PLAYING CINCY: Joness Releases Intoxicating New EP Sheep

Cincinnati-based artist Joness flexes her ability to jump back and forth from bouncy bars to hard-hitting vocal ranges as she intertwines classic hip hop sound with an R&B style on her new EP, Sheep. Joness first hit the scene with her debut EP, Rule Number 9, following it up last week with Sheep: An Extended Play. The EP [...]

By |2019-04-03T12:40:37-04:00April 2nd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

HIGH NOTES: The Sound of Iboga

“This life is just a dream. It’ll be over in the blink of an eye. Remember who you are. Remember what you are.” Omkara’s “Remember” filled the dimly lit, sand-colored living room of my Venice Beach apartment. I was on the cusp of a discovery, or perhaps a rediscovery. The following day, I’d hop on [...]

By |2019-04-04T07:50:35-04:00April 1st, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

ONLY NOISE: Kacey Musgraves Still Speaks to Me with Golden Hour, a Year After its Release

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Cillea Houghton delves into her personal connection with Kacey Musgraves' ground-breaking Golden Hour, a year after its release (and several Grammys later). Watching Kacey Musgraves take home the Album of the Year Grammy for [...]

By |2019-03-18T16:33:28-04:00March 28th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Greco Make Magic On Stage and In the Studio

Even for a newbie in the Atlanta music scene, the name Greco is as familiar as the infamous straight-up-the-stairs load-in at Smith's Olde Bar, one of the city's most iconic haunts (don't worry, out-of-towners; there's an elevator now). The rock quartet, made up of brothers Sebastian (lead vocalist), Josh (guitar), Zach (bass), and Gabriel (drums), [...]

By |2019-04-01T12:20:15-04:00March 28th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING DETROIT: Primer Crafts Goth-Pop Gems on Debut LP Novelty

photo by Alex Buks We’ve all heard the cliche - “some of the best songs are written in ten minutes.” Think of the story behind pretty much any early Beatles song and you’ll land at some iteration of that. But what about the songs that unravel like a slow burn, painstakingly dragged along [...]

By |2019-04-01T13:27:50-04:00March 27th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING CINCY: Hip Hop Showcase Brings Out Cincinnati Talents

Dayo Flow at Urban Artifact in Cincinnati rounded up some of the city's top-rated hip hop acts. The evening showcased headliners Dayo Gold and Eb&Flow, singer Joness, Kelby Savage, Devin Burgess and more. Freestyling underway at Dayo Flow. Photos by Victoria Moorwood. The show started out with some playful freestyling, where rappers and artists [...]

By |2019-04-01T11:45:06-04:00March 26th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PET POLITICS: Ana Becker gets CATTY with Bruce Kittowitz and a New Band

Ana Asnes Becker has been a staple in the Brooklyn music scene for quite some time now. Like many of our interviewees, Ana is quite Renaissance woman: beauty, brains, a big personality, and loads of talent. A few years ago, she left her job at The Wall Street Journal to pursue her music career full [...]

By |2019-04-01T14:02:53-04:00March 25th, 2019|COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays, Pet Politics|

PLAYING SEATTLE: The Black Tones Prep Cobain and Cornbread LP

Photo by L. Mckill Brother and sister rock 'n’ roll duo The Black Tones are all about rewriting Seattle rock history, and playing their asses off in the process. Their latest LP, Cobain and Cornbread, draws on the Seattle music and cultural aesthetic but puts the diversity and innovation back into the style. [...]

By |2019-03-22T20:01:57-04:00March 22nd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Challenger Deep Unleash Frantic Energy on Self-Titled Debut

There's something about the quiet and stillness of winter that drives me to seek out new music to break through the silence. Lucky for me, I stumbled across a Spotify playlist with a long list of new releases from Atlanta bands a few weeks ago. I spent a happy afternoon shuffling through a wide variety of [...]

By |2019-03-20T17:33:51-04:00March 21st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

ONLY NOISE: How Tainted Love Became My Feminist Jam

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Liz Ohanesian hits replay on the unlikely track that gave her strength on dance floors and in traffic alike. Stuck in the perennial gridlock that crisscrosses Los Angeles, blasting the same oldie over and over [...]

By |2019-03-19T15:55:03-04:00March 21st, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

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