The Oarsman lead singer Marcus Christopher Maloney’s voice is therapy at its cheapest. No alcohol is needed to sink into the quiet misery from which the listener ultimately lifts hope from the beautifully mundane topics about which Maloney sings.
Charlie Parr makes the old new. He has recorded 11 studio albums that treat traditional American music as a living, evolving musical form. On his most recent record, this year’s Barnswallow, he sings gruffly and plays banjo and two National steel guitars along with accompanists on washboard, thumb piano, harmonica, jaw-harp and stomping feet.
Since canceling the long-running Scribble
Jam Hip Hop fest almost five years ago, co-founder Nick Accurso and his
fellow organizers have been inundated with requests to bring it back. But Accurso’s not going backward. “I’d rather let it die for what it was than create a new history that’s just so-so,” he says.
The nearly decade old Cincinnati-based record label Phratry Records releases a new four-way split single featuring locals Mala in Se and Knife the Symphony, as well as Aperiodic and Joe 4. Plus, area Metal crew Freak celebrate its new EP, Blue Wisp hosts a fundraiser for an area high school marching band and Grand Oversoul returns for Transitions Global benefit.
The Koffin Kats have self-described their
musical vision as Gothabilly, and it’s difficult to argue with that
effective compound word assessment. A few discerning listens reveal the
Detroit trio also exhibits the tattoos of Punk, Metal, Surf, Garage and
Psych, and while that could be considered Rock critic nitpicking,
there’s no arguing the fact that the Koffin Kats are the raucous and
visceral sum of a whole lot of frenetically moving parts.
Former Ponys frontman Jered Gummere took
an extended hiatus after the demise of his previous noisemaking unit,
even going as far as to get a day job at a friend’s woodshop. When he finally felt the twitch to make music again, forming
Bare Mutants with four other Windy City buddies, it was no surprise that The Velvet Underground would be at the forefront of his mind.
Coalescing in Sacramento, Calif., more
than a dozen years ago, !!! (pronounced "Chk Chk Chk") is one of the prime
members of the Dance Punk movement it helped usher in with such
like-minded new-millennium acts as LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean and
Internationally successful Cincinnati rockers Foxy Shazam talk about this weekend's hometown shows and reveal just a few details about their forthcoming fifth album, recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini.
Cincinnati "Tribal Rock" duo Acarya releases compelling new EP this Friday, Healing Power (the artists formerly known as Pomegranates) prepares to say farewell with a final show and new release this weekend and Shake It Records mines Cincinnati's musical past again with a new re-issue of the oft-bootlegged 1969 album from Larry and Danny Goshorn's Sacred Mushroom.
Eric Kuhn and Erica Fink have been making
beautiful music together for a relatively short time, but the Oakland, Calif., duo’s easy
rapport and creative chemistry is immediately evident in their warm,
gauzy, minimalistic Indie Pop.
Naming a band The Melodic means you
instantly have a lot to live up to. That’s no problem here — The Melodic
are, indeed, beautifully melodic. And the new British Folk ensemble’s
free local appearance Friday should be a delight.