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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

UPCOMING SHOWS - March/April 2011

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SHOW: Born of Osiris, Darkest Hour, As Blood Runs Black, The Human Abstract, more...
WHEN?: Friday, March 25th. Doors open at 5:00pm.
WHERE?: The Attic
WHERE’S THAT?: 2852 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, OH 45419
HOW MUCH?: $15adv/$17 at the door
ALL AGES

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SHOW: Pain Link, Winterhymn, Of Abysmal Descent, Lysergic, more...
WHEN?: Friday, March 25th. Doors open at 7:00pm.
WHERE?: The Mad Hatter
WHERE’S THAT?: 620 Scott Blvd, Convington, KY 41011
HOW MUCH?: $5 for 21+/$8 for under 21
ALL AGES

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SHOW: Allies Aside, Emmaline, Slaughterous Bereavement, more...
WHEN?: Wednesday, March 30th. Doors open at 6:00pm.
WHERE?: The Mad Hatter
WHERE’S THAT?: 620 Scott Blvd, Convington, KY 41011
HOW MUCH?: $5 for 21+/$8 for under 21
ALL AGES

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SHOW: Don't Wait Up, Arrivalry, Emmaline, Behold The Legend, more...
WHEN?: Friday, April 1st. Doors open at 7:00pm.
WHERE?: Fogarty's Pub
WHERE’S THAT?: 3620 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211
HOW MUCH?: $5.00
ALL AGES

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SHOW: The Frankl Project, Pike, Loudmouth, more...
WHEN?: Saturday, April 2nd. Doors open at 8:00pm.
WHERE?: Baba Budan's
WHERE’S THAT?: 239 W. McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
HOW MUCH?: $8.00
21+ ONLY

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SHOW: The Woosters, Starfox, and The Yugos
WHEN?: Friday, April 15th. Doors open at 8:00pm.
WHERE?: The Refuge Cafe
WHERE’S THAT?: 5010 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45238
HOW MUCH?: FREE
ALL AGES


***ONCE AGAIN, if you have a band or know one that has a show coming up. E-mail us at natisound@heffronbros.com and we will support you in anyway we can. Thanks.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Daily Dose

Band: Cosmic Affliction

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Genre: Post-hardcore/Popcore

Bio: Who says girls aren’t punk rock? Cosmic Affliction is a fun upcoming christian punk band from Amelia, OH who has been on the scene for about 4 or 5 years now. Since the origin of the band they have made changes to the lineup. Stephanie Roat (Lead vocals/Guitar) fronts the band with her charming personality and sweet disposition. However; deep in that sweet girl are intense, brutal, blood curdling screams that really give Cosmic Affliction their edge.
(Bio written by Nick Heffron)

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Visit: www.facebook.com/cosmicaffliction

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Daily Dose

Band: Don't Wait Up

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Genre: Pop-Punk

Bio: Don't Wait Up was formed out of the dumps of Norwood Ohio in the summer of 2010. Wanting to play the same type of music that they grew up on, bestfriends, Michael Padgett and Mike Newton set out to start a band of their own. Searching for missing pieces to their band they sought out a dying pop punk band called "Heres To The Past" where they added Carmen Hood and Ryan Sinclair. Later, the band collaborated with Ryan Dickey to fill the thought to be last spot. But lacking that sound they were striving for Don't Wait Up reached out to Guitarist Aaron Ogle to fit the final piece and so Don't Wait Up was born.

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Visit: www.reverbnation.com/dontwaitup

Music: www.reverbnation.com/dontwaitup

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nati Sound Reviews

Band: Kelsey Skaggs
Visit: www.kelseyskaggs.com
Album: Lady Liberty EP
Reviewer: Emily Bangs
Photos: Courtesy of the kelseyskaggs.com and her facebook page.

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First of all, Kelsey Skaggs is not directly from Cincinnati. She resides fifty-odd miles north in Dayton when she’s not on the road with her band. However, her Lady Liberty EP is a must listen for fans of local acoustic folky tunes.

As a singer-songwriter myself, I’m always looking for new peers for inspiration. Just the other day, I stumbled upon Kelsey Skaggs and was blown away by the nineteen-year-old’s mature sound. Don’t let the last name fool you, Miss Skaggs is a beautiful girl with a vocal range that calls upon a smoky semblance of Sara Bareilles, Taylor Swift, and Regina Spektor.

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I can’t say for certain that the Lady Liberty EP was produced in Nashville, but that was the aura they achieved. The first track “Cheesecake” begins with two twangy guitar lines that attack from the flanks while Kelsey commands in the center of the mix. She tells us a whimsical tale of teenage relationship; however, despite doubling almost all her parts with harmonies, the guitars sadly overpower her vocals during many parts of the song.

If I hadn’t mentioned her age, you would think this songstress was in her twenties by her confident melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. The Dayton songbird is not afraid to write outside the box of boys, love, boys, and timidity that young female pop songwriters often find themselves cornered in.

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The title track “Lady Liberty” is an apostrophe to the American spirit of freedom, chronicling the plight that children all too often experience in our “land of the free.” The sobering theme doesn’t prevent Kelsey or her band from keeping your toes tapping along while she sings in classical country-style two part harmonies.

“Be The Change” is a note-to-self revelation song about coming to terms with who you are and a reminder that only those without any sin should cast the first stone. “Slowly Breaking Me Down” is a pop-country duet ballad in the fashion of Lady Antebellum. Her Regina Spektor influences shines in the final track of the EP allowing the guest male singer to fill up the low end, freeing Kelsey to express some falsetto nuances that cascade in a delicate downward staircase of grace notes, further accentuating the meaning of the song.

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Tomorrow (March 10th) you can see Kelsey performing at the Refuge Coffee Bar. On the 17th, she’ll be at Sitwell’s Coffeehouse, and then on the 19th she joins a cast of local artists at Roh’s Street CafĂ© as part of the Clifton Heights music festival.

Stream the Lady Liberty EP for free at mixmgmt.com/kelseyskaggs, search for her on facebook, and don’t miss the chance to see this talented fairer-sex musician at one of her stops her in town.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Daily Dose

Band: The Yugos

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Genre: Pop/Rock

Bio: This band started as two brothers (Jordin and Christian Gough) recording on their friend's Mac. Later Jackson Deal joined on lead guitar to carry out a full live sound. After two bassists and months of confusion. Magnus Wignshades came to complete the group. He took the homeless, starved, weathered young trio under his Feathered wings and HAIR and taught them in the ways of Rock. (Taken from their facebook page)

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Visit: www.myspace.com/theyugos

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nati Sound Reviews

Band: Emmaline
Visit: facebook.com/emmalinemetal
Album: 2011 Demo
Reviewer: Mike Heffron
Photo: Courtesy of the Emmaline facebook

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(Emmaline)

If you’ve been following the Nati Sound then by now you’ve noticed an awful lot of metal and hardcore bands being posted up lately. Why is that? Because the local scene is absolutely exploding right now! In a good way. The Cincinnati -core scene has been percolating for years, birthing a few notable acts like Close To Home (featured in the April issue of AP magazine), Corpus Christi (Victory records), and Rose Funeral (Metalblade records).

The Cincinnati metal/-core scene is something to watch because these musicians are oozing talent (if you can dig yoself some breakdowns). The band Emmaline isn’t actually from Cincinnati, but about an hour northwest in Connersville, Indiana. However, they’ve played the Nait multiple times and are looking for recognition within our respected little scene.

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(Curran)

Emmaline’s demo starts off with the track “Ascendancy”, emphasis on the -dancy if you like breaking it down on the floor at a show. Drummer Blake Tidrow’s beats are gloriously jaw dropping. His impeccable blast beats and double bass fills are a testament to the band’s professionalism. He’s not overly-flashy or attention-seeking with his playing; he just provides the perfect pounding backdrop Emmaline needs. Fast forward to 1:30 on the demo’s third tack “Deception” and you will see exactly what I mean.

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(Blake)

Vocalist Brett Vadakin is a powerhouse screamer with a range that cuts through the mix while remaining lyrically audible (not an easy feat!). He doesn’t go for the cliche bottomed-out low growls or shrieking highs that clog the scene, instead Brett has found a unique middle ground that remains appealing song after song.

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(Brett rocking some long hair)

Listening through the three song demo, I found myself envisioning Parkway Drive and August Burns Red. However, Emmaline doesn’t sound like a copy of either, or anyone for that matter. The guitarists Chris and Curran, with Devin on bass, sync up like a well oiled bulldozer. Their harmonies and trade offs keep the tremolo riffing and breakdowns catchy but simple enough that even someone unfamiliar with deathcore can rock along to the groove.

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(Devin and Chris)

I suggest adding Emmaline to your music library the first chance you get. Until then, you can stream the demo for free on their facebook page. Definitely keep an eye on this Indiana quintet and be sure to catch them the next time they come through our beloved Queen City.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Daily Dose

Band: Behold The Legend

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Genre: Metalcore

Bio: Starting in early 2010, Behold The Legend has made great strides coming from their small hometown located just outside the Greater Cincinnati area. Trying to break away from the norms of their genre, the band combines influences from all genres, from Indie to Deathcore. The band has grown together to write in a style they believe they can innovate and grow into better musicians while writing and preforming. The band recorded 5 brand new songs at On The Road Recordings(Nathan Hook,Chris Rubey) and are set to release their self-titled effort online December 4th. There are more things in the works for the band, so talk to us and stay with us. (Taken from their myspace)

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Visit: www.facebook.com/BeholdTheLegendband

See them: March 26th at The Attic