Embracing the Weirdness

With Helado Negro, Roberto Carlos Lange uniquely explores art, Electronic music and his Latin heritage

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Roberto Carlos Lange’s music, performed under the moniker Helado Negro, celebrates his Latin heritage in ways both obvious and subverting.  

AYE Fest Packs OTR with Music All Weekend

Plus, Alone at 3AM, Mohenjo Daro and The Cla-Zels play gigs this weekend to promote new releases.

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The AYE Music & Art Festival — founded in 2006 to raise money for various charities — returns for its biggest fest yet this Friday-Sunday. Held at several venues in Over-the-Rhine, proceeds from the 2015 edition of AYE will go to Boys Hope Girls Hope.

Sound Advice: Rod Picott with Mark Becknell

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival (Revival Room)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
One spin through Fortune, Rod Picott’s latest album, will inspire any number of referential name-checks and stylistic comparisons, from the storytelling prowess of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark to the passionate-soul reflection of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. 

Sound Advice: Futurebirds with Harpooner and Wilder

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Futurebirds are the first to admit that their six members offer up an array of influences — from ’80s Pop to Country of every stripe to Psych-infused Indie Rock — that coalesce around one common thread: Athens, Ga. and its rich musical heritage.  

Sound Advice: Hopsin with SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton and DJ Hoppa

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
At 30, Hopsin is one of second-generation Hip Hop’s old guard, a genre veteran for nearly half his life who has used devices both fresh (white contact lenses that give him the appearance of an extra in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, YouTube promotion, a positive spin in his lyrical message) and time-tested (artist feuds, label conflicts, a fake retirement announcement, run-ins with the law, an acting career) to widen his exposure.  

Sound Advice: William Fitzsimmons with Jake Phillips

Friday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
With a voice like a choirboy and a beard like a lumberjack, acoustic-oriented multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons is a striking visual and aural presence.

Albini vs. EDM

Plus, Rage Against the Machine bassist espouses conspiracy theories and Avril Lavigne becomes the source of one

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Steve Albini responds to an EDM artist's request to use a sample with a scathing rant against EDM (and a "yes" to the sample request), Rage Against the Machine's bassist says "sorry for Limp Bizkit," adds that ISIS and moon landings are fake and Avril Lavigne was replaced by an actress after her initial success (allegedly).

Making Another Great ’Point

While the spirit and top-notch music remain, Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival introduces a few changes

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The MidPoint Music Festival returned to venues in Over-the-Rhine and downtown Sept. 25-27 for its 14th-annual event, once again offering open-minded music fans a buffet of stimulating sounds by mostly newer artists both known and up-and-coming.

R.I.P. Kevin Donahue

Crowd-funding project created in honor of The Pariahs' singer and Cincinnati Roll & Roll hero

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Beloved Garage Rock champion and singer for Cincinnati cult favorites The Pariahs, Kevin Donahue, died from cancer Sept. 13. One of his longtime friends and bandmates recently started a GoFundMe campaign to give Donahue a proper burial and headstone, and there are also plans in the works to make public unreleased Pariahs music, showcase Donahue's artwork and present a concert/party to further pay tribute to the late rocker.

Sound Advice: Grooms with A Place to Bury Strangers and Leggy

Thursday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
In a realization similar to my ex-wife’s, Travis Johnson concluded back in 2009 he’d made a terrible mistake and had to do something to correct it.  

Sound Advice: Reckless Kelly with Noah Smith

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
All things Austin, Texas, have been coming to a head the last few years in the music world. Always a great music town, the scene has blown up to almost too-big proportions, with the South By Southwest festival growing to seemingly unsustainable levels. Reckless Kelly, however, has been walking the streets of Austin since the band migrated there from Idaho in the late 1990s.  

Sound Advice: Built to Spill with Helvetia and Clarke and the Himselfs

Monday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
“All Our Songs,” the lead track on Built to Spill’s latest record, Untethered Moon, is an unabashed celebration of the band’s 23-year-existence, featuring six minutes of guitar-soaring bliss that includes this admission of contentment from enduring frontman Doug Martsch: “And I found a place/Where I know I’ll always be tethered/And I knew when I woke up/Rock & Roll will be there forever.”  

Sound Advice: Gang of Four with The New Regime and Evening Redness

Tuesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Let’s get it out of the way at the start — Gang of Four’s 1979 debut, Entertainment, is among the landmark albums of the last 40 years, a politically charged, sonically angular slap in the face that remains as visceral as the day it surfaced.  

Dope Pope to Drop Debut Album

Plus, Elton John talks to the actual Russian president and Collect Records cuts ties with pharmaceutical villain

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Pope Francis has a debut album ready to drop this fall and the music's reportedly in a Pop and Prog Rock (?!) style. Plus, after being pranked, Elton John gets a call from the actual Vladimir Putin, with whom John would like to speak to about Russia's horrendous LGBTQ-rights record, and Martin Shkreli, the rich dick who announced a huge price increase on a drug he acquired rights to that is used by AIDS patients, loves Emo music, but the label he invested in no longer wants anything to do with him.

‘Taiga’ Burning Bright

With her latest album, MidPoint Music Festival performer Zola Jesus confidently expands on her unique voice

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) grew up in rural Wisconsin as a precocious child known for her interest in all things opera and the otherworldly.