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In a recent review, I compared Moonbow’s first album The End of Time to a roller coaster.  If that metaphor stands true, then the album new again by The Happy Maladies is the merry-go-round – and this ride is missing a gear or two; and the ride, and its operator, have a few screws loose.

September brings to Cincinnati the 70th Anniversary celebration of the historic King Records. Brian Powers from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County talks with Lee Hay about the events being scheduled during the month, both at the library and other locations around the area. (Lee Hay will rebroadcast her acclaimed 4-part King Records special each Saturday night in September on her Blues show at 11pm).

The new CSO season kicks off with its annual gala

Aug 30, 2013

The annual Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Gala is fast approaching, and this year promises to be a very special evening with guest star and performer, Anne Sophie-Mutter, making her first appearance with the orchestra. Gala chair Vivian Schwab and CSO spokesman Chris Pinelo join Anne Arenstein with more details about this event along with some highlights of the upcoming 2013-14 season.

The album Higher Action by The Guitars is a time machine upholstered in crushed red velvet and fine Corinthian leather.  Every note, every verse and every track is perfectly crafted to wrap you in luxurious comfort and style.

Remembering Marian McPartland

Aug 26, 2013
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On Sunday, September 1 at 10:00 pm, we remember Marian McPartland with a memorial program.

Now celebrating its 12th year, the MidPoint Music Festival returns to venues around Cincinnati September 26-28. Dan McCabe, the festival’s executive producer for the last six years, joins our Jim Nolan to preview this year’s event and highlights some of the musicians who will be performing including headliner Shuggie Otis.

Local band Seabird

Aug 23, 2013

Local band Seabird recently performed at the Bunbury Music Festival, and will also be on the bill at this year’s MidPoint Music Festival. Brian O’Donnell welcomed Aaron and Ryan Morgan into the studio to talk about Seabird, their decision to leave the EMI label, and their recent Kickstarter campaign to fund a new CD.

David Lewis has a commentary about the late acclaimed jazz bandleader/composer/musician Earl Fuller, leader of Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band, which recorded and performed in the early 20th century. Though born in Illinois, his family was predominantly based in Warren County and he is buried with other family members in Morrow, Ohio.

In celebration of the upcoming High Holy Days, we present a performance from Cantor Abraham Lubin, who will be at Congregation Ohav Shalom in Sycamore Township for the upcoming holidays.

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I was fortunate to stumble upon the band Smoke Signals... recently at The Southgate House Revival.

The Newport-based trio played in the Lounge – the smallest of the three stages – and they immediately filled the room to capacity with exuberant fans, curious onlookers like me, and an unearthly powerful sound.  As soon as their set was finished, I made a beeline to the merch table and picked up a copy of their 6-song CD, The Collapse.

The songs on The Collapse read like a post-apocalyptic diary written by those left behind after the cataclysm, but who have still been deeply affected by something much bigger and scarier than themselves.  The tracks are punctuated by bits of radio static or odd recorded clips that seem to cry out “Is there anybody out there?

The sights and sounds from Borneo music festival

Aug 16, 2013

Cincinnati Public Radio’s Len Sternberg recently returned from a trip to Borneo to attend the 16th Annual Rainforest World Music Festival, and he joins Ron Esposito to talk about the country and the importance of music as a bridge between cultures.

New CD from local jazz musician Rick VanMatre

Aug 16, 2013

Rick VanMatre, Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music stops by the studio to talk with Ron Esposito about his new CD, Lines Above, and the upcoming release party at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club on September 6.

Moonbow: The End of Time

Aug 14, 2013
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The opening strains of Moonbow's debut album, The End of Time, draw you in like the first hill of a monster roller coaster.  The off-tune violin and rustic guitar hint of something yet-to-come; and once the drums and bass kick-in, you're over that first big hill, screaming with a combination of thrill and terror. You're gravity's prisoner now, so you best just hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

You may recognize the name Andy Stein from his frequent appearances as guest musician on A Prairie Home Companion. He’s a talented and respected jazz violinist who will be doing three appearances next week with Cincinnati’s own Faux Frenchmen. Brian O’Donnell gets all the details from band member George Cunningham.

Brian Powers from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County joins Lee Hay in our studio to talk about the 5th Annual Cowboy Copas Memorial Concert on August 16 and 17. Copas is a music legend, born in Adams County, and who died tragically in the same place crash that took Patsy Cline’s life. The memorial concerts will take place in Winchester, Ohio and will feature great music and some special guests, including his daughter, singer Cathy Copas.

Us, Today

Aug 2, 2013

Us, Today is a Cincinnati trio of guitar, vibraphone/keyboard, and drums whose music is best described as an avant-garde blend of jazz, rock, minimalism, and electronic music, with a heavy emphasis on experimentation and improvisation. They will be part of this September’s Midpoint Music Festival, but Stuart Holman had the chance to sit down with Kristen Agee and Joel Griggs from Us, Today to talk about their wide-ranging musical styles and influences.

Lebanon Blues Festival

Jul 29, 2013
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It's Commonly Jazz is back!

Jul 26, 2013

The pavilion in Eden Park will host the It’s Commonly Jazz series of concerts this August. As Robyn Carey-Allgeyer learns from organizer Laura Gentry, each Thursday evening will feature different jazz performers in concert for free.

Local music legend and nightclub owner Bobby Mackey joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about a new exhibit at Devou Park’s Behringer Crawford Museum entitled Northern Kentucky Music Legends. The exhibit pays tribute to local musicians, composers and others who successfully spent their lives in the music business.

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