In the bustling, sprawling world of music
— really, any medium — there will always be worthwhile artists who go
generally overlooked. Though they have achieved some underground fame,
The Lawrence Arms are one of those bands that deserves better.
“Feel the Chill,” the first song on Blitzen Trapper’s latest, 2013’s succinctly titled VII, finds the Portland, Ore., outfit in new territory — it sounds like Kid Rock doing Mellow Gold-era
Beck covers, its funky beats, harmonica flourishes and Southern-fried
guitar lines almost enough to inspire dance-floor movement.
It’s not surprising that Cincinnati's Aaron Collins
chose to conduct our recent interview in a coffee shop. Given the
entries in his planning calendar, which include juggling his work
schedule, two bands and all the activities related to his debut solo
album, Godlessly Oscillating, one wouldn’t be surprised if Collins were taking his caffeine intravenously these days.
Circus of the Sun, Matt Mooney and Billy Catfish return to local stages this week. Plus, The Whiskey Shambles win Northeast Ohio Blues Association Blues
Challenge, earning a slot at the International Blues Challenge, and Taste of Cincinnati returns with some piping hot local music.
The cover of Grieves’ fourth full-length album, Winter & the Wolves,
features the Seattle-based rapper standing in a wintery landscape, his
black-clad frame engulfed by snow and ice. He’s holding a pickaxe, as if
ready to take on whatever challenge might come his way. It’s a curious
cover art choice in a Hip Hop world often bound by conformity.
Supergroups are problematic in that egos
and talent levels tend to cancel each other out, and musical
combinations that sound good in theory often implode in the execution
phase. The other musical construct that can be fraught with its own
particular series of pitfalls is the
musician-carrying-on-the-family-name scenario. Royal Southern Brotherhood would seem to
be flying in the face of a boatload of potential negatives as their
lineup reflects both situations.
Dawes is back! Why? I’m sure there are
legitimate reasons for their tour, but I’m going to wager that it’s
mostly just because they love Cincinnati so much. (Oh, and they're backing tourmate Conor Oberst during his headlining set.)
Spotify lets users know it's not their fault new albums by The Black Keys and Coldplay aren't available to stream, Led Zeppelin to suffer rare plagiarism lawsuit not involving an old Blues song and music news outlets went crazy with the announcement that Morrissey was tweeting … except he wasn't.
Rodney Crowell’s visit to Cincinnati this
week might seem to be just a routine return of an “old hand”
Roots-music singer/songwriter — his first solo album, Ain’t Living Long Like This, was released in 1978. But there are some dramatic new developments in Crowell’s long career.
Real Estate, Tycho, Sun Kil Moon and more join The Afghan Whigs in the MidPoint Music Festival lineup, local bands are being sought for a music video project, OTR Summer Celebration and 4EGsquare showcase local music (for free), Evening Redness debuts and Margaret Darling and friends cover full albums.
Potty Mouth features four ladies who call Northampton, Mass.,
home, which makes sense — the band’s full-length debut, last year’s Hell Bent,
sounds like it hails from the same place that spawned Dinosaur Jr.,
with noisy, interlocking guitars evoking a distinctly early-’90s vibe.