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Adam Petersen who started A Delicate Motor as a solo project has now expanded his range, his repertoire and his band to include 6 people in the creation of their latest album “Fellover My Own.”

Glen Phillips, most easily recognized as the lead singer of Toad The Wet Sprocket comes to the Ludlow Garage on Friday, May 11 for a solo performance. His visit provides me a great opportunity to reprise my conversation with him from March, 2017.

A. M. Nice: End of an Era

Apr 25, 2018

Adam Nice, along with George Marshall Jenkins and Nick Hill are keeping the sound of the 90s alive with their band A. M. Nice - and their new album End of an Era.

I got to speak with Adam about the band’s history, their recent tour, their label - Phratry Records, and about the collaborative effort involved in the record-making process.

The album release party for End of an Era is Friday, May 4 at Southgate House Revival.

Comprador: Downstream

Apr 19, 2018

Comprador returns with their second full-length release - a massive 19-track double album called Downstream that full of insightful and explosive music. The band also has an all-new lineup that includes Jon Delvaux, Brianna Kelly & Corey Waddell joining primary songwriter Charlie D'Ardenne. 

2018 No Response Festival

Apr 16, 2018
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The No Response Festival returns to The Woodward Theater for two nights of avant-garde experimental music. Co-founders John Rich and John Lorenz provide more information about the festival and other art performance events, including a screening from the Mini Microcinema and an in-store performance at Torn Light Records.

Take a look at the videos local artists have submitted for NPR Music's 2018 Tiny Desk Contest and tell us who your favorite is. We will announce the local winner on Thursday, May 3.

 

We are proud to present the local acts that have participated in this year's Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music.

These videos and their music continue to represent a wide variety of styles and genres and showcase the diversity and talent of our region. Please take a look at the videos below (listed alphabetically by artist) and, if you like what you see and hear, vote for them as your favorite. The local winner will be announced May 3.

Blossom Hall: Parasols

Mar 21, 2018

Nancy Paraskevopoulos, Phil Cotter and Charlie Schefft form the Garage Pop trio that is Blossom Hall. Thier music has been described as "a blend of 90s alternative rock and 60s vocal harmony."

Phil and Nancy stopped by the studios to perform a couple of new songs and to talk about the band, songwriting, their new EP and their next big project.

Though he came to the band in February 1983 - 9 years after they formed, Richie Ramone has a legitimate claim to the throne of punk rock royalty.

Zapruder Point is the musical project of Dan Phillips, who recently moved to Cincinnati from Chicago. His 5-song EP Stars + Specks is a testament to his experience as a new father as well as "songs of unsentimental nostalgia, expectation and loss, and the comforts and inevitable contusions of living in the world."

2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 23, 2018

  • Are you a person who makes music?
  • Ever wanted to perform behind NPR's Tiny Desk?
  • Here’s your chance to show us what you’ve got.

Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest and you can play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.; Tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.; and appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another.

Soften: Seen + Unseen

Dec 12, 2017

Since I saw them perform live at our Tiny Desk Showcase in July, I have been eager to sit down with the members of Soften to talk about their music. In speaking with them, I was pleased to find very talented musicians who, not only play very well together, but who genuinely seem to care about and for each other.

Pike 27: The Long Fight

Nov 28, 2017

In 2001, Northern KY’s Pike 27 released their first album “Falling Down Hard” which gathered a lot of attention for the then fledgling local band. Then, in 2014 “Calling Out,” with its catchy pop melodies and infectious rhythms, solidified their reputation as one of the best live acts in the area.

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Moonbeau, a band that started out as a synth-pop solo project by Christian Gough of The Yugos has quickly grown into one of the most popular bands in town. Recently joined by Alex Murphy-White on drums and Claire Muenchen on keyboards, Moonbeau has expanded their throwback pop sound and, in doing so, has expanded their audience exponentially.

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I don’t think it is hyperbole to say that Mad Anthony is the hardest working band in Greater Cincinnati. When you combine a regular schedule of touring - both in the US and internationally - with a massive recording project that involves releasing one song every week for a year -- plus elaborate video production - the three members of this band give their heart and soul into producing some great hard-hitting music.

Root Cellar Xtract is a country-rock band deeply connected with the Laurel Canyon, California sound of the 1970’s that produced such bands as Buffalo Springfield, Little Feat, Poco, The Eagles and Pure Prairie League.

Wonder Lust is the third album by local band New Sincerity Works and, though it feels like it might be the conclusion of a trilogy, lead singer Mike Tittel tells me how that’s not quite the case.

We’ll talk about the new album, the all-star band that created it, the beautiful cover art and the album release party that’s coming up. And we’ll also discuss the super cool El Camino that appears in the band’s new video.

Ladyfest Cincinnati is a multi-faceted festival promoting womxn involved in arts and activism. Working in partnership with various local organizations, the festival is focused on musical and multi-media performances, visual art, educational workshops, community building and empowerment. Their mission is to provide a safe space for personal expression in a dynamic array of forms.

He's a Cincinnati native and one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of this era. 

He's got a new CD (Open Book) and memoir (Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz), and will be back in his hometown for the upcoming Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival on October 28. Fred Hersch joins our Ron Esposito to talk about his life, his health and his music.

NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 22, 2017

NPR Music has again opened the invitation to musicians and artists all across the country to submit their entires for their Tiny Desk Contest, and again, the Greater Cincinnati area has been very well-represented.

Welcome to Night Vale is very popular podcast, produced by Joseph Fink and co-written by Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, done in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale. The wildly-popular program has spawned many web sites and online communities, as well as a novel, published in 2015.

Now, the creators and cast of Night Vale are bringing a live production entitled Ghost Stories to the Taft Theatre on Sunday, April 10th.

New Beginnings

Oct 15, 2015

On this episode of Local Exposure, we discuss New Beginnings.

Introduction: A re-evaluation of the 'P-Word'

Part 1: Meet Belinda Cai, the newest contributor to Local Exposure

Part 2: Get a preview of the Cincinnati Cyclones 2015-2016 season  from Kristin Ropp, VP and GM for the Cyclones and US Bank Arena.

Part 3: Belinda speaks with Rachelle Caplan, the head organizer of LadyFest Cincinnati and talks about the schedule of events. Belinda also wrote an article about LadyFest for this week's CityBeat.

As is so often the case with many bands, the roots of Jack Burton Overdrive can be found in the long-lasting friendship between founding members Jack Rininger and Nick Barrows [JetLab]. Jack and Nick have been writing and playing music together for decades and, in 2006, decided to embark on an exploration of popular music played on the concertina and the ukulele. These experiments resulted in a loveably quirky and endearing bohemian-style of front-porch music making.

Cincinnati’s Phratry Records has just completed work on a split 12” from local bands Knife the Symphony and Smoke Signals… and everything about this package deserves attention.

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MusicLi, an online music licensing service that focuses on local and regional music, will officially launch during the 2015 MidPoint Music Festival.

Local musician Brad Schnittger began MusicLi with help from a grant from People's Liberty and has partnered with producer Dave Davis to build a library of local talent and to make it available for public licensing.

LX Sessions: Cracker

Aug 16, 2015

David Lowery and Johnny Hickman from the band Cracker, now celebrating their 25th year, stopped by the WVXU studios to talk about the band, its longevity, the music industry and to play a few songs prior to their show at The Southgate House Revival.

Leggy: Nice Try

May 1, 2015

Those who live by the adage that "Less is More" probably haven't been properly introduced to the album Nice Try - the second release by Cincinnati's Leggy.

Leggy is a 3-piece band consisting of Chris Campbell [drums], Kerstin Bladh [bass] and Véronique Allaer [guitar], whose sound is the musical equivalent of peach schnapps - equally sweet and dangerous. 

The writer Mark Dery first coined the term ‘Afrofuturistic’ in his 1994 essay “Black to the Future” to describe a new cultural phenomenon but what exactly is Afrofuturism? 

Michael Gonzales of Ebony Magazine calls Afrofuturism “a cultural catchphrase to describe the world of tomorrow today in music, art, theater, politics and academics,” but the more I tried to further define the term, the more I discovered that Afrofuturistim is a concept that, by definition, defies definition.

Bulletville: Bulletville

Jan 20, 2015
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Photo by Angie Lipscomb

There's a video going around lately, created by Nashville songwriter Greg Todd, in which six current hit county music songs are all played simultaneously. If you watch the video, what you quickly realize is how shockingly and painfully similar each of the songs are.  

One could easily argue the case that the majority of current popular music is equally formulaic, regardless of genre, and that given most of the songs you might find in today's "Top 40," it is the producer, not the artist, who is the driving force behind the industry. Look at the work of Max Martin or Calvin Harris and you'll see title after title performed by various, insipid Johnny Bravos who worked the assembly line, played the game and achieved their fifteen minutes.

Knowing this makes me want to scream "Thank goodness!" that there are still true musical craftspeople out there like Mark Utley

Pike 27: Calling Out

Jan 6, 2015
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Every once in a while, you find a group that sounds less like a band and more like a few good friends getting together to have a good time. Such is the case with Mike Fair (guitar), Dave Killen (drums), Dave Purcell (guitar, vocals) and Sean Rhiney (bass) who collectively call themselves Pike 27.

The band's name is an obvious reference to Alexandria Pike - Northern KY's Route 27 - that winds through Cold Spring and Ft. Thomas...and finally exhausts itself somewhere outside Paris, KY. However, Pike 27's true roots can be found about 500 miles south of there in Athens, GA -- 583 miles to be precise, if you detour through Nashville, as this band has certainly done.

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