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.
Chuck Prophet is making some of the best music of his
career. Jangly, unique and rocking, Prophet’s jams should be reaching a
bigger audience. But fickleness and modern tastes don’t always coincide
with true creativity that may be lying in the grass like a snake.
Prolific singer/songwriter Mark Utley has released a single album’s worth of songs. And that’s all.Bulletville, Utley’s excellent
sophomore solo album, is not a double-set on a single CD or accompanied
by a new release from his band Magnolia Mountain or another musical
vessel for the songs that pour endlessly from his head, heart and hands.
The first Zines, Screens & Screams Fest, a celebration of DIY music and culture, comes to Main Street in Over-the-Rhine this Friday and Saturday. Plus, local Alt Pop Rock band Hot for Alice celebrates its debut album release, Sirens, and The Warsaw Falcons are back and playing this weekend with longtime friends The Tigerlilies and JetLab.
While there is now a genre of music
officially called Americana — a category that can either be
characterized as full of diverse artists who aren’t afraid of mixing
Roots music in with their sound or as a way to promote and market
artists who can’t get on Country radio — there is still an unfortunate
desire to drag artists like Liz Longley into the Country music miasma.
You could glean a great deal about
singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb and his wife/bandmate/occasional
co-writer Ellie from the fact that they named their first child Emmylou.
The Holcombs’ daughter arrived almost simultaneously with Drew Holcomb
& The Neighbors’ 2013 album Good Light, a set that was
ecstatically received by the band’s zealous fan base and positively
reviewed by an increasingly jaded coterie of music critics.