Frontier Folk Nebraska

  • Local
  • shoegaze
  • power pop
  • noise
  • lo-fi
  • indie rock

"Frontier Folk Nebraska believes in the continuing relevance of a classic-era kind of alt-rock that flirts with occasional messiness in order to let its organically electric sound come together without too much art-think or conceptualism. Faith is put in the music’s energy as the right conduit to showcase interesting songwriting… Neither from Nebraska nor a folk group, Frontier Folk Nebraska is instead a Cincinnati band that sounds like the Replacements attacking power pop with their

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Album Review: Jake Borgemenke - Close to Obscurity 

So well done, and so interesting from the start, that it’s easy to keep listening… and listening. Enter Lo Fi City’s upcoming release of Jake Borgemenke’s Close to Obscurity.

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CincyMusic Folk Alliance Livestream 

On Tuesday, January 26th at 6p (EST), CincyMusic and Cinci Folk Alliance will be hosting the best damn Live Stream Festival you have ever seen on a Tuesday.

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Frontier Folk Nebraska: Brilliant Disguise 

Frontier Folk Nebraska recorded all remotely through the power of the internet, Bruce Springsteen's Brilliant Disguise. The video is all fan submitted photos masked up in solidarity.

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Want to Be in a Frontier Folk Nebraska Video?! 

How'd you like to be part of the new Frontier Folk Nebraska music video?

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Quarantunes: Via Moose 

While we have all been dealing with our quarantine however we have been dealing with it. Some of us have had to still work, and some are not and are at home trying to figure out if that table really needs to be cleaned again, I mean it’s been an hour? Music has been there for us. To keep us sane amidst a pandemic the likes of which we have never seen before.

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Frontier Folk Nebraska - About A Girl 

Frontier Folk Nebraska got together from their remote locations to cover Nirvana's, "About A Girl." FFN started playing because of music like this, and music like this has always grown in independent venues, and that they hope folks will reach out with financial aid to places like The Southgate House Revival and The Woodward Theater and other clubs around the country they have played and want to play again.

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A Not Top Ten List: Moose’s favorites from 2019 

In the year that is set up to be over in a couple weeks, 2019, music saw a lot of great albums come out. So I will preface this by saying that I’m sure there are a few that I missed but really liked as well. The list below isn’t a top ten, I am not a fan of those, I think they are boring and overplayed. The list below is simply a compilation, if you will, of albums that I enjoyed from this year that has seemingly flown by. 

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Album Review: Freaks: Frontier Folk Nebraska 

Frontier Folk Nebraska (FFN), are comprised of four guys. Four guys that bring a brand of rock n’ roll that is a hodge-podge of so many styles that they make it sound easy. FREAKS is their latest recorded album that came out on Black Friday, and before that I had the pleasure of listening to it early and often. 

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Frontier Folk Nebraska and William Matheny Talk to Each Other... You Won't Believe What Happens Next 

There’s not much I can say about Frontier Folk Nebraska that I haven’t already written of, many times over. Good folks, good music. Cincinnati is fortunate to have them in our midst. Their once and future tourmate, William Matheny, is no stranger to the area, and with his own take on earnest and nostalgic Midwestern Rock, he travels a good amount of common ground with Frontier Folk Nebraska.

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"Ghost On the Tap" Video Premiere - Frontier Folk Nebraska Conjures Pure Rock 'N Roll 

Always thinking about what’s next - even while working on something for the here and now - Frontier Folk Nebraska are ready to premiere a brand-new video for their Record Store Day 2017 release. A Shake It Records and Rhinegeist joint release, this 45 split with The Tillers was offered in-store only during Shake It’s annual Record Store Day celebrations.

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William Matheny Charts His Own Path 

Friends Frontier Folk Nebraska Rolls Out The Welcome Mat  The goal of most musicians is, more or less, to exhibit and express originality. Sometimes that means taking timeworn and road tested chords and ideas and making them your own. Sure, you run the risk of sounding fake or like...

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Record Store Day in Cincinnati: Shake it Records 

As one of the top record stores of 2010 by Rolling Stone Magazine, Shake It Records, in Northside all started out with two brothers whose passion for collecting records was created in to a business. Jim and Darren Blase have been working in record stores since they were teenagers and started to...

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Frontier Folk Nebraska Goes to War 

The most surprising thing about Frontier Folk Nebraska is that they, sincerely, continue to surprise me.  It would be easy to coast on past accomplishments - a great record, a phenomenal live album, regular touring in places where they actually know your name. In fact, they’ve just...

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SXSW Final Recap 

My last two days in Austin were just as musically packed as every day beforehand, as I ran from across every part of town seeing every band of interest I could until the metro would shut down for the night.  I saw easily 10-12 bands both on Friday and Saturday, but of course there were some...

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Royal Recommends: Frontier Folk Nebraska 

Royal Holland got tired of people not knowing or seemingly not caring about music from amazing musicians who don't have the marketing power to make you want to get their music. Often times, the music being posted is free, it only costs a small amount of your time, and could change the way you look...

Little Cricket Records Release Winter Song Compilation 

Little Cricket Records is a brand-new label right here in the Queen City run by local legends Billy Catfish, Ed Vardiman, and Mike Ingram. As an introduction to the label, a winter songs compilation has been established. While it is a FREE download, a donation to a preferred charity or non-profit...

Get Stuffed on Local Music at The Southgate House Revival 

On Wednesday, 16 acts on 3 stages, including special guests from Nashville, Joshua Black Wilkins and Cincinnati Native, Lee Rolfes.  This is a great opportunity to check out a diverse slice of the local music scene!  We’ve kept the cover very low, $5 and it’s an all-ages...

Frontier Folk Nebraska - 10 Years and Counting 

Making it a full decade as a band is no small achievement. Regardless of changes in lineup, there are few bands of local, or even regional importance that can say they’ve accomplished as much. So celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Frontier Folk Nebraska is an especially, and sincerely,...

Whispering Beard is Right Around the Corner 

Whispering Beard Folk Festival is less than three weeks away! The Beardos are gearing up to make the short trek to Friendship, Indiana for a weekend of amazing music. For those who have not been – GO!! Bring the family. It will become one of your yearly traditions. Whispering Beard Folk...

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Ninth Annual Northside Music Festival 

Next weekend the 9th Annual Northside Music Festival takes place at Northside Tavern! This festival is the longest standing, independently run, free music festival in Cincinnati.  Friday, June 24thCourtyard Stage7:30p Old City9p Frontier Folk Nebraska10:30p Culture Queer  Front Room...

Frontier Folk Nebraska - Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun 

I’ve spoken before, at length, of my appreciation for Frontier Folk Nebraska - and not just their music (which happens to scratch a Rock and Roll itch few know they really need taken care of), but also for them as genuinely decent people. I may not make it out to every live performance (shame...

Frontier Folk Nebraska Live Track Premiere/Album Release 

The idea of recording a live album might not seem like the most obvious one, but for Covington’s Frontier Folk Nebraska, it makes complete and total sense. A band whose reputation lies heavily on a style of almost pure rock and roll, the live setting is absolutely essential to truly...

Get Stuffed on Local Music 

Rhinegeist and Second Sight Spirits present “Get Stuffed on Local Music” Wednesday, November 25th at The Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY! If you are looking for some home cooked music, to kick off the holiday season, have we got the show for you!  Local musician, Kelly...

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Elk Creek to play Fountain Square and MPMF 

Elk Creek has undergone some serious changes for the good recently. Check out our talk with Jeremy Brown of Elk Creek for more details… Tell about your new lineup change…A few months ago we were faced with the unenviable challenge of replacing one of our founding members, whose...

Wolfcryer: Brings Beauty and Turmoil 

Matt Baumann aka Wolfcryer as some folks know him as, has just released a two song EP. Something simple, but with much to say about where his life is going these days. Matt has had quite the changes happen in the past year and half. With getting married and now his wife is set to have their first...

Frontier Folk Nebraska - F**king Live, F**king Loud 

It would be easy for some local bands to simply coast on the goodwill garnered through years of playing out, of putting in the time and effort necessary to build a dedicated network of fans and friends. It would be even easier for some local bands to simply take that for granted.  As fortune...

Mark Becknell Releases Like the Vine at tSGHR 

Cincinnati based musician, Mark Becknell is releasing his debut solo album, Like the Vine Sunday at The Southgate House Revival with special guest Ben Knight! A drummer and percussionist at his core, Becknell takes a very rhythmic view when it comes to his melodies and compositions.  Becknell...

Queen City Silver Stars at Barrio Tequileria in Northside 

Who are Queen City Silver Stars? You most likely already know the majority of the band as they are comprised of Mark Becknell (Frontier Folk Nebraska, Josh Eagle & The Harvest City), Nicholas Mavridoglou (The Mitchells), Dusty Bryant (Chardez) and Matt Flynn! The Queen City Silver Stars are...

The Good People Festival present: Show Your Love 

February 20th & 21st at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky  Rachel DesRochers, the creator of Grateful Grahams and the Northern Kentucky Kitchen Incubator is joining forces once again with Ian Mathieu of Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle to present the next big event...

Annapalooza: A Benefit for Anna Mouch 

A little over a year ago one of my really great friends Anna Mouch was diagnosed with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.Non-hodgkin lymphoma, or NHL, or just lymphoma is basically a type of cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. Lymphocytes...

Our Weekend Picks :: December 19, 2014 

Each week we will highlight a few of our picks for the weekend. Some may be local, some may not, but as long as you are seeing live music in Cincinnati you are contributing! Our picks are below, but you can choose for yourself with our calendar here. (Or download our iPhone app here). Want free...

Frontier Folk Nebraska With Friends Josh Eagle & The Ready Stance 

In a perfect world, every major holiday would start with a little bit of Rock ‘n Roll, preferably in a darkened room with friends and family gathered round, listening to the band on stage playing through a set of old favorites and new classics. On Friday, December 19th, at Northside Tavern, the...

And The 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Nominees Are... 

CityBeat has announced the nominees for the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards! This year, the organization did things a little differently allowing the public to weigh in on the nominees before deciding on the artists we will all be able to vote for. Remember, not everyone can be nominated. This...

Frontier Folk Nebraska & Mike Adams at His Honest Weight 

It’s been a busy year for both Cincinnati’s Frontier Folk Nebraska and Bloomington’s Mike Adams at His Honest Weight. Each have released critically lauded new albums, each has played more than a handful of raucous, energetic shows, and each have enough intelligence and attitude to last the...

The Fabulous Byurd Brains, a Gorilla and Never Setting Suns 

The Fabulous Byurd Brains, greater Cincinnati’s latest fantastic musical outfit with a weird name, are pleased to share the news of their third live appearance, “The Fabulous Byurd Brains Fall Social” at Northside Tavern on Friday November 7, with special guests Never Setting Suns, Mark Zero...

Frontier Folk Nebraska - They’re Not F**king Around 

Rock and Roll is not an immutable, stationary entity. It has, and always will be, a living, breathing, transient thing. For all intents and purposes, no matter how many times it’s been declared dead, it is immortal. Yes, it may have lost it’s way, it may wander off into some strange places from...

Frontier Folk Nebraska Bringing the Volume to WBFF 

The fine folks of Frontier Folk Nebraska hearken their return to this year’s Whispering Beard Festival with an offering of new music, Frontier F**k Nebrask, an album steeped in the lazy swagger and inverted braggadocio these Cincinnati natives have accepted, nay, presented, as their calling card....


It is that time of year again!  It is Beard-thirty time!  Dust off those beards, air out those tents, and clean out your coolers.  It is time to get ready for another grand old time at the annual Whispering Beard Folk Festival in Friendship, Indiana.  Bring your beards or borrow a friend’s...

LUMENOCITY Village Has Something for Everyone 

LUNENOCITY Village brings arts & crafts, food, beverages, entertainment on site for three-day festival in Washington Park.  Projections will also be visible from the village area. Friday, August 14-7 pm Life/Theater Hot Dogs by Lee Walton (presented by Contemporary Arts Center and...

Billy Catfish is Back in The Fabulous Byurd Brains 

It's been awhile since we saw Billy Catfish. He has decided to come out of retirement and recruited members of Frontier Folk Nebraska, Shoot Out The Lights, West Ghost and Weven Stalls of Vampire Weekend at Bernie's. The new band is at Crow's Nest on Saturday. We chatted with Mr. Catfish himself...

The Cliftones make their own way! 

The Cliftones are headlining the Thanksgiv’n Rock’n Eve Blowout Wednesday November 27th! Be ready to dance the night away for a good cause. Get $2 off your ticket price at the door with canned goods donation for food drive. This major annual event is not only a great show but a perfect way to...

CincyPunk Fest 12 Lineup Announced! 

The twelfth CINCYPUNK FEST returns to The Southgate House Revival with the largest, and most diverse line up yet! Tickets for the next CINCYPUNK FEST on Fri October 4th and Saturday October 5th will go on sale today at NOON HERE! This year we are partnering with Save Our Shelters Dogs. This amazing...


Do you have a beard?  Do you like beards?  Join in with other beard fans for the 6th Whispering Beard Folk Festival in Friendship, Indiana for the weekend long party of picking, singing, and dancing beards.  The outdoor show features traditional folk music to preserve and inspire fans young and...

American Roots Series Lineup Announced 

Fountain Square released the MPMF Indie Summer Series Lineup yesterday & now we can look forward to a free dose of all things Folk / Americana every Tuesday this summer! The American Roots Series takes place on Fountain Square from 7-10pm every Tuesday this summer. May 28: Magnolia...

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