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NOW … and Forever?

Bryce Dessner doubles down on his dedication to 7-year-old festival

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
MusicNOW is aptly named. Founded and still nurtured by local native Bryce Dessner, the festival has consistently delivered an eclectic mix of “contemporary music” since springing to life in 2006.  

MusicNOW (Day 2)

May 14 • Memorial Hall

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Though less thematic than Friday’s MusicNOW roster, Saturday’s lineup features an equally fascinating collection of artists covering even more musical ground. Owen Pallett is a Canadian musician better known as — yet another “one-person-band”! — Final Fantasy, the name he used for his first three solo albums. The classically-trained violinist’s music earned him a solid following, particularly in his homeland, and has drawn comparisons to Andrew Bird, Scott Walker and The Divine Comedy.  

MusicNOW (Day 1)

May 13 • Memorial Hall

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The MusicNOW festival has earned a reputation for being a fest unlike the rest thanks to The National guitarist Bryce Dessner’s ability to lure kindred artistic spirits to his annual hometown showcase of progressive Indie music. MusicNOW participants have been explorers of the avant-garde edge of Neo Chamber, Experimental, Indie music and many points prior, between and beyond, ranging from esoteric underground artists to niche specialists to some of the more popular names in the Indie universe.  

The National Come Home for MusicNOW

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2011
In 2006, Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner of The National launched the MusicNOW festival, bringing unique and creative artists and Indie music heavyweights to his hometown for a unique and subsequently much-anticipated springtime event. With a global profile as high as it's ever been, The National will headline MusicNOW 2011's final night May 15.  

The National: High Violet

[4AD Records]

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
After the almost excruciating emotional impact of 'Boxer,' The National's 2007 breakthrough hit, the stakes for its follow-up couldn't be higher if they were bundled with a science experiment bound for the next shuttle flight to the International Space Station. With 'High Violet,' though, the ex-Cincinnatians have proven more than their maturity, musicality and stamina — they've produced a work of lasting impact.  

The National, Hoodoo Gurus, Kris Kristofferson, Sage Francis, Otis Taylor and Marco Benevento

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
Before I push on to this week's album reviews, I feel compelled to add my condolences to the many thousands being offered in the wake of Ronnie James Dio's passing. As a teenager discovering FM radio in the '70s, I came across a sound one night that was unlike anything I'd heard before: blazing hard rock guitars, thundering bass, hall-of-the-mountain-king drumming and, rising above it all, that soaring, otherworldly voice. The DJ announced it as a song from the new Elf album, and I had a new favorite band. His later work with Rainbow and the resurrected Black Sabbath cemented Dio's place in music history.  

Rockin' Crayons, Rush vs. Jay-Z and Soundgarden Soundtracks

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We never thought we'd hear the words "Indie Rock" and "coloring book" in the same sentence (then again, we never thought we'd hear the words "Chris Cornell" and "Timbaland" together either, so nothing should really surprise us). But through the mail slot at MiniGauge headquarters recently came 'The Indie Rock Coloring Book,' and we had to bust out our Indie Rock crayons (mostly dull shades of brown and grey) and get to work.  

Dark Night, Lips Locked, Ticket Masters

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The members of Cincinnati-bred/ Brooklyn-based Indie rockers The National did their part to help Barack Obama become president last year with a big concert on Fountain Square, and the band's Bryce Dessner organizes the popular annual Indie/Chamber music MusicNow festival in his hometown each year. The local boys done good have done good again, this time by putting together a major CD compilation featuring some of the biggest names in the Indie world.  

Events: Vote Early, Rock Late with The National

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The National and The Breeders come to Fountain Square to rally support for democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden. Speakers include actress Natalie Portman. The Hamilton County Board of Elections will be open late and concertgoers are encouraged to walk over or take a shuttle to the Elections office to cast their vote. 5-9 p.m. on Fountain Square. Free.