Hailing from the wilds of Idaho and now
based in the teeming weirdness of Portland, Ore., identical twins
Katelyn and Laurie Shook comprise half of the Shook Twins, their
truthfully billed acoustic Folk outfit.
With Cincinnati, when looking at the past
five to 10 years of growth, it’s hard not to give a lot of credit to the
artists and musicians who’ve consistently created intriguing art for
the citizens, as well as the fans and leaders who support and assist
More than a decade ago, Cody ChesnuTT
sequestered himself in the bedroom studio he dubbed The Sonic
Promiseland, writing songs and making sounds with absolutely no
intention of ever allowing the results of his sonic experiments loose in
the wider world.
often hard to discern what the hell frontman Alex Edkins is raging on
about, but it doesn’t matter much when your frontal lobe is blown off
via the trio’s lacerating racket, which sounds like In Utero-era Nirvana on fast-forward or Fugazi at its immersive, air-raid-siren best.
Warpaint emits a hypnotic, groove-based
blend of textures and emotions that could only have sprouted from the
fertile imaginations of its four members. There’s a mysterious, unpredictable element to the band’s
lush vocals and mood-altering soundscapes that is all its own.
At the same time, the band has
tweaked its approach, as Lynn set aside his guitar to concentrate on his
frontman skills at the mic. This has allowed Glistovski to take up the
guitar slack and become more inventive, which has subsequently tightened
up the Ittle/Lambchop rhythm section.
MDR is the project of Cincinnati’s Brian Penick, a former
drummer for several touring/recording bands like The Seedy Seeds and
Bottom Line, who stopped playing music to start the
development/marketing/events promo company The Counter Rhythm Group.
Bluegrass for Babies, featuring local artists Wild Carrot and Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, returns to Sawyer Point Saturday to raise money for the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Plus, King Records Month continues, CityBeat hosts a pre-MidPoint Music Festival party, Jerry's Little Band turns 20 and Abiyah Presents Hip Hop @
The Comet presents a special "open mic" edition.
In 2011, Atlas Genius was swamped with
gigs, recording and fall exams, so the members neglected their email for
a few weeks. When they checked it, they found dozens of messages from
industry reps proffering label deals, management, bookings and legal
advice. By early 2012, “Trojans” had hit the top of Sirius XM channel
Alt Nation’s chart.
Patrick Stickles’ impassioned yelps are
impossible to ignore. The frontman for New Jersey-based Indie Rock
outfit Titus Andronicus sounds as if he’s on fire, fueled by the passion
of his dense, richly detailed lyrical concerns, which range from the
American Civil War and the dangers of contemporary capitalism to food
fights and getting trashed.
One spin through O’ Be Joyful
provides plenty of evidence as to what keeps drawing the faithful and
converting the uninitiated. Ranging from twangy Folk to amped-up Country
to full-bore Americana stomp, Shovels & Rope channel John Doe and
Exene Cervenka channeling Timbuk 3 channeling Johnny Cash and June