When Keb’ Mo’ comes to our area this weekend, he does so 10 days before the
release of his first solo recording in three years. Titled BLUESAmericana, the album’s name captures the multi-genre lines that Mo’ has crossed throughout his career.
Punk Rock covers a lot of serious, meaty
topics — individualism, anger, materialism, rebellion. But as
Guttermouth has proven, Punk Rock can also be about spitting in the face
of propriety for the sheer pleasure of it: They are reportedly banned
in Canada and have a song about a donkey sex show.
In light of reports from shows in Australia and New Zealand (and with a heavy dose of wishful thinking), here are some suggestions for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's set at their tour stop in Cincinnati.
Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have known
each other since attending junior high together in upstate New York in
the late ’90s. Their friendship came in handy when, in 2007, Carter was
looking to start a new musical project, one in which Hip Hop beats could
commingle with atmospheric Indie Pop. Enter Phantogram.
Local Folk Metal band Winterhymn launches crowd-funding campaign to help with its upcoming national tour, while Chamber/Folk/Indie foursome The Happy Maladies goes to its fans for help with a pair of ambitious recording projects. Plus, Mainstay Rock Bar celebrates its fifth birthday and the Cincinnati Zoo's free Tunes & Blooms concerts begin.
One Pilots’ fervent fan base radiates outward from their Columbus
headquarters, so it’s no surprise that the faithful showed up in full force for 2012 Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati like a mellow Mongol hoard.
Metallers Bobaflex's most recent recording is last fall’s self-released and short but
shredding Charlatan’s Web, featuring the leering Kiss-meets-Van
Halen “School for Young Ladies” and the my-fist-your-cold-face
dirge/anthem “I’m Glad You’re Dead.”
For eight years, Dom Flemons was a part
of the retro-yet-groundbreaking Carolina Chocolate Drops. After a great run that included a Grammy and wide-spread critical acclaim, Flemons decided to break away last year and strike out on his
Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is a
mysterious lady whose increasingly impressive musical output is informed
by her expressive guitar playing and catchy, intricately crafted songs.
St. Vincent’s just-released, self-titled fourth album is rife with
contradiction, syncopated rhythms and surreal flourishes, the work of an
artist who continues to expand her horizons.
Last October, Bobby Bare was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His long career featured some
twists and turns that found him leaving his southern Ohio home to try
and find success in California and elsewhere before eventually landing
in Nashville. Along the way, Cincinnati’s Fraternity Records played an
unexpected part in his success.
Cincinnati Reggae/Soul greats The Pinstripes celebrate their 10th anniversary and announce a pull-back from live shows. Plus, 'Mistaken for Strangers' (featuring the Cincy natives of The National) opens locally, The Harlequins prep live album, Automagik returns and Serenity Fisher sings in the name of love.
Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn, doing
business as New Bums, are the sound of Bob Dylan and Neil Young raised
as brothers on the mean streets of New York, singing dark songs of
contemporary survival and busking for change with a cardboard sign that
reads “Paul Westerberg Relief Fund,” although they’re spending the money
on 40s and weed.
It seems almost unfathomable, but
Johnette Napolitano has been a musical fixture for over three decades,
with her pummeling bass style, distinctive and alluring dusky vocal rasp
and an almost Zelig-like knack for aligning herself with some of Rock’s
more prominent personalities.
Veteran, multifaceted Cincinnati Hip Hop
artist/promoter Abiyah has teamed up with Brooklyn, N.Y.’s R&B/Hip
Hop vocalist Corina Corina (whose latest album, The Free Way, was
just released) for a two-week jaunt through the East Coast and Midwest,
which began on Corina’s turf in mid-March and comes to Abiyah’s home
base this week.