Jared Bowers's Profile

Jared Bowers

A former DIY booking dude with a love for under-heard bands and an appreciation for live music (when he can get to a show), Jared's a father of 2 super weird kids, married to an even weirder woman... and he wouldn't have it any other way. Writing about music since high school, he' evangelistic when it comes to the music he loves, friendly with everyone who cares to chat and always looking for the next noodly, off-time and mathy guitar driven band that nobody's ever hear of. He writes about local music and reviews albums as often as he's able.

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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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All Smiles: Kevin Devine at SGHR

About a third of the way through his career spanning set, Kevin Devine paused between songs. The Southgate House Revival was full of music–all 3 rooms were in use, each stage occupied. Some of the music below made its way through the ceiling, offering a chaotic, if muffled, contrast to the introspective and passionate performance taking place in the Revival Room.

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Dear Propagandhi, Welcome Back

Hey Propagandhi, it’s been awhile.

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Kevin Devine: Revival in the Revival Room

My connection to Kevin Devine’s music goes back some time now. I lived in New Jersey for a while, but was close enough to NYC and Philly to make regular treks to both for shows that were coming through the region. I won’t call it my “emo” phase, because if I’m being honest, I’ve always been a little bit emo. We all have. Don’t deny it.

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Prawn Returns to Cincinnati, Topshelf Records Tour

Few labels can boast both the longevity and pedigree that Topshelf Records does, while also still maintaining the “wait, what label are they on?” quality when it comes to the bands on their roster.

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An Idiot’s Guide To Anarchy: Ill Poetic’s Timely, and Timeless, New Album

Cincinnati ex-pat and all-around music geek Ill Poetic returns home with a new record in tow.

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Beach Slang at Southgate House Revival

Is “punk rock” still a thing? Depends on who you ask, one supposes. The idea is alive and well, to be sure, but we’re knee deep in contrived notions of so many things, it’s almost impossible to tell sincerity from, well, most everything else.

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Show Preview: mewithoutYou's A->B Life Turns 15, We Celebrate

Few bands are able to transition from heaviness to subtlety, sledgehammer sound to ambience, the way that mewithoutYou has managed. Over the course of 15 or so years, this post-hardcore/post-rock band has gone from overwhelmingly abrasive to downright weird to both, somehow, at the same time. And, somehow, they’ve remained absolutely true to themselves the entire time.

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Hail The Sun - Progress is Progress(ive), A Live Show Review

A co-worker is a big Hail The Sun fan. I told her that I hadn’t listened to them yet, and had no intention to do so, as it’s been awhile since I’ve gone into a show cold, with little or no knowledge of one of the bands performing. And I asked her to explain them to me, why she liked them.

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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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Tooth Lures a Fang at SGHR Tonight

The trials and tribulations of creating music - and really, any kind of art - can be daunting. But change is inevitable, and even when it's expected it can cause some interesting things to happen. For Cincinnati progressive garage rock band Tooth Lures a Fang, change is more or less a part of who they are.

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Taking Back Sunday: No Nostalgia

I honestly thought the highlight of the night was going to be getting to see Every Time I Die play new tracks from Low Teens, one of the best heavy albums to come out in the past half-decade and a personal favorite album from last year. I hadn’t actively listened to Taking Back Sunday for probably that whole half decade or so, much to my chagrin.