Jeremy Spencer is first and foremost a writer, so it may well be that his Hip Hop handle, Sleep, is a reference to Hamlet’s
“To sleep, perchance to dream.” And there’s the rub; Spencer doesn’t
need to hit the pillow in order to dream.
Thanksgiving week is stuffed with live local music events, including the Get Stuffed on Local Music show at Southgate House Revival, Thanksgivin’ Rockin’ Eve at 20th Century Theater and rare local appearances by artists who mostly play out-of-town shows — Freekbass and Electric Citizen.
It’s both amazing and ironic that, at
some point this year, The Queers celebrated their 33-1/3 anniversary. It
was 1982, two years into Ronald Reagan’s first term, when New Hampshire
native Joe King felt Punk’s inexorable pull.
Minneapolis rockers The 4onthefloor came
together in 2009 and gradually built up a fervent fan base in its
hometown. In 2011, the group released its debut album, 4X4, and
began touring more consistently, building its national profile.
U.K. TV audiences will be treated to a holiday-time special about Shane MacGowan's teeth; a Florida cop causes a stir by singing "Let the killing begin!" with Death Metal band Vital Remains; and Jimmy Iovine apologizes for saying Apple Music helps poor lost women discover the right music for when they're sitting around "complaining about boys."
The music industry is an odd construct in the human
universe in which people sometimes generate as much interest for the
things they don’t do as for the things that get done. Look at Axl Rose
and Chinese Democracy.
Cincinnati rockers DAAP Girls celebrate the release of their new album, Look Inside Your Love, on which they find the sweet spot between the sweaty grit of a Rock &
Roll show and the sweaty grind of an all-night dance party. Plus, unique local ensemble Common Center throw a party in honor of its debut full-length release, Gypsy River, and nominations for the 19th-annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards are currently open to the public.
Berry Gordy may not have envisioned the
intersection of Rock, Blues and Soul when he was drafting the Motown
blueprint, but there can be little doubt that, when done right, that
particular genre hybrid is among the most powerful forces in the musical
What do Caribou, of Montreal, Born
Ruffians, Eleanor Friedberger and Yeasayer have in common? They’ve all collaborated with Ahmed
Gallab —better known as Sinkane — to add a unique spice to their musical
Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to publicly mention the name of a Nü Metal band; if you have a die-hard GG Allin fan on your holiday shopping list, an online auction may have the perfect present; and a town in the U.K. inflicts bagpipe music on the homeless to keep them from gathering at a bus station.