Jim Nolan

Interactive Communications Manager, Host of Local Exposure

Jim is a Northern Kentucky native and a father of three. In his spare time, Jim likes to read, play ice hockey and watch foreign films. He currently resides with his family on the East side of town.

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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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Arts
3:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Serendipity and Street Art with Margy Waller

Serendipity abounds with Cincinnati's Art on the Streets
facebook.com/ArtsCincy

I'm really quite jealous of Margy Waller's job title which is Serendipity Director at Art on the Streets. Waller is a long-time arts advocate for Cincinnati, and though the idea of 'directing serendipity' seems like an oxymoron, she handles the task quite skillfully.

Art on the Streets brings together visual artists as well as dancers, street musicians and other like-minded creative people to produce magnificent, spontaneous bursts of creativity and engagement in the city.

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