Straight Outta Lockland

Inspired by the recent N.W.A. biopic, Cincinnati Hip Hop artist Sleep’s new album takes on the ’90s

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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.   

Give Thanks to Local Music by Feasting on It

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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.  

Sound Advice: Mato Nanji & Noah Hunt with Shun Ng

Wednesday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Noah Hunt and Mato Nanji have been swirling around each other on the Rock circuit for a long time.

Sound Advice: The Queers with The Dopamines

Saturday • Northside Yacht Club

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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.  

Sound Advice: Carousel with Electric Citizen

Saturday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Pittsburgh’s Carousel plays the same touring circuit as many Stoner and Psych Rock groups, but the band’s barroom-boogie is less fuzzed-out and often more up-tempo than its sludgy peers’ output.   

Sound Advice: The 4onthefloor with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and The Easthills

Saturday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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.   

A Toothy Holiday Classic?

U.K. holiday special on Shane MacGowan's teeth planned, Florida cop jams with Death Metal band and Jimmy Iovine apologizes for sexist remarks

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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 Last Band Standing

Maynard James Keenan rolls out the new Puscifer album while Tool and A Perfect Circle wait in the wings

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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.  

DAAP Girls Release Stellar Sophomore Set

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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.

Sound Advice: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds with Smooth Hound Smith

Thursday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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 world.   

Sound Advice: Will Kimbrough

Saturday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
If there’s one phrase that Will Kimbrough’s family and friends don’t use in conversation with the renowned Roots/Rock singer/songwriter, it would have to be, “When you have some spare time…”

Sound Advice: Sinkane with Steven A. Clark

Sunday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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 recipes.

Sound Advice: Glen Hansard with Aoife O’Donovan

Tuesday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
No one is allowed to break my heart except Glen Hansard. And he does. Daily.  

Obama Denies Being Korn Singer

Plus, a "trivially stained" GG Allin dress can be yours and a town in the U.K. uses bagpipes to chase away the homeless

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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.

From the Mundane to the Sublime

Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman’s Ghostwriting project comes to the Contemporary Arts Center

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman has consistently won praise — and a devoted, growing international fan base — for the idiosyncratically observational details of his lyrics in songs.