myself and a dedicated group of contributors. We are truly aiming to provide the best information possible to be used for many generations to come. I have stated before in these blogs that this is by far the most involved I have ever been in a project — I never considered leaving a legacy, but I am starting to think that this could be it.So what does this mean for the user? I can say with confidence that there is way more to this project than I ever could have imagined, and the fact that it still consistently “wows” me should be a testament to those who have been patiently waiting for the final product over the past several months. While the eBook is completely customizable to each individual and scenario, I can honestly say (to those who are interested) to get ready to spend some time reading and considering the subject matter. We have meticulously worked to build the documentation so that it touches base on certain generalities and specifics, offering clarity and understanding on the matter without requiring several days’ worth of reading. I am not a big fan of lengthy reading materials and our generation tends to be intimidated by large batches of text — the sole reason we have invested so much time and resources into a digital platform. To state it conservatively, it will take an artist some time to work through the entire project, which is meant to serve the user through several areas of their career as they develop and grow.We are so close to being able to put Musicians’ Desk Reference in your hands that I honestly have a hard time sleeping at night. Looking ahead, we will be receiving a beta version of the eBook within the next week and we have many users lined up to participate. If you are interested in being considered for a beta trial, please send an email to contact@musiciansdeskreference.com. September is when things start getting really exciting, as we are pulling out all of the stops for this release. Without going into too much detail, I can say that we will have an established presence at the Midpoint Music Festival this year, and that this will be the first time the eBook will be available for purchase (acting as our “soft” release, exclusively to those physically at the festival). Pre-orders will be available in early September and are expected to ship the week after MPMF. This will all build up to our national release in October at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, where we will be also have a significant presence. There are many more things in the works; I promise that it will all be worth the wait.I would like to close by thanking all of those that have shown support throughout this process, to The Counter Rhythm Group and to myself. While this is not the time to name anyone individually (that comes later), I want you all to know how much it means to us. Your continued support will help us through the coming months and we hope you will join us in spreading the word about Musicians’ Desk Reference. We have literally put everything we can into this project, and we are proud to say that we were able to build it while living in this great city, utilizing most outsourced services to companies and individuals located in the Queen City. We want to make a significant impact in the music industry, and I look forward to proudly telling anyone and everyone where it all started — right here in Cincinnati.
 
 

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