The 2015 MidPoint Indie Summer series, featuring free concerts every Friday on Fountain Square all summer long, spotlights the local music scene and brings in more notable national acts than ever before. Plus, veteran Cincinnati musician Bob Cushing celebrates his latest release, Troubadour Songs, this Saturday.
Barrence Whitfield is the rare vocalist
that comes around as infrequently as a December hurricane, with the same
power and surprise. But Whitfield will tell you himself that a frontman
is nothing without the right backing, and the best foil for the
frenetic vocalist has always been guitarist Peter Greenberg.
Austin, Texas, Electro Pop trio Sphynx
makes magnetic, jubilant noise — ’80s-tinted but also rooted in
contemporary sounds like EDM and Indie Pop. Like a mix of Chromeo and
MGMT at their grooviest, Sphynx’s music is a call to the cool kids to
put down their phones and get on the dance floor. And the heartfelt and
non-mechanical vibe makes it infectious and accessible enough to
Punk was always intended to be fast,
loose and fleeting; The Ramones didn’t have a pension plan. Neil Young
wasn’t wrong when he noted that it’s better to burn out than to fade
away and yet, for every band like The Sex Pistols that existed for a
moment in the sun, there’s a band like SoCal’s Strung Out, with an
amazingly long history and a potent catalog to back it up.
Joy Division was indisputably one of the
finest names to emerge as a hugely influential entity in Post Punk and,
retroactively, Indie Rock, but the group’s stellar run only lasted only
four years. In that
first project’s wake, Joy Division’s remaining personnel formed New
Order, but hearing a full-on Joy Division set from an authentic source
wasn’t particularly viable.That is until Joy Division bassist (and
former New Order member) Peter Hook started plotting Joy Division
Neko Case continues her crusade against smartphone abuse at concerts, a Johnny Cash quote posted on social media causes an NYC school to respond to a perceived (but unintended) threat and Don Henley wins his lawsuit over a retailer using the phrase "Don a Henley and take it easy" in their advertising for Henley-style shirts.
Cincinnati vibraphonist Rusty Burge has amassed an
impressive curriculum vitae over the past 20-plus years, including four album releases. His latest, Faraway, is a collaboration with Indiana-based pianist Steve Allee.
The Mountain Goats have dropped 15 albums since 1994, the most recent of which, the just released Beat the Champ,
is yet another effort in which frontman John Darnielle’s hyper-literate words and
modest but expressive voice take center stage.
Cincinnati area artists Ben Knight & the Welldiggers, Coconut Milk, Jane Decker and The Rubber Knife Gang celebrate new releases this week. Plus, Arnold's and Neltner Small Batch collaborate on a new local music compilation set for release on Record Store Day.
As invigoratingly honest Americana continues to blossom amid the musical banalities of Modern
Country like a desert rose, it brings with it a new phenomenon: the
“No-Hit Wonder,” those troubadours whose
grittily propulsive, slyly smart songs just can’t get commercial Country
airplay. It is to them that Cory Branan has dedicated the title song
of his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder.
It hardly seems possible that next year
marks the 25th anniversary of the meeting of guitarists Ryan Miller and
Adam Gardner and percussionist Brian Rosenworcel, freshmen at Tufts
University who turned their dorm room songwriting hobby into a quarter
century of Alt Rock/Folk Pop wonder as Guster.
In the Ska/Punk canon, no titan stands mightier than 1989’s Energy,
the only album from Operation Ivy. But in 1996, Detroit outfit The
Suicide Machines came close to matching that shooting star’s power and
prowess with their first album, Destruction By Definition.
If my family should ever disown me and
I’m forced to find a new one, I would start by begging Loudon Wainwright
III to adopt me. Talent seems to spew from his every orifice and I want
a piece of it. He already gave his envy-worthy genes to three
incredibly talented musicians — Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Lucy
Wainwright Roche. Roche, in my estimate, got the lion’s share of that
Brian Wilson is asked his opinion on Punk, asks what the hell that even is; Frances Bean Cobain's musical tastes make headlines; and some major labels are reportedly considering putting the kibosh on bonus music clips for artists appearing on talk shows.