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.

Sound Advice: Beach House with Jessica Pratt

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Now more than a decade into its artistic lifespan, Baltimore’s Beach House wanted a shift in approach when
it came time to write songs for what would become its fifth record, Depression Cherry.

Sound Advice: Marcia Ball

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Boogie Woogie/Swamp Rock piano pounder Marcia Ball is the poster child for the phrase “born to the craft.”   

Sound Advice: alt-J with San Fermin

Monday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
When asked in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the famously opinionated Liam Gallagher (formerly of Brit Rock stars Oasis) said this about music he was digging lately: “Do you know that track by alt-J, ‘Left Hand Free’? That is a great track. But alt-J can fuck right off as far as I’m concerned. It’s a great tune, and I paid 79 pence for it, but I am in no way a fan of alt-J.”   

Campaign Music Trolling

Plus, Whitney Houston (the hologram) to go on world tour and Hardcore band's singer fakes cancer

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Conservatives continue their trend of using music at campaign events by artists on the opposite end of the political spectrum; the people behind Hologram Tupac announce Hologram Whitney Houston world tour; vocalist for Pennsylvania Hardcore band allegedly fakes cancer for cash.

From Gray Sky to Greensky

Greensky Bluegrass found success through heavy touring and embracing its “Midwestern Jamgrass” niche

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
We often hear about things like the Punk revival and the endless offshoots it’s spawned. Or we find an article about the rebirth of Hip Hop and how its true culture never died. But what we don’t see or hear about quite as often is Bluegrass spinoffs like Midwestern Jamgrass. The reason, perhaps, is that many might beg the question — is that a thing?  

All-Star Cincy Hip Hop Lineup Joins Talib Kweli

Plus, Leo Coffeehouse stars new season at former home and The Mitchells and concert:nova team up for unique concert

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Some cross-generational Cincinnati Hip Hop champs (Hi-Tek, Donte from Mood and Buggs Tha Rocka) are currently doing a series of Ohio dates with modern legend Talib Kweli, including a Cincy stop at Bogart's. Plus, Leo Coffeehouse returns to Zion United Church of Christ in Norwood and The Mitchells and concert:nova team up for a unique cross-genre concert at the Woodward.

Sound Advice: The Damned

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
For anyone who would doubt the legitimacy of The Damned’s place in Punk history, the group’s early credentials speak for themselves.