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King Studios Celebrates Life, Legacy of Betty Clooney at Main Library

Beginning her professional singing career at age 14 on WLW Radio, Betty Clooney was soon touring America and recording with her sister, Rosemary, as a duo for bandleader Tony Pastor. Tired of the road after a few years, she returned to Cincinnati to become a pioneer in early television.

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Conor Oberst: Ruminations and Salutations

For twenty years, or thereabouts, Conor Oberst has remained one of the preeminent voices in the indie/rock/folk genre. His songs can be brash and loud, or calm and to the point, and political with a hint of romance, and sometimes all in one song. However, you would like to describe him though you can’t leave out that he knows how to write a song.

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Swarming Branch Folking Up MPMF

Swarming Branch aspire to be the modern Midwestern Steely Dan. The band's name is a reference to both the nature of its membership, which is intentionally and perpetually in flux, and its sound, which features densely worded slant rhyme over intertwining, capricious, often improvised melodies.

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Review: Alice Cooper

The air had a bit of a chill in it on Sunday night. Most people will tell you that it was because summer was ending and the fall season was getting ready to begin. Others will lead you to believe that is was the breeze coming off the Ohio River. But for those that were there, we know the truth. That dark chill in the air was the legendary macabre maestro, Alice Cooper.

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Flint Eastwood May be the Queen of MPMF

Jax Anderson aka Flint Eastwood is a powerful songstress from Detroit, MI. She creates fusions of rock, hip-hop and electronica that aspire to an importance that's uncommon for pop music.

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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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Review: Ubahn Fest

This weekend was Ubahn Festival’s third year under the streets of Cincinnati with rap superstar headliners 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Gucci Mane. Steve Aoki brought an energetic cake-throwing DJ performance to a mixed crowd of EDM and hip-hop fans. Third time is charm for Ubahn Festival seeing as how this year was the most spectacular party yet.

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Review: Protomartyr

Earlier in the year, I was at a show, and at that show I overheard in the crowd a man telling his buddy that post-punk was dead. He said that the zeitgeist of post-punk was already hit years ago and every other band just copies what once was. However, if you were at the Protomartyr show last night at the Northside Yacht Club, you would probably disagree with this man.

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Noname Commands Respect at MPMF

Noname (born Fatima Warner) hails from Chicago, IL. She is a poet and hip-hop recording artist. While she has been performing since 2010, it was in 2013 when she appeared on Chance the Rapper’s mixtape Acid Rap, that brought her into the limelight.

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Fifty Fest Brewery Holds Annual Fifty Fest

Get your beer drinking shoes on, it’s time again for Fifty Fest! Fifty Fest is an annual beer festival that has been thrown by Fifty West Brewing Company the last four years. Fifty Fest is a family friendly event with 3 stages, local bands, local craft breweries, and a variety of local food vendors! It will be held September 23rd from 12pm-12am.

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The Appleseed Collective Set to Transport You Through Time

The Appleseed Collective is poised to become the new sound of string music. Riding the wave of the bluegrass revival beyond newgrass and into a strange new genre-bending territory, they explore the full range of dark and light, old and new, composition and improvisation in a deeply theatrical stage show that transports audiences through time.

Plan Your Music Weekend: September 8-10

Cincinnati is full of so many things to do, we wanted to help you plan your music weekend! Each week we will make a few recommendations on what bands to check out. Keep in mind, these are just a few and you can find more options on our calendar!