Stones Throw label honcho Peanut Butter
Wolf heard some of Mayer Hawthorne’s early songs and was convinced they were real
Soul deals from the ’60s/’70s, retooled from a modern mindset. When the
truth was revealed, Wolf signed Hawthorne instantly.
Denmark has yielded a number of
intriguing artists over the years, none more compelling of late than
Lars von Trier, a provocative filmmaker whose latest effort, Nymphomaniac,
is as graphic and emotionally caustic as its title would suggest. Yet
Quadron, an Electro Soul outfit from Copenhagen,
comes from the opposite end of the artistic spectrum, delivering sleek
slow-jams with titles like “Favorite Star,” “Hey Love” and “Crush.”
The Detroit Electronic duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.,
which brings its counter-intuitive name and fun Quirk Groove jams to the
20th Century Theater this week,
insists on keeping its music light and breezy, infectious and upbeat.
EDM this is not, as the band takes more cues from 1960s Beatles-esque
Pop and New Wave than Skrillex.
Nike releases Kanye West's new shoe like Beyonce releases a new album, Russia scrambles to find relevant Russian pop cultural touchstones for the Olympics' opening ceremonies and the social media world freaks out because the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't plug their instruments in during the Super Bowl halftime show.
Julianna Barwick, whose music consists of
ethereal and largely wordless vocals looped and otherwise layered to
achieve a haunting choral effect as she plays keyboards, has booked some
unusual venues for the tour that brings her to Cincinnati this week.
The Cincy Blues Society's Winter Blues Fest returns this weekend with two strong national headliners and oodles of top-notch local talent. Plus, Prizoner, Sonny Moorman, Stagger Lee and more unite to raise autism awareness at the fifth annual Autism Rocks benefit concert.
G. Love & Special Sauce return to Cincinnati to promote the upcoming album Sugar and celebrate the 20th anniversary of
their breakthrough self-titled debut album, featuring hits like “Cold
Beverage.” The band’s first set will be that debut LP in its entirety.
Blackberry Smoke isn’t a
stereotypical Southern Rock band, in that they don’t tend to stretch out
solos for half an hour. But along with a fresh batch of good original
songs, they do bring that basic Southern Rock/Outlaw Country groove that
fills the need for down-to-earth, blue collar Rock & Roll.
The Black Angels’ tag-team with Roky
Erickson for something called the Winter Psych Storm Tour is almost too
obvious. The five-piece Psych Rock crew has long adored the era in which
Erickson was a trailblazing figure with The 13th Floor Elevators.