Local Blues artists The Whiskey Shambles and The Sonny Moorman Group prepare to head to Memphis to compete in the annual International Blues Challenge. Plus, the CEAs are just around the corner, Lonesome
Jared and the Heart Attacks and New Strange celebrate new releases and Dan
Faehnle tributes Jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery.
If you’re caught not
gettin’ down at a Particle concert, it may be assumed that you’re either
not hip enough to groove, have a fat rock in your shoe or are sadly too
self-conscious to let your limbs loose.
The website skyrange.net makes you feel worse about your paycheck by breaking down how much music's highest earners made per second, engineers working on Neil Young's PonoMusic reportedly question whether the "high definition" sound is any better than CD-quality and, with no original members, Soft Rock champs Little River Band get the axe from a Tonight Show appearance after former members complain.
The Cincinnati quartet may have taken
five years to release their first full-length, last year’s bracing and
infectious Cause + Effect, but the members seem as energetic and
eager to move to the next phase as they must have been when they first
coalesced as a band half a decade ago.
Veteran Cincinnati musician Chris Arduser releases his latest stellar solo album, Flibbertigibbet. Plus, the Best New Bands showcase lineup at Bogart's is announced and School of Rock Mason hosts a benefit concert for the Rock School Scholarship Fund.
The band’s skronky
Psychedelic Blues with a side of Soul and a sprinkle of Pop melodicism
was an easy sell to local fans of the Buffalo Killers’ loping Psych Pop
thunder and the Heartless Bastards’ quirky Indie Blues mutations.
Either there’s an evolution/revolution
going on down in the hills of Tennessee or someone has spiked the water
supply with a chemical blend of adrenaline and amphetamine, because the
Riff Rock sounds emanating from the state these days could strip the
bark off a redwood tree at 50 paces.
What is awesome and innovative about 10
String Symphony is that while both Sedelmyer and Baiman are profuse in
the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Celtic styles, they possess an open-minded
bent for blatantly Progressive music as well.
After Kanye collab, a bunch of people jokingly ask, "Who is Paul McCartney?" triggering more than a few freak-outs, They Might Be Giants restart its Dial-A-Song project, where fans can call a number (or use other tech) to hear a new tune every day and a royalty collections company wants a Swedish car rental company to pay for having radios in its cars.
My 10 favorite albums of 2014 (minus
Beyoncé’s last-minute 2013 surprise, the fascinating new D’Angelo
record, which I’ve only listened to a handful of times since it dropped
Dec. 15, and the new Spoon, which, though reliably stellar, sounds
pretty much like the last five Spoon albums since D’s last one, Voodoo, hit 15 years ago).