Ben Knight, Coconut Milk and More New Local Releases

Plus, news on new efforts from Jane Decker and The Rubber Knife Gang and the 'Bootleggers & Hustlers Volume One' compilation

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Cincinnati area artists Ben Knight & the Welldiggers, Coconut Milk, Jane Decker and The Rubber Knife Gang celebrate new releases this week. Plus, Arnold's and Neltner Small Batch collaborate on a new local music compilation set for release on Record Store Day.

Cory Branan with Tim Easton

Wednesday • Taft Theater (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
As invigoratingly honest Americana continues to blossom amid the musical banalities of Modern Country like a desert rose, it brings with it a new phenomenon: the “No-Hit Wonder,” those troubadours whose grittily propulsive, slyly smart songs just can’t get commercial Country airplay. It is to them that Cory Branan has dedicated the title song of his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder.  

Guster with Kishi Bashi

Wednesday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
It hardly seems possible that next year marks the 25th anniversary of the meeting of guitarists Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner and percussionist Brian Rosenworcel, freshmen at Tufts University who turned their dorm room songwriting hobby into a quarter century of Alt Rock/Folk Pop wonder as Guster.

The Suicide Machines with Break Anchor, Bastardous, Derek Grant and Loudmouth

Thursday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
In the Ska/Punk canon, no titan stands mightier than 1989’s Energy, the only album from Operation Ivy. But in 1996, Detroit outfit The Suicide Machines came close to matching that shooting star’s power and prowess with their first album, Destruction By Definition.  

Lucy Wainwright Roche with Cheryl Wheeler

Thursday • The Redmoor

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If my family should ever disown me and I’m forced to find a new one, I would start by begging Loudon Wainwright III to adopt me. Talent seems to spew from his every orifice and I want a piece of it. He already gave his envy-worthy genes to three incredibly talented musicians — Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Roche, in my estimate, got the lion’s share of that talent, though.  

Brian Is (Not) a Punk Rocker

Brian Wilson's never heard of Punk, Frances Bean Cobain makes headlines and some major labels considering talk show cutbacks

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Brian Wilson is asked his opinion on Punk, asks what the hell that even is; Frances Bean Cobain's musical tastes make headlines; and some major labels are reportedly considering putting the kibosh on bonus music clips for artists appearing on talk shows.

Prophet, Sharing

The collaborative-minded Chuck Prophet’s latest, Night Surfer, is one of the best albums of his storied career

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Chuck Prophet is making some of the best music of his career. Jangly, unique and rocking, Prophet’s jams should be reaching a bigger audience. But fickleness and modern tastes don’t always coincide with true creativity that may be lying in the grass like a snake.  

The Utley Truth

Cincinnati’s Mark Utley releases his second solo effort, Bulletville, and resurrects Magnolia Mountain

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Prolific singer/songwriter Mark Utley has released a single album’s worth of songs. And that’s all. Bulletville, Utley’s excellent sophomore solo album, is not a double-set on a single CD or accompanied by a new release from his band Magnolia Mountain or another musical vessel for the songs that pour endlessly from his head, heart and hands.  

DIY Music and Culture Fest Debuts in Over-the-Rhine

Plus, Hot for Alice releases its full-length debut and The Warsaw Falcons play the Woodward

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The first Zines, Screens & Screams Fest, a celebration of DIY music and culture, comes to Main Street in Over-the-Rhine this Friday and Saturday. Plus, local Alt Pop Rock band Hot for Alice celebrates its debut album release, Sirens, and The Warsaw Falcons are back and playing this weekend with longtime friends The Tigerlilies and JetLab.

Liz Longley with Brian Wright

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
While there is now a genre of music officially called Americana — a category that can either be characterized as full of diverse artists who aren’t afraid of mixing Roots music in with their sound or as a way to promote and market artists who can’t get on Country radio — there is still an unfortunate desire to drag artists like Liz Longley into the Country music miasma.  

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors with Humming House

Thursday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
You could glean a great deal about singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb and his wife/bandmate/occasional co-writer Ellie from the fact that they named their first child Emmylou. The Holcombs’ daughter arrived almost simultaneously with Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors’ 2013 album Good Light, a set that was ecstatically received by the band’s zealous fan base and positively reviewed by an increasingly jaded coterie of music critics.

Colleen Green with Upset and Leggy

Sunday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Colleen Green’s third full-length (and first album recorded in an actual recording studio) is titled I Want to Grow Up, which is no coincidence. Well, that is if you equate a glossier sound and trying to kick coffee and weed as growing up.


Tuesday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Very few bands have successfully incorporated as many genres and directions into their groovy, improvisation-heavy Jam Band presentation as Lotus. For the past 16 years, the Philadelphia-based quintet has carved out a niche within the admittedly open and accepting Jam community with a fascinating combination of late ’90s Pop Rock, gadgety Electronica, noodly Fusion, raise-the-roof Funk, reflective Chillwave and positive Hip Hop.

Tidal Waves “Hello”; Public Sneers Back

Tidal enters the crowded streaming music scene, Common gets cut from speech and Ted Nugent is still Ted Nugent

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The new superstar-backed streaming service Tidal is unveiled to a largely skeptical public, rapper and Academy Award winner Common gets axed from college commencement speech over 15-year-old song and Obama-basher Ted Nugent calls Al Sharpton a "racist mongrel" to get attention.

Moore Is More

Dallas Moore’s new album, Dark Horse Rider, caps an amazingly fruitful stretch for the Country/Rock kingpin

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2015
In the years between 2002's High on the Hog and 2008's Tales from a Road King, Greater Cincinnati Country artist Dallas Moore and his band  toured relentlessly with a boundless appetite for the road and its greater and lesser sins. Since Road King, he’s put out several releases, including his latest album of powerful originals, Dark Horse Rider.