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The Arts Are Alive!

Dare to experience a bounty of art offerings in Cincinnati — and beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
This fall features countless exciting opportunities to support the arts around the city (and beyond) in the fields of visual arts, dance, vocal arts and classical music, theater and film. We encourage you to break out of your typical routine this season, and this Fall Arts Preview is stocked with plenty of ideas for your calendar.  

Staying True

Grizzly Bear’s rise in popularity hasn’t swayed the group from continuing to make music they love

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Grizzly Bear is the kind of band that sneaks up on you. Its atmospheric, richly textured songs take time to process, its hooks less overt than your typical Indie Rock outfit’s. The band’s four multitalented members are just as understated in personality and presentation, all of which makes Grizzly Bear’s steady upward trajectory somewhat surprising.  

Four Innovative Opera Performances

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Opera is the operative word for June. Cincinnati Opera kicks off its 93rd season with expanded venues, programming and some of the hottest singers on the scene.  

Reflections Eternal

The quintessential Patti Smith discusses Mapplethorpe, her time in Cincinnati and an upcoming Contemporary Arts Center exhibition and concert

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Both Smith and Mapplethorpe found their place, of course, and became famous — she as a quintessential alternative-rocker and he as one of the country’s top fine-art photographers.   

Pleasures Unveiled

Joy Division bassist-turned-author Peter Hook discusses his new biography of the band

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The story has long been set in Rock & Roll lore: Ian Curtis, lead singer for Joy Division, hanged himself the day before the Manchester, England-based band was to embark on its first tour of America.  

The Final Countdown: An Apocalyptic Top 40

6 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Peruse the club listings and ads on Facebook and in the pages of your favorite altweekly and you’ll notice that dance clubs have taken to the apocalyptic theme particularly strongly. If you attend such a shindig, the last music you will ever hear will be some other dude or dudette’s playlist.   

Let's Get Musi-Cool

Nine little things to look for from nine big local music happenings

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
After one of the best summers for music in Cincinnati in a long time, autumn is going to have to offer up a lot of cool musical happenings to avoid season envy. Luckily for those of us who live and love Greater Cincinnati, it appears the momentum of the summer is definitely going to carry over.   

Power of Music Celebrated in ‘Music of Change’

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Music of Change: Hymns, Blues & Rock at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center ultimately succeeds in providing a fascinating journey through the roles black music have played in America’s history, eloquently showing how African-American music has been celebration, protest, spiritual uplift, a means of communication and information sharing … sometimes all at once.  

Grammy Winner Recounts Depression, Anxiety in New Memoir

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 26, 2012
“May we all find salvation in professions that heal.” When Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin penned these lyrics in 1987, few knew that she was hinting at some long-held, “dirty secrets,” problems that went back to the singer’s teenage years and, indeed, would require “salvation,” specifically the help of psychiatrists and therapists and anti-depressants. Colvin’s new memoir, Diamond In The Rough, describes that journey in an endlessly fascinating, often-harrowing recollection of one woman’s arduous musical odyssey.  

Up from Under the Sun

Orderly California quartet The Donkeys examine their past and present

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Based on sound alone, The Donkeys come off as pretty mature. The San Diego band plays a tender, starlit kind of Rock with a folky side that isn’t too sleepy, an AltCountry side that isn’t too twangy, a Blues side that isn’t too reverb-heavy and a Psych Rock side that isn’t too psychedelic.   

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