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Dan Van Vechten

Dan Van Vechten shares his love for local music by putting it in his blog.  If there is a band or a venue you've never heard of in town that could use your attention, he's going to try to get your attention.  When he's not writing about music, Dan is often writing songs of his own and playing them in the places folky singer/songwriters go.

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Young Heirlooms: The Hammer

The Young Heirlooms are releasing a new album tonight called The Hammer. I agreed to do this review three weeks ago, so the day before it comes out should be the ideal time to get started on it, right? Uh… sorry, Young Heirlooms. I’ll get on this right away. In the interest of time, I will play the album for the first time on my lunch break and write out my reactions as I listen.

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Jeremy Pinnell: Ties of Blood and Affection

There is a lot of good music of all kinds in this area. There are so many good musicians and songwriters around, along with venues that regularly host such talents, that I will often discover a new favorite by accident. That’s how I first heard Jeremy Pinnell.

Dead Man String Band is an Art Form of Itself

(Picture it, June 2016, at the Bunbury Music Festival) “Let’s see…  I want to check out a band I haven’t seen before…  hmmm….  who’s playing?  Oooh, cool!  Dead Man String Band!  I really like string bands, with the banjos...

Neighborhood Venues in Cincinnati: Wunderbar

It’s like church.  Every Sunday, people from all walks of life crowd into a West Covington bar to break bread, enjoy some spirits, and come together over a shared love of music.  Like church, it’s not the building that makes the congregation a community, but the common ground...

Mighty Brother brings Jettison. Reprise. to Cincinnati

So I get this message a couple of months ago from Jake Ryan, who introduced himself on behalf of a band called Mighty Brother.  He was interested in booking a show in Cincinnati and was scouting for local acts to help find the right venue to get their music out to new ears.  I looked up...

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Foxfire Freedom Festival Looks Forward to New Location

The Foxfire Freedom Festival looks forward to kicking off its second annual event on September 11th and 12th at a new location.  Morgan’s Canoe & Campground in Morrow, OH will be the setting for a weekend of fun, fellowship, tradition, and opportunities to learn about living...

Broken Lines is Hard Drivin’ Bluegrass

It’s not very difficult to become a fan of the Rubber Knife Gang.  There are a lot of string bands around town whose styles range from the most traditional to more modern versions of folk themes.  I love bands made up of musicians who have really delved into their roots and found...

Mark Utley & Bulletville

Mark Utley & Bulletville will play at the MidPoint Music Festival this Thursday, September 25th at Mr. Pitiful’s.  This will be the seventh year for Utley, but he is returning with some newer bandmates and a recommitment to singing the songs he considers his roots.  Utley enjoyed a long run...

Honey & Houston to play MidPoint Music Festival

When good singers come across other singers who can easily find the right harmony, there become more than two voices coming together.  Something else happens when the rare, right fit falls into place, and Honey & Houston have it.  Lauren Houston and Heather Turner have been playing together...

The Almighty Get Down Give a Strong Whiff of Mojo

How does one not feel a little curious when they hear of a band named The Almighty Get Down?  I think we can all agree that getting down is generally enjoyable, and almighty sounds like a pretty top-shelf superlative.  My hopes were set high.  I reached out to The Almighty Get Down for a...

Sarah Jaffe: Don't Disconnect (Taft Theatre 9/23)

I started writing these blog posts because I am an amateur songwriter and moonlight as a musician every now and then.  I’m not “quit your day job” good when it comes to the music, but let’s just say I’m into it.  After almost two years of writing songs I was hoping to find some...

Top 10 Reasons to Listen to Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound

There have been plenty of blogs and articles lately about Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound, and I will be the first one to say how well-deserved the attention is [Check out this video we made of them at Buckle Up].  I’ll admit it – I’m a fan.  I have listened to the band’s eponymous...