If there’s a commemorative tablet
somewhere inscribed with the names of the most unlikely people to be
drawn into the Grateful Dead’s musical universe, Jackie Greene should be
chiseled on it along with Pop/Jazz pianist Bruce Hornsby and former
Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick.
If Cruz Contreras’ name sounds familiar,
you may remember his stint with Robinella and the CCstringband, the
jazzy Bluegrass group he co-founded with his wife Robinella Bailey in
the late ’90s (he was “CC,” naturally).
The Men are busy. Formed in Brooklyn in
2008 by co-frontdudes/guitarists Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, the
current five-piece has dropped five albums in the last five years, the
last four for its hometown label Sacred Bones.
Just a few weeks ago, Daylight was out on
the road with Bayside, Four Year Strong and Cincinnati’s very own
Mixtapes, tearing things up good and proper and getting great notices
for their efforts. Apparently, lawyers were paying particular attention,
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.