It is always a fun endeavor to go to a smaller venue and
see a band on the rise, to take in a group that has the potential for
bigger and better things. That is the scenario for this week’s concert
by Ivan & Alyosha at the Mayday in Northside.
Billed as primer for the Chicago quartet Disappears’
fourth full-length, to be released later this year, the freshly minted
three-song EP Kone is a hypnotic dose of psyched-out Post Punk, an ominous soundtrack to a world that seems as dangerous and disturbing as ever.
Forget “love at first sight.” A cappella group Pentatonix had harmony at first sight. Recently,
they found viral-video success with “Evolution of Music,” a medley of
music from Gregorian Chants to contemporary Pop. Now, let them wow you.
Billy Bragg has been proffering his brand of topical Folk
Rock for more than 30 years now.
Curiously, Bragg’s first album in five years, Tooth & Nail,
is a wistful, less politically inclined affair anchored by the tasteful
production work of Joe Henry.
Beach House’s gauzy head-trips are marked
by the hypnotic voice of frontlady Victoria Legrand. Within the band’s
recorded output — which is now at four increasingly ear-pleasing albums
after the release of 2012’s Bloom, its second for SubPop
— Legrand comes off as an otherworldly figure, an ethereal being who
emits dreamy, mood-altering songs rife with ambiguous lyrics and enough
atmosphere to fill a Terrence Malick triple-bill.
Despite self-releasing 2007’s Courage To Grow and 2009’s Bright Side Of Life, SoCal Reggae/Rock crew Rebelution has steadily grown its audience (and also saw the second album debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Reggae chart). The band has been enthused about touring lately, in part because, with the arrival of Peace Of Mind, the group now has more songs than it can fit into a headlining set, giving members a chance to mix up set lists.
Psychedelic Indie rockers Fists of Love prep their debut album, I Sang My Heart Out to a Snake Once, for digital and vinyl release. Plus, Cincinnati area record stores get ready for this Saturday's huge international Record Store Day.
Researchers find that live music, played or sung, can help with the development of premature babies, Mick Jagger says no new Stones album, but Keith says, "Uh, yeah," and some in the media actually took time to report on boy band members/runners' non-injuries just hours after the Boston Marathon explosions.
Everything Akron/Family does is patently fascinating,
wildly evocative and compellingly mysterious. The Brooklyn, N.Y.,
collective assembled more than a decade ago and
quickly became a central element of the Williamsburg scene.
Chuck Mead had a hell of a run with the band BR549 in the
1990s. The AltCountry outfit, named after the phone number Junior
Samples would give out as part of a regular skit on that great American
TV show Hee Haw, was one of the premier
Rockabilly-band-with-a-Punk-edge groups of the day.
Victor Wooten is the apex four-stringer, the DaVincian
model for the guitar half of a rhythm section; he is the bassist’s
bassist. Wooten is a success in more than mere esoteric terms; the
Idaho native has won five Grammys and was named Bass Player of the Year
by Bass Player magazine three consecutive years.
Like former bandmate Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham has also developed another side,
another strength, in the eight solo albums he’s been releasing since
1997’s Escape From Monster Island. He’s a forcefully evocative
singer/songwriter whose deeply gruff, soulful voice is reminiscent of
Local rockers 500 Miles to Memphis celebrate their 10th birthday with a blow-out concert in Newport. Plus, area Folk/Americana artists unite to help Covington venue stay afloat, Rosie Carson, The Graveblankets and others perform for Cancer Family Care of Cincinnati at Molly Malone's in Covington and the Cincinnati Zoo's "Tunes & Blooms" concert series finally gets some spring-like weather.