Moonbow Goes Acoustic but Not Soft on New Release

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Northern Kentucky’s Moonbow has been making a name for itself with the heavy, Sabbath-indebted sound exemplified on the group’s impressive 2013 debut, The End of Time, which received glowing reviews from press outlets all over the world. But instead of going down the same path for its second effort, the foursome decided to throw a curveball in the form of an acoustic-based album.  

Sound Advice: Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Thursday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
In early 2011, just after The Black Crowes entered their second major hiatus, lead singer Chris Robinson decided to branch out, embarking on a solo endeavor that has become a new powerhouse of modern American Rock & Roll — Chris Robinson Brotherhood, known by devoted fans as CRB.  

Sound Advice: The Wood Brothers with Gill Landry

Sunday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Brothers Chris and Oliver Wood grew up in Colorado surrounded by the campfire music of their father and the storytelling poetics of their mother. So it was no surprise that both ended up as successful creatives, although, despite their shared roots, they didn’t work together for a significant portion of their careers.  

Sound Advice: Ivan & Alyosha with Plastic Ants

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
For the uninitiated, Ivan & Alyosha falls into the same nomenclature category as Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd — there are no Jethros, Floyds, Ivans or Alyoshas among their ranks. Ivan & Alyosha was initially comprised of vocalists/guitarists Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary, who gravitated from working in a variety of musical relationships to forming an exclusive duo in 2007.

Sound Advice: Torres with Brandi Carlile

Wednesday (Sept. 30) • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
When it came time to pick a producer for the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled debut, Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) decided to enlist PJ Harvey’s longtime drummer Rob Ellis, who in turn recruited several of his buddies, including Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley.   

Dead for Super Bowl Halftime?

Plus, Viet Cong announces name change and a Beatles clip causes controversy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Bruno Mars is rumored to be in the running to perform at the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show (again!), but a fan is asking, "Why not the Grateful Dead?" instead. Plus, Canada's Viet Cong is planning to change its name due to feedback on its insensitivity and a Beatles-era clip of John Lennon mocking the learning disabled has shocked and disappointed many fans.   

Choose Your Own MidPoint Adventure

The 2015 MidPoint Music Festival presents a wide array of leading-edge music-makers and much more

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The most common question associated with Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival — besides “Are you going?” — is probably something along the lines of, “Who should I go see?”   

The Youngish and the Restless

A dozen years in and Heartless Bastards have yet to plateau, as evidenced by their latest album, Restless Ones

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It’s been six years since Erika Wennerstrom picked up stakes and moved herself and Heartless Bastards from Cincinnati to Austin, Texas.    

Knocked Out by a Bully

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Bully burst onto the scene armed with founder and frontperson Alicia Bognanno’s uniquely emotive voice and incisive and direct lyrical excursions, which bring to mind Juliana Hatfield crossed with L7. It’s also probably no coincidence that, sonically, Bully comes on like a cross between Hatfield’s first band, Blake Babies, and L7’s more accessible outings.  

The Creative Life of Ryley

Record-store quests for old and interesting music helped Ryley Walker develop his acclaimed Folk/Jazz sound

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Ryley Walker’s song “Primrose Green” stops you in your tracks when you hear it on the radio. And it’s been played on the radio a lot, both on Americana and AltRock/college stations, since Walker’s album of the same name was released earlier this year.  

His Roots are Showing

Pokey LaFarge finds the timelessness in early-20th-century American music

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Pokey LaFarge is proud of his Midwestern heritage. The singer/songwriter is also a staunch baseball fan who grew up in Illinois, but now makes his home in Missouri.  

Falcons Are Go! Again!

Local greats Warsaw Falcons look ahead and back simultaneously with fresh reunion gigs and archival releases

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2015
David Rhodes Brown and Warsaw Falcons must feel as though they’re in some bizarre nexus of the Bermuda Triangle and the Hot Tub Time Machine.

With Love (and Murder) in Her Heart

Colorful singer/songwriter Nellie McKay covers ’60s rockers on My Weekly Reader

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
An interview with Nellie McKay, the British-born, American-raised singer/songwriter and vocal stylist who performs a solo show this week at Cincinnati’s 20th Century Theater, can be as unpredictable as her career itself. But it’s also frequently greatly pleasurable, just like her music.   

Royal Holland Continues to Blossom on Second EP

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Earlier this summer, Newport, Ky.-based singer/songwriter Matt Mooney released the second of three planned EPs under his project named Royal Holland, Volume Two – Flamingo.   

Sound Advice: Death Cab for Cutie with Twin Shadow

Friday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
My three favorite band names inspired by unlikely sources would be: a) Steely Dan, after the chrome-plated dildo in William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch; b) Toad the Wet Sprocket, a band name concocted by Monty Python for one of its sketches; and c) Death Cab for Cutie, taken from a song by the critically underappreciated (in the U.S., at least) Bonzo Dog Band from its 1967 debut album, Gorilla.