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.)
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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.
Matt Pryor maintains a creative pace that
would give the most hyperactive Type A personality an inferiority
complex. The vocalist/guitarist started off in the Ska/Punk band Secret
Decoder Ring two decades ago. When that band dissolved in 1995, he
formed The Get Up Kids with the Pope brothers and Jim Suptic from fellow
Kansas City locals Kingpin.
How best to describe the lush danceable
laptop Hip Pop/Indie Rock of French Horn Rebellion? If you’re known by
the company you keep, the Milwaukee-raised/Brooklyn-based duo is rubbing
elbows with the right kind of people, including Savoir Adore, Nini Fabi
(HAERTS), Ghost Beach, MGMT and a veritable who’s who within the
Has it really been nearly a quarter
century since Alice in Chains broke Seattle’s mainstream Grunge seal
with “Man in the Box”? A lot has changed since that bluesy, metalized
wail dominated Rock radio, the most obvious being the 2002 death of
singer Layne Staley, whose drug issues long hampered the band’s
Chicago native Dave McDonnell and his wife settled into their
Cincinnati experience with their daughter’s arrival a couple years ago,
but the saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist attended a similarly joyous
birth when he and a collection of Chicago colleagues recorded his
about-to-be-released Post Jazz album, the dragon and the griffin.
Girls Guns and Glory is an unusual entity
in this day and age, a fairly normal band that rides the rail of the
early Country music influences found in Rock & Roll. Still, they are
modern in their sensibilities and are not a part of the current retro
trend in roots music.
Goodness gracious, I can’t seem to stop listening to Ellie Goulding. The day-glow princess released her second album, Halcyon,
more than a year ago. It quickly became an obsession for tons of Synth
Pop and Dance music fans — and plenty of less synth-obsessed music
Tegan and Sara’s seventh full-length, last year’s Heartthrob,
is a sleek, synth-driven affair rife with the twins’ interweaving
vocals and enough hooks to power a dozen less-accomplished albums. It
represents the culmination of an evolution that has seen the
raven-haired Canadians move from Lilith Fair-nurtured, Indie Folk
upstarts to masters of perpetually heartsick Pop Rock.