//Playing Cincinnati

Every Tuesday, we explore the music scene in Cincinnati, Ohio.

PLAYING CINCY: SIOUX Finds His Groove On ‘Whiskey House Bar Music’ EP

Earlier this week, SIOUX flexed his introspective side on his new EP, Whiskey House Bar Music. Over danceable lo-fi beats produced by Rocco., the Cincinnati MC expresses extreme relatability when it comes to all sides of love—the good, the bad, and the ugly. “Whiskey House Bar Music is an idea of a project fully consumed [...]

By |2019-11-14T12:07:21-05:00November 12th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Jay Madera Picks Himself Up in “Curb Appeal” Video

Last month, Jay Madera arrived on the Cincinnati indie-rock scene, releasing his debut single, "Curb Appeal." Taking influence from Cincinnati mainstay band The National, Madera blends an indie-rock feel with pop and folk nods over a diverse instrumental display. Catchy in a gloriously moody way, "Curb Appeal" tells the story of a breakup: the initial [...]

By |2019-11-06T21:20:11-05:00November 5th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Jay Hill, JayBee Lamahj & Ronin Halloway Collide on “Babs Forever”

Ronin Halloway, JayBee Lamahj, and Patterns of Chaos alum Jay Hill teamed up on a high-energy single and video called “Babs Forever.” The three Cincinnati emcees spit bars at a fiery pace while maintaining their lyricism over the cascading SmokeFace-produced beat. The video, directed by Bradley Thompson, matches the rappers’ energy with colorful lighting, quick [...]

By |2019-10-30T13:01:37-05:00October 29th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Zell’s World Is The Class Clown In “That’s What It Is” Video

Zell's World released a fun video for his new single, "That's What It Is." The turn-up track marks the first offering from Zell's forthcoming sophomore effort, Welcome 2 Zell's World. The Chicago-bred and Cincinnati-based rapper last dropped his 5-track Want No Love EP in 2016. "With this next project, I'd say, people should expect to [...]

By |2019-10-15T12:41:36-05:00October 15th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Elsa Kennedy Celebrates Longing with “Redwoods” Single

Cincinnati singer-songwriter Elsa Kennedy released the beautifully forlorn "Redwoods" as the first in a series of singles that will lead up to her EP, Cadmium. "'Redwoods' is an expression of acute longing," she told AudioFemme. "I find longing endlessly gorgeous. It’s so painful, but it means so much because we never long for things that [...]

By |2019-10-15T13:19:21-05:00October 8th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Khari Unites Cincinnati Emcees In “Da Art Of Ignorance” Remix

Earlier this year, Cincinnati rapper Khari released his debut project, Sinsinnati. Now, he’s enlisted some of the Queen City’s best talent to hop on a remix of the standout track, “Da Art of Ignorance.” Maintaining his hard-hitting chorus, Khari swaps his verses out for bars from Allen4President, Dayo Gold, Phresh Kyd, Roberto, B.A.N.K.$. and ¡Jay [...]

By |2019-10-03T20:49:15-05:00October 1st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Oski Isaiah Compiles Show Footage For “Company” Music Video

Fresh off the heels of his F*ck A Job album release, Oski Isaiah drops a new clip for smoothly-served project cut, "Company." Oski released the 10-track Autumn Jivenchy-produced album this summer, which celebrated the Cincinnati rapper focusing full-time on his music career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkJr5y0Is4I Directed by Dre Shot This, the clip opens up on a signed [...]

By |2019-09-17T15:43:58-05:00September 17th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Indie Rock Trio Strobobean Drop Two New Singles Ahead Of Tour

Late last month, Strobobean released two new hauntingly beautiful singles, "Ghost" and "Walking Alone," ahead of their fall tour. The Cincinnati shoegaze post-rock trio is fronted by Pop Empire's Katrina Eresman and Jake Langknech and Soften's Brianna Kelly. Their debut 4-track EP, Winter, arrived this past May. “I'm excited about our new tracks because they [...]

By |2019-09-10T03:11:09-05:00September 10th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Pop Empire Talk “Novena,” Finding Their Sound & Incense

Cincinnati trio Pop Empire recently dropped their nine-track album, Novena. The indie-rock outfit will head out on a supporting tour this month. Novena marks the 10-year-old group's first full-length album since 2014's Future Blues and the first album with the group's current lineup - founding member Henry Wilson, guitarist Katrina Eresman, and drummer Jake Langknecht. Teased [...]

By |2019-09-05T14:20:52-05:00September 3rd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Dave Chappelle Brings Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper & More to Dayton Benefit Concert

For this week's Playing Cincinnati, we traveled 20 miles north to Dave Chappelle's Gem City Shine Benefit Concert in Dayton, Ohio. Chappelle, who lives in the neighboring Ohio town of Yellow Springs, threw the enormous block party to commemorate the nine lives lost in a recent mass shooting at a local bar that left nine [...]

By |2019-08-28T23:02:52-05:00August 27th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

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