2:03 am
Sat April 4, 2015

'The Man From Muscle Shoals' On Shame And FAME

Producer and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall, left, with R&B singer Clarence Carter.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 10:30 am

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Music Interviews
6:13 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Little Simz Keeps Her Eye On The Throne

"I like to refer to myself as king sometimes, not as queen," Little Simz says. "That's a conscious decision, because I feel like women are just equally as powerful."
Kevin Morosky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:42 pm

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2:31 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

In Her Life After John, Cynthia Lennon Didn't Stop Loving Him

In 1985, Cynthia Lennon said that touring with The Beatles was "wonderful," but "all we saw were the inside of hotel rooms, the inside of Cadillacs."
Evening Standard Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 2:36 pm

Back in the 1960s, when teenage girls in America and England fantasized about romance with their favorite Beatle, Cynthia Powell Lennon held the position so many girls dreamed of — she was married to John.

The two shared a working-class background. They met in art school in 1957 and were married in 1962, just weeks before The Beatles recorded "Love Me Do." But as The Beatles became a sensation, Cynthia had to pretend she wasn't married to John.

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4:02 am
Thu April 2, 2015

The 2 Filmmakers Behind The Who

Managers Chris Stamp (left) and Kit Lambert were aspiring filmmakers when they first approached The Who.
The Image Works/Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 2:22 pm

Two young, aspiring filmmakers walk into a bar. One's a hip, working-class dreamer. The other, a suit-and-tie wearing son of a classical musician.

The punchline: One of the greatest rock bands in history.

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8:53 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Bunbury Music Festival Announces Daily Lineup

The Bunbury Music Festival has announced the daily lineup for this year’s festival! Check it out!

Thanks to our friends at for the band profiles...

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5:39 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Wilco Cancels Indianapolis Show

It seems Wilco is taking a stand against the recent legislation passed in Indiana.  The following announcement was posted to their website and social media:

This is the only cancelation of the tour and is specifically in response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  The concert scheduled for May 5th at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati will go on as planned.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:02 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Sylvan Esso: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 4:47 pm

It's hard to believe that it hasn't quite been a year since the first Sylvan Esso album came out. The odd yet perfect marriage of Nick Sanborn's electronics with Amelia Meath's voice feels like a familiar friend by now. And yet seeing these songs performed softly — and captured in the light of day — made them feel fresh and lovable in new ways.

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11:18 am
Mon March 30, 2015

WNKU Presents 10th Annual Tunes & Blooms

Tonight's Tunes & Blooms with Hickory Robot and Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle has been canceled due to inclement weather.  A make up date will be announced soon.  See you next week for The Cliftones!

It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since we first partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo to bring you Tunes & Blooms.  What started out as a one-time concert in the cold rain before a crowd of about 100 people, now regularly draws close to 5000 people every week.  It really is the place to be every Thursday night in April.  Tunes & Blooms features some of the best musical acts our region has to offer playing amongst the tulips of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Each week, the Zoo dispenses with the usual admission fee at 5pm allowing visitors to roam the animal exhibits for free before settling down to enjoy live music from 6p to 8p.  Bring a picnic or choose from the excellent food options available on site.  They even serve local craft beer at the Zoo.

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Microphone Check
8:47 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Jean Grae: 'It's Not Just For Me. It's For You Guys.'

Jean Grae in Brooklyn.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

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7:37 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Courtney Barnett Talks Songwriting And Shyness

Courtney Barnett.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 10:33 am

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