Track Premiere: Lung – “Hypochondriac”
Mar14

Track Premiere: Lung – “Hypochondriac”

We are super excited to premiere the new track, “Hypochondriac,” from the Cincinnati band Lung. Comprised of Kate Wakefield (vocals, electric cello) and Daisy Caplan (drums), this duo will take you by surprise with their fierceness, addictive pulsing undertones and honest indie rock n roll. The band formed in early 2016 but neither Kate or Daisy should be called rookies. Kate has been writing and performing her music for...

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Track Premiere: Smug Brothers – “Hang Up”
Jan31

Track Premiere: Smug Brothers – “Hang Up”

Today we have a special track premiere from Dayton, Ohio veteran band Smug Brothers. The group is coming back at the world on March 31st with their 10th release, Disco Maroon! The 15-track full length once again features their lo-fi roots but definitely branches out from there with plenty of power pop and indie rock nuggets. “Hang Up” is one of those 2-minute numbers from the new album that captures the essence of Disco...

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Premiere Friday Fire Track: Special Teams – “SunFire”
Nov18

Premiere Friday Fire Track: Special Teams – “SunFire”

This weeks Fire track is feeling a bit exploratory. A collection and collaboration of musicians, Special Teams is self described as a rock hip hop trance experiment. Special Teams was born from The Long Count, a song cycle/visual project assembled by artist Matthew Ritchie and music by Aaron & Bryce Dessner of The National. The Long Count featured a particular piece entitled “Bull Run” that featured vocals from one Kelley Deal...

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MidPoint Music Festival 2016 Preview: September 23-25 (Cincinnati)
Sep19

MidPoint Music Festival 2016 Preview: September 23-25 (Cincinnati)

We are excited to head back down to the MidPoint Music Festival in Cincinnati this year. MMF has developed a reputation as the place to discover contemporary music, find the next big thing, and meet your new favorite band so it seems only natural for TFN to showcase this event. This year takes a more “outdoor festival like” approach as there will be four outdoor stages with music running from afternoon till eleven o clock....

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A Box Full Of Records: Rating Wilco
Sep14

A Box Full Of Records: Rating Wilco

No matter how jaded and cynical a music writer becomes, and there’s plenty going on in the music and journalism businesses to leave one jaded and cynical, most of us have artists whose history and/or music hits us in our warm spot, a place of personal satisfaction and joy. For instance, I’ll always have a soft place in my heart and mind for the music and performances of Todd Rundgren; he was my first concert when I was 16, and albums...

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Not for the Masses…Best of August 2016 Playlist
Aug31

Not for the Masses…Best of August 2016 Playlist

I have been creating these monthly playlists on my Not for the Masses…profile on Soundcloud for some time now and sharing them in various Facebook music-related group pages. This marks the first time my monthly favorites will appear on The Fire Note! I try to share the newest stuff, but occasionally something catches my ear that came out a few months ago, but I just have to share it. So just because this is the August list, doesn’t...

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