Prophets Of Rage: Politically Charged & Musically Satisfying [Concert Review]
Oct13

Prophets Of Rage: Politically Charged & Musically Satisfying [Concert Review]

Prophets of Rage: Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH – October 5, 2016 “Cincinnati, are you awake?” asked rapper B-Real early in the performance of the Prophets of Rage on Wednesday, a theme he would revisit throughout the night. It felt like a warm late summer night in spite of the fall date on the calendar, but the election season politics was red hot. A spirit of raw indignation and frustration with the status quo are...

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King’s X: Over My Head [Concert Review]
Oct03

King’s X: Over My Head [Concert Review]

King’s X (w/ King of Spades): Rockstar Pro Arena, Dayton, Ohio – September 29, 2016 On a cool and gloomy Fall night, about 300 people filled the Rockstar Pro Arena, just east of downtown Dayton, to hear the world-class hard rock trio and recording artists, King’s x offer up a 90+ minute show that spanned their long career. Now, the “Pro Arena” is best known for its weekly wrestling shows, so while it’s an unusual venue for a...

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MidPoint Music Festival Review 2016: Good Music, Good Food, & Lessons In Courtesy
Sep30

MidPoint Music Festival Review 2016: Good Music, Good Food, & Lessons In Courtesy

Nothing like a three day music festival and 81 artists over 4 stages to totally enthrall a music lover. The 2016 lineup for Cincinnati’s Midpoint Music Festival was one of the best they have had in years and with some cooperative weather (although really hot at times) the overall experience will go down as a positive memory. Thanks again to the MidPoint staff on securing The Fire Note some passes for the experience. The Good:...

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How I Spent My Saturday Evening At The MidPoint Music Fest
Sep28

How I Spent My Saturday Evening At The MidPoint Music Fest

Probably the best thing about music festivals, aside from gathering some bands you want to see into one place for a long day of music, or three days if you have the stamina and interest, is the times you stumble onto good bands you’ve not encountered previously. As I was new to the MidPoint Fest, I arrived an hour early for Bob Mould, the artist I was most excited to see after at least a decade of not catching him live, so I heard a...

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Guns N’ Roses – “Not In This Lifetime” Tour [Concert Review]
Jul11

Guns N’ Roses – “Not In This Lifetime” Tour [Concert Review]

Guns N’ Roses (w/ Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown): Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio – July 6, 2016 Here in 2016, it’s hard to gauge the significance of bands that were hugely popular in the 1980s after all the time that has passed. Few would argue against the dominance of L.A. band Guns N’ Roses in their heyday, after the release of Appetite for Destruction in 1987 and the two volumes of Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 in...

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Guided By Voices: Past Present & Future [Concert Review]
Jun29

Guided By Voices: Past Present & Future [Concert Review]

Guided by Voices (w/DTCV): Oddbody’s Music Room, Dayton, Ohio – June 23, 2016 A Guided by Voices show is a two-faced beast. In one sense, you always know what to expect: the camaraderie of the fans, lots of beer, some Robert Pollard stage-banter, and at least a few “classic” GBV tunes, whether its “I Am A Scientist,” “A Salty Salute,” “Teenage FBI,” or “Echos Myron.” On the other hand, there’s also the unpredictable elements:...

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