by Mike Breen 04.25.2012
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Paste Magazine Gives Ohio Love

Bad Veins, Pomegranates, Walk the Moon among "10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now"

Paste magazine's "50 States Project" series singling out some of the best music in all of the states in America today posted its list of Ohio bands. Three Cincinnati acts — Bad Veins (in at No. 1!), Walk the Moon and Pomegranates — made the cut. Here's the rundown of all the bands chosen in Paste's "10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now." 1. Bad Veins (Cincinnati)2. The Black Swans (Columbus)3. Cloud Nothings (Cleveland)4. The Lighthouse and the Whaler (Cleveland)5. Nick Tolford and Company (Columbus)6. Old Hundred (Columbus)7. Phantods (Columbus)8. Pomegranates (Cincinnati)9. Southeast Engine (Athens)10. Walk the Moon (Cincinnati)Listen to a track from each band and read what Paste has to say about Ohio here.

A Happy Record Store Day in Cincy

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Some readers are probably giddy with excitement over Friday’s holiday (“4/20, dude”), while others are more anticipating 4/21, otherwise known as Record Store Day. (More than a few are probably psyched for both and have blocked out the entire weekend for debauchery and music buying.)    
by Mike Breen 04.13.2012
Posted In: Live Music, Music Video, Music News at 09:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Couch Surfin' Coachella 2012

Huge West Coast music fest to stream live through YouTube

You can get naked and wasted while checking out the music at this weekend's Coachella festival in California and not worry about footage of it being posted on YouTube by — irony alert! — watching the performers live from the festival on YouTube. The webcast kicks off today (in about six hours) through the Coachella channel on YouTube. First up is the reformed British band James; other shows being simulcast today include Neon Indian, Jimmy Cliff and Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Dawes (playing Taft Theatre June 6), Madness, Frank Ocean, Pulp, The Black Keys, Mazzy Star, Refused, Amon Tobin and M83. Broadcast highlights tomorrow include the sets of  tUnE-yArDs (performing at the CAC later this spring), Bad Veins tourmates We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Buzzcocks, Walk the Moon tourmates Kaiser Chiefs, Squeeze, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent (at Bogart's May 9), The Shins, Bon Iver and A$AP Rocky. Sunday's YouTube lineup includes Oberhofer and Santigold (both coming to town soon), as well as Fitz and the Tantrums, Black Flag legend Greg Ginn, The Hives, Justice, Beirut, Gotye and Modeselektor.

A Fine ‘Mess’

After a nationally recognized debut, Bad Veins’ new album could bring the world to their door

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Some bands work for years for even the smallest scrap of national attention. For Cincinnati’s Bad Veins, that recognition came just after their second show in 2006 and has hardly abated in the subsequent six years.    

Greater Cincinnati’s South By Southwest Takeover

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2012
If you were to use Cincinnati’s representation at this year’s South By Southwest festival as an indicator of the health of our local music scene at the moment, then Cincinnati music circa 2012 is in top physical condition. Never has Cincinnati had such a presence at America’s premier fan/industry showcase.  
by Mike Breen 02.14.2012
Posted In: Local Music, Music Video, Music News at 05:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Taft 'Ballroom' to Host Bad Veins Release Gig

Just announced venue The Ballroom at the Taft gives Taft Theatre versatility to bring more concerts to Cincy

I may be imagining it (the eternal optimist that I am), but it seems like ever since the Southgate House locked its doors at the end of 2011, many in the local booking world stepped up their game instantly. Though it's only been just over a month, it certainly doesn't feel as if the Greater Cincinnati concert market has been gutted by the loss of that one great club. And with several spots slated to open later this year (new venues from the brains behind the Southgate and Mad Hatter, plus whatever happens to the actual Southgate House building), it only looks to be getting better. More good news on that front came out at the start of this week. On Feb. 10, an unexpected, big-time venue entered the mix — or rather, increased its presence in it. Downtown’s gorgeous Taft Theatre already this year announced some concerts by more “mid-level” groups like Trampled By Turtles and JJ Grey & Mofro, cult faves and Southgate alumni. Now, the Taft and promoter Music & Events Management Inc. are opening a new venue-within-a-venue that will allow the Taft to book artists who have outgrown small clubs but aren't quite ready for the big room. The Ballroom at the Taft — located in the theater’s lower level — was designed to be, according to the press release, “a showcase style club venue that will play host to a variety of live entertainment events spanning all types of styles and genres.”

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Taft Theatre Announces New 'Ballroom'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Since remodeling and reopening last year, downtown’s Taft Theatre already was programming a more adventurous concert lineup than usual. This year, the venue has already announced shows by more “mid-level” groups like Trampled By Turtles and JJ Grey & Mofro, both cult faves and Southgate alumni.  
by Jac Kern 02.09.2012
Posted In: Culture, Concerts, Events, Fashion, Fun, Shopping, Northside, Music at 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Very Vintage Valentine Fashion

Chicken Lays an Egg hosts a runway show and dance party at Northside Tavern Saturday

Northside's Chicken Lays an Egg, a gem in Cincinnati's growing collection of excellent vintage shops, hosts a Valentine fashion show featuring their retro-fab clothing, shoes and accessories Saturday at Northside Tavern.NST's back room will transform into a runway where you'll watch some local hottie patotties strut their stuff with hair designs by Northside Chop Shop. Kenneth Wright will DJ the show and ongoing dance party.Spot someone with the best moves you've ever seen? Send them a message via the valentine post office, and pose for pictures in a fabulous Flashbox photo booth. It all starts at 9 p.m., with the fashion show at 10 p.m.Afterward, party with Bad Veins, who perform at 11 p.m. The duo's album The Mess We've Made drops April 24. Get a peek at Chicken's fashion in Bad Veins' new video for "Dancing on TV." Some of the ensembles in the Soul Train-esque shots were provided by the boutique!

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2011 MidPoint Indie Summer Series Announces Acts

Headliners include Maps & Atlases, Ted Leo, Bad Veins, Margot and the Nuclear So & So's and The Greenhornes

0 Comments · Thursday, May 5, 2011
The MidPoint Indie Summer Series returns to Fountain Square on Friday evenings through Sept. 2. For the third consecutive year, MidPoint presents national, regional and local acts for free on downtown's main public square. Headliners include Maps & Atlases (June 17), Pomegranates (July 1), Big Freedia (July 8), Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (July 29), Bad Veins (Aug. 19), Margot and the Nuclear So & So's (Aug. 26) and The Greenhornes (Sept. 3).