Vocalist and composer Xenia Rubinos crafts movingly powerful songs dipping in and out of genre and structure to create a sound that is fearlessly her own.
Xenia's powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to Hip-Hop to Caribbean rhythms and jazz all delivered with a soulful punk aura.
Her debut album Magic Trix was released in 2013 by Ba Da Bing! Records to wide critical acclaim.
Pitchfork lauded the radiant singer as "a unique new pop personality" while a profile in The New Yorker described her work as, "rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre."
Xenia's energetic live show and presence echoes some of the larger than life iconic singers she admired as a child including Judy Garland, Nina Simone and La Lupe while her powerhouse vocals recall the pop sensibility of Mariah Carey and soulfulness of Erykah Badu.
Touring the US and Europe extensively, she has played more than 150 shows both as a headliner and supporting act for such diverse bands as Man Man, Battles, Coco Rosie, and Deerhoof.
She will be bringing her smooth R&B style to Urban Artifact on June 22nd in support of her new album, Black Terry Cat.
Combining the shape-shifting musicianship of the 80’s, the mysticism of the 70’s, and the fiery electric blues guitar work of the 60’s, as well as many other more modern influences, Marcus Alan Ward creates a portal into the musical golden eras of the past while bravely forging ahead into the future.
Toying with light electronic and Alternative Soul musings on his previous releases, Ward turns his attention to Psychedelic Pop, Rock, and Funk on his latest offerings. The only child continues to pursue honest artistic expression while keeping musicianship at the forefront.
Xzela has been playing at a constant pace and has solidified herself as one of the most hard-working musicians in Cincinnati with three releases in under a year.
Her recent release, "Paint" blends R&B with soul and hip hop and has been lauded for the poetic lyrics that are within the lush soundscapes and head wavering rhythm and beats throughout.