Local Exposure

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.

moonbeau.bandcamp.com

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.

madanthology.com

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.

peoplesliberty.org

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.

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