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Broncho with Kopecky, Coconut Milk and Near Earth Objects

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Over the past five years, Broncho has ridden its love of ’70s Punk and ’80s Indie Rock to a press kit full of praise and the kind of fairly high-profile song placements that couldn’t help but broaden its loyal fan base.  

Sonic Summer

Cincinnati's summer music festival game continues to get stronger with every passing year

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
If it’s summertime in Greater Cincinnati and you’re a fan of music, chances are there is a music festival nearby to fit your tastes.  

Local Music at Bunbury

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Bunbury Music Festival (taking place along the riverfront’s Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman’s Cove) has some great Cincinnati acts scattered throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, each well worth adding to your itinerary.   

Bunbury Music Festival Must-Sees

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
This year’s Bunbury Music Festival, the first since it was acquired by Columbus, Ohio’s PromoWest Productions, features an ambitious and diverse lineup.   
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Review: Marina and the Diamonds at Bogart's

There were diamonds everywhere at Bogart’s this past Friday (May 29), about 1,500 of them. Marina and the Diamonds is not a band, but the artistic umbrella for Welsh singer/songwriter Marina Diamandis. She says she created the solo-guise “band” moniker because she didn’t want to be seen as a solo Pop star, and wanted to “involve people” with a name that didn't make anyone feel excluded. So, you see, we are all diamonds. Most of the diamonds at her Cincinnati show were teenage to college-age girls with a smattering of parents in tow. Many had travelled a few hours to see their hero. It was a sadly homogenous audience, given the scope and talent of Diamandis and her three-album catalog, but an enthusiastic lot nonetheless.Her set started with “Bubblegum Bitch,” the power cut from her second album Electra Heart, and from there the party never stopped. The latest single, “Forget,” followed before she and her touring backing band launched into “Mowgli’s Road.” After that trio of songs, Diamandis chatted with the crowd telling them how happy she was to finally make it to Cincinnati. Though she was preaching to the converted, Diamandis proved to be no-less charming and engaging.“I am Not a Robot,” a U.K. Top 40 hit from 2010, followed and, as with the entire set, Diamandis’ voice soared effortlessly as she glided across the stage. About half way through, an additional keyboard was brought on stage. Diamandis proceeded to take a seat at it and play “Happy,” whilst her backing Diamonds looked on. It was a nice respite before the title track from her current album, Froot.While every song received a loud cheer, it was the two biggest hits that really got the diamonds in attendance particularly fired up. “Hollywood” (a No. 12 hit in the U.K.) was her breakthrough single in the in 2010 and is based on her observations of the U.S. “I’m obsessed with the mess that’s America,” she sings, though it’s not meant to be a criticism. (“It was written way before I got signed," she told me in an interview a few years ago. "It's funny because I wouldn't describe my relationship with America as love or hate. Anything that has an element of illusion naturally fascinates people. I absolutely love America.”) Live, the song was keyboarded-up nicely, though the album version echoes the synth sound of the ’80s effectively. Her guitar player strummed an acoustic guitar, providing a nice counterbalance.“Primadonna,” her other big single came next, and it too had a brighter and livelier sound on stage, sounding a little like an EDM track in spots, but not too heavily. Sadly, “Teen Idle,” a stand-out track from Electra Heart was left off the set list. “How to be a Heartbreaker,” finished the encore-less set, but the crowd seemed quite satisfied with the performance as Marina bade farewell to her diamonds to thunderous applause. Oddly, professional photographers were not allowed to take pictures of Diamandis (as is customary for just about any concert review), something that wasn’t revealed until just before the doors opened. It is unclear who made that decision. (Primadonna indeed?)
 
 

Music: Ralph Stanley

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Ralph and his brother Carter made American Roots music history in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as The Stanley Brothers. Cincinnati will forever be a part of The Stanley Brothers’ history, as the si  

Free Downtown, Over-the-Rhine Music Series Heat Up

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Although summertime doesn’t officially begin until June 21, the popular free music series at downtown’s Fountain Square and Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park are officially in full swing starting this week.   

Butch Walker with Jonathan Tyler and The Dove and the Wolf

Saturday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
No one can accuse Butch Walker of not living up to his potential.  

Ralph Stanley with Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

Friday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A little over a year ago, 88-year-old Bluegrass Hall of Famer Ralph Stanley called me as he was mourning the loss of his long-time guitarist George Shuffler. Ralph and his brother Carter made American Roots music history in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as The Stanley Brothers.  

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