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Hello, Newman

Brian Newman divides his talent between playing with his own Jazz combo and backing old friend Lady Gaga

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2016
There aren’t many career paths that include studying at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and working for a boss in a meat dress.  

Ready, Set, Go Go

Cincinnati rockers Go Go Buffalo made waves in 2015 with a heavy, eclectic and eccentric sound and live show

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
With a progressive and heavy sound, Cincinnati-based foursome Go Go Buffalo made waves in 2015 by bringing its dynamic, somewhat psychedelic sound to many different audiences.   
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Slice of Cincinnati: Sabbath Records

Guitarist Coleman Williams can barely see through his overgrown hair as he leans over a 12-string guitar while he strums out “You Knew This Was Coming” for local electronic act Dark Colour’s upcoming Animal EP. The song is the last to be complete after two days of recording in Over-the-Rhine’s Sabbath Recording. Williams lays down the finishing touches. Although he can’t seem to play the chords right on his first try while the sound engineer, Isaac Karns of the Pomegranates, records him, the chords suddenly come flawlessly from Williams’ fingertips as he practices before the next take. “Cole is like an endangered species,” Karns says. “He plays this amazing stuff when you’re not recording and then you’re like, ‘No! Do it again!’ ”For Sabbath Recording, late-night music means polishing tunes with intricate details that dramatically transform songs, such as the 12-string guitar that helped turn the aggressive, almost chaotic “You Knew This Was Coming” into a more Poppy dance track reminiscent of Depeche Mode. Jacob Merritt, also of the Pomegranates, came up with the idea for Sabbath when he discovered a love for recording while in college about 10 years ago. Though his interest in recording was put on hold while the band took off, Merritt began investing in instruments and gear for a studio and started hunting for the perfect space when things began to wind down. Merritt and Karns hope that any artist who walks through their doors leaves with a more defined or reinvigorated purpose for their music. The idea is for the artists to feel refreshed and energized about who they are and what they are doing. “If you work from that place, I think the other things are likely to fall into place sonically or musically,” Karns says. Merritt says he tries to make artists very comfortable and eliminate any awkwardness from working with someone new. At Sabbath, the day always begins with time to ask questions, read from a thought-provoking book and have meaningful conversation meant to open the artists up. “Bands consistently comment on how much more connected they feel with their bandmates,” Merritt says. “If you aren't communicating as best you can, you might be missing out on your best creative work. I really love seeing musicians grow as songwriters and thinkers during their time at the studio.” The goals of Sabbath Recording are just like the name suggests — it is a place where artists can take time to rest, disconnecting from the stresses of everyday life in order to focus on something they enjoy. To symbolize this, artists leave their shoes at the door as they walk into the studio designed to be a place of healing. “Before starting, I always ask the artist if they love the songs, or their voice, or instrument or whatever we will be working on that day and have them respond,” Karns says. “It's small, but sometimes just saying aloud, ‘Yes, I love my voice,’ can be a great way to internally prepare for the day.” The intimate, uplifting recording sessions are what make Sabbath unique among other studios and opportunities for musicians in Cincinnati. The team’s dedication to giving every artist the best experience possible is evident in even the small things they do, from strategically structuring sessions to keeping the studio stocked with drinks and a snack pile so artists don’t have to leave in search of nourishment. “Jacob and Isaac put their hand in the creative direction of the music because they feel so involved with the projects they bring in there,” says Dark Colour vocalist Randall Rigdon. “Their connection with the artists set them apart from other studios, where engineers can tend to act more exclusively as technicians.” In the two years that the studio has been open, artists from all over the country have checked in. Merritt says they are open to working with anyone — and taking the time before and during sessions to really understand who they are working with. While Karns is currently putting the finishing touches on Dark Colour’s Animal, which will be released with the Montreal-based label Kitabu Records this spring, he is also excited to finish up the quirky, trippy lounge-Punk debut album from S.R Woodward. Karns is also developing a narrative-driven, collaborative experimental podcast project. The team’s former bandmate from the Pomegranates Joey Cook will also check into Sabbath to work on his fever-dream-Psych-Disco record, which Merritt says “will be an odyssey.” Inquiries: sabbathrecording@gmail.com

Music: Best New Bands Showcase

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The 7 p.m. show features New Artist of the Year nominees Go Go Buffalo, Dawg Yawp, Coconut Milk, JSPH and The Skulx.  

Music: Saintseneca

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
After listening to Led Zeppelin, a teenaged Zac Little came to the conclusion that if banging on four instruments was interesting, three times that many would be exponentially incredible.   

Who Let the Dawgs In?

Dawg Yawp might be one of the most original and intricately considered bands in Cincinnati’s musical history

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Although Dawg Yawp’s Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination for New Artist of Year accurately reflects its freshly minted band status, nearly everything else about Rob Keenan and Tyler Randall dates back several years.  

The Milk of Human Coconuts

Coconut Milk joins the Cincinnati pantheon of Indie Rock greatness with its first two EPs

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
At 6 feet 6 inches tall, frontman Alex Baker is an imposing stage presence, but he exhibits the same quiet reserve in conversation as he does when he’s presenting his exuberantly melancholy Indie Pop songs in the live context.  

Letting the Magic Happen

Following his Come On Caboose solo project, singer/songwriter Coran Stetter embraces the band life with Multimagic

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Calling music “infectious” is a music-critic cliché of the highest order. But when watching Cincinnati Indie Pop band Multimagic perform at last year’s big Bunbury Music Festival, there was no other word to accurately describe the band’s effect.   

JSPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcareer

JSPH envisions old-school Soul through a 21st-century filter on powerful 2015 EPs Rest and Rule

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Joseph Nevels has followed a tangled Google map of life paths in his brief existence. But through all those disparate experiences, Nevels never abandoned music.  

Bang Your Skulx

The Skulx tap into the primal essence of Rock on self-titled debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
When Cincinnati rockers Foxy Shazam went on an extended and possibly permanent hiatus late in 2014, trumpeter Alex Nauth considered his next steps. His higher gear became the seminal launch of The Skulx, his first post-Foxy project.