Local Exposure

Local Exposure (LX) is WVXU’s on-location Arts, Events and Culture program that seeks out the known and not-so-well known niches that make Greater Cincinnati such a unique place to visit, live and shop.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

State Song: Sleepcrawling

Cincinnati's Phratry Records has a reputation for teaming up with artists who embrace the seedier side of music.  Many of the bands on their label [AmplineMala in Se, Knife the Symphony, Smoke Signals..., Swear Jar, etc.] engage in highly-aggressive, effects-and-noise driven music that some critics pigeonhole as 'post-punk.'

Listeners unfamiliar with the band State Song will probably be surprised to find that this band shares the same label.  However, even those who are familiar with State Song will be floored when they get their first taste of Sleepcrawling.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Valley of the Sun: Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk

Valley of the Sun - 'Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk' is available from Fuzzorama Records.
reverbnation.com/valleyofthesun

If you enjoy earth-shattering rhythms, dark and soulful melodies and heavy blues-metal with a bit of Seattle grunge tossed in for flavor, then I strongly recommend that you check out Cincinnati's Valley of the Sun and their album Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk, from Fuzzorama Records.

Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk is the first full-length release from the band and follows on the heels of two very successful EPs, 2010 and The Sayings of the Seers. Talons picks up right where Sayings of the Seers left off with epic-length pieces rife with driving riffs and adroit changes in both tone and rhythm that display great talent and attention to composition and dynamics.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Black Planet: Female Hysteria

Black Planet: Dylan McCartney, Jerri Queen, Izzie Kitten and Elsa Lee

Like a bad-for-you woman, sporting tattoos and an eyebrow-piercing, the kind that you might spy across the bar - it was love at first sight for me and Black Planet.  In truth, there is very little about Black Planet and their 5-song EP Female Hysteria that is not completely adorable and endearing.

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Florence, KY
4:20 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Get a Taste of the Bluegrass State at Friendly Market

Jack Berberich, owner of Friendly Market

From locally-produced fruits, vegetables and grass-fed beef to candles and soap crafted by regional artisans, Friendly Market in Florence, KY has a wide variety of items to satiate the palate of any locavore.

Jack Berberich, owner of Friendly Market, is a Kentucky native and maintains strong connections with the local agriculture of the commonwealth. Berberich and the other merchants at the market work diligently to make sure that the very best Kentucky has to offer is available in one easy-to-find location.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Anwar Sadat: Gold

Anwar Sadat a their Gold LP release show
Bryan Volz (facebook.com/bryanvolz)

Anyone who has ever seen a live show at The Comet in Northside knows what a close, tightly-packed and intimate audience the venue often generates.  That is where I received my introduction to Lousiville's Anwar Sadat.  As the band set up their drum kit and amplifiers that were almost as tall as I am, I knew that I was in for a show that would fill the room with sound. The band was brought to town at the invitation of Cincinnati's Gazer, who also invited their friends Mardou to join the bill.  What resulted was an entire evening of magnificently loud and powerful music.

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