There’s an interesting paradigm in
Folk/Americana singer/songwriter Arlo McKinley’s career. McKinley has only been on the
scene since 2012; his alter ego, Tim Carr, was a back-of-the-stage
fixture for many years. But when Carr moved into the spotlight to front his Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, he found
it necessary to adopt a new persona to handle the increased attention.
The cover for The War on Drugs’ latest album, Lost in the Dream,
finds frontman Adam Granduciel looking down pensively, his fuzzy,
mop-headed silhouette semi-obscured by light flowing through a window.
The gauzy image is the perfect encapsulation of the Philadelphia band’s
brand of melancholic Psych Pop, a sound at once familiar and tough to
entirely pin down.
When Keb’ Mo’ comes to our area this weekend, he does so 10 days before the
release of his first solo recording in three years. Titled BLUESAmericana, the album’s name captures the multi-genre lines that Mo’ has crossed throughout his career.
Punk Rock covers a lot of serious, meaty
topics — individualism, anger, materialism, rebellion. But as
Guttermouth has proven, Punk Rock can also be about spitting in the face
of propriety for the sheer pleasure of it: They are reportedly banned
in Canada and have a song about a donkey sex show.
In light of reports from shows in Australia and New Zealand (and with a heavy dose of wishful thinking), here are some suggestions for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's set at their tour stop in Cincinnati.
Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have known
each other since attending junior high together in upstate New York in
the late ’90s. Their friendship came in handy when, in 2007, Carter was
looking to start a new musical project, one in which Hip Hop beats could
commingle with atmospheric Indie Pop. Enter Phantogram.
Local Folk Metal band Winterhymn launches crowd-funding campaign to help with its upcoming national tour, while Chamber/Folk/Indie foursome The Happy Maladies goes to its fans for help with a pair of ambitious recording projects. Plus, Mainstay Rock Bar celebrates its fifth birthday and the Cincinnati Zoo's free Tunes & Blooms concerts begin.
One Pilots’ fervent fan base radiates outward from their Columbus
headquarters, so it’s no surprise that the faithful showed up in full force for 2012 Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati like a mellow Mongol hoard.
Metallers Bobaflex's most recent recording is last fall’s self-released and short but
shredding Charlatan’s Web, featuring the leering Kiss-meets-Van
Halen “School for Young Ladies” and the my-fist-your-cold-face
dirge/anthem “I’m Glad You’re Dead.”
For eight years, Dom Flemons was a part
of the retro-yet-groundbreaking Carolina Chocolate Drops. After a great run that included a Grammy and wide-spread critical acclaim, Flemons decided to break away last year and strike out on his
Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is a
mysterious lady whose increasingly impressive musical output is informed
by her expressive guitar playing and catchy, intricately crafted songs.
St. Vincent’s just-released, self-titled fourth album is rife with
contradiction, syncopated rhythms and surreal flourishes, the work of an
artist who continues to expand her horizons.