Jared Bowers's Profile

Sweetening The Pot - Get Down with Sweet and the Sweet Sweets

There’s an unmistakable market for nostalgia. Sweet and the Sweet Sweets obviously figured that out. TV, movies, music. Rinse, recycle, repeat. The upshot, though, is that in revisiting certain things, we come to a deeper understanding of what made us fall in love with them in the first...

Caspian – Heavy Hearts, A Heavier Release

We’ve talked with Caspian before - so it should come as no surprise that we’re excited for their return to Cincinnati for this year’s MidPoint Music Festival. Much like our first chat with the band in 2013, this appearance brings them back to Queen City closely following the...

K. Flay Independently Progressive

Hip-Hop is meant to be progressive. Like every other genre, it can stagnate, it can lose its edge, it can stutter. Sometimes it crawls to a standstill. But like all genres, independent artists working within (or, without) that framework will always be there, have something to say, and prove...

Wild Ones Turn Up the Heat

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Wild Ones have crafted two recent releases that are among the best pop albums I’ve heard in the past few years. Between the two, the band - led by vocalist Danielle Sullivan - has toured relentlessly, making waves (and new fans) along the way.  Their...

Frontier Folk Nebraska - F**king Live, F**king Loud

It would be easy for some local bands to simply coast on the goodwill garnered through years of playing out, of putting in the time and effort necessary to build a dedicated network of fans and friends. It would be even easier for some local bands to simply take that for granted.  As fortune...

Deftones: Relentlessly Relevant

At this point in the history of Rock Music, it’s easy to write off a band that’s been around for 20 years simply by virtue of their continued existence. Our collective attention span being what it is (read: limited, if we’re being kind to ourselves), the fact that Deftones both...

Aviator Lands at The Southgate House Revival Tonight

It’s safe for fans to assume that, as an independent band or musician (read: one who is not supported by what passes as a “major label” these days), you don’t have it easy. Booking your own tours, figuring out how buy, pay for, and sell merch, pressing records - whatever it...

Young Empires Stake Their Claim on The Woodward Theater

For lack of a better term, “dance” music has long been in the process of blurring the line between what constitutes a night at the club versus a night at the rock club. We’ve seen some substantial progress made by bands that, maybe just a decade or so ago, would have been...

The Menzingers Don’t Want to Be Assholes Anymore

For every MTV friendly, (I Heart) radio ready pop-punk band hitting airwaves and probably angels, there are 10, 20, 300 bands of the same ilk starting out, getting ignored, or breaking up. While a vast majority of them simply fade into the aether, some manage to gain traction and then disappear,...

Quiet Company are Powerful Indie Rock

Indie Rock is in a weird place right now, or maybe it’s always been in a weird place. Now, I guess, it’s just in a much weirder place. Having been co-opted some time ago by the mainstream masses, truly independent rock music - meaning both the musical stylings and the mode or conduit of...

Every Time I Die at Bogart’s on Friday

In my humble opinion, Metalcore has, shall we say, run its course. As always, there are staunch, vocal supporters of any given genre or sub-genre or sub-sub-genre, but I don’t think anyone would disagree that Metalcore as it was first defined doesn’t really exist anymore. Bands like...

Learn More About Pianos Become The Teeth Before Show at tSGHR

I’ve been fortunate in my time as a writer, both here at CincyMusic.com, and elsewhere over the years, to get to chat with and ask questions of bands and musicians that I respect, appreciate, and generally geek out over whenever possible. When the opportunity came up to do so with Pianos...