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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.

Tooth Lures a Fang - First Single and Video from New Album

Today, we’re excited to share the first single and video from Tooth Lures a Fang’s new full-length, Sharon is Karen, releasing on Lo Fi City this June. 

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How Sweet It Is - Witnessing the Squirrel Nut Zippers Revival at SGHR

I spent some time before the Squirrel Nut Zippers’almost hour and forty-minute set thinking about how I might write about the trappings of nostalgia, or the idea of theatrics and persona and the possibility of deception - that it was all a schtick. And this would have been a valid angle considering the bands’ very specific aesthetic, both sonic and visual. 

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Minus The Bear Explores Planet of Ice On Its 10 Year Anniversary

For me, it was Menos El Oso. I have vivid, fond memories of driving around Savannah, Georgia’s outrageously humid streets getting way too down with that dance-y, challenging, quirky indie rock album blasting out of the mediocre sound system of my shitty, beloved Ford Taurus (RIP, Thricemobile).

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Record Store Day in Cincinnati: Plaid Room Records

Until a few years ago, Loveland, Ohio wasn’t a destination for new or used records. Or craft beer. Or food. Honestly, it wasn’t much of a destination for anything, was it? Picturesque, to be sure. But not really a hotbed for anything culturally significant in this part of Ohio. So it’s amazing what a few years, a lot of soul, and a community of devout music lovers who will do anything to score the Great White Buffalos of their record collection can do.

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The Slackers: Rude. Reckless. Ready to Dance.

That The Slackers should arrive nearly 20 years after I first saw them perform live, and around the anniversary of their now classic album, Redlight, seems a bit of cosmic symmetry. Their mixture of traditional Ska, reggae, rocksteady, dub, jazz, soul, R&B, and whatever else they feel like playing is a welcome detour from the typically rock, metal, and folk heavy offerings we’ve seen over the past few years.

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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.