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The Words of Aaron

Former SHADOWRAPTR drummer Aaron Collins goes solo in a big way with 'Godlessly Oscillating'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
It’s not surprising that Cincinnati's Aaron Collins chose to conduct our recent interview in a coffee shop. Given the entries in his planning calendar, which include juggling his work schedule, two bands and all the activities related to his debut solo album, Godlessly Oscillating, one wouldn’t be surprised if Collins were taking his caffeine intravenously these days.  

Introductions and Returns

Circus of the Sun, Matt Mooney and Billy Catfish return to the stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Circus of the Sun, Matt Mooney and Billy Catfish return to local stages this week. Plus, The Whiskey Shambles win Northeast Ohio Blues Association Blues Challenge, earning a slot at the International Blues Challenge, and Taste of Cincinnati returns with some piping hot local music.
  

Grieves with SonReal

Wednesday • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The cover of Grieves’ fourth full-length album, Winter & the Wolves, features the Seattle-based rapper standing in a wintery landscape, his black-clad frame engulfed by snow and ice. He’s holding a pickaxe, as if ready to take on whatever challenge might come his way. It’s a curious cover art choice in a Hip Hop world often bound by conformity.
  

Royal Southern Brotherhood with The Dallas Moore Band

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Supergroups are problematic in that egos and talent levels tend to cancel each other out, and musical combinations that sound good in theory often implode in the execution phase. The other musical construct that can be fraught with its own particular series of pitfalls is the musician-carrying-on-the-family-name scenario. Royal Southern Brotherhood would seem to be flying in the face of a boatload of potential negatives as their lineup reflects both  situations.   

Conor Oberst with Dawes

Tuesday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Conor Oberst burst out of his Omaha, Neb., bedroom seemingly fully formed, a precocious teen armed with a verbose vocabulary and enough emotion to make The Cure look stoic by comparison.
  

Dawes with Conor Oberst

Tuesday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Dawes is back! Why? I’m sure there are legitimate reasons for their tour, but I’m going to wager that it’s mostly just because they love Cincinnati so much. (Oh, and they're backing tourmate Conor Oberst during his headlining set.)   

Glue with Durazzo and AF the Naysayer

Friday • Mayday

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Indie Hip Hop supergroup Glue hasn’t performed in more than five years, but on Friday two-thirds of the crew will reassemble for a Glue reunion show in Northside.   

Non-Streamer Shaming?

Spotify calls out non-Spotify artists, Led Zep gets sued again and Morrissey is not on Twitter

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Spotify lets users know it's not their fault new albums by The Black Keys and Coldplay aren't available to stream, Led Zeppelin to suffer rare plagiarism lawsuit not involving an old Blues song and music news outlets went crazy with the announcement that Morrissey was tweeting … except he wasn't.
  

After All This Time

Forty years into his successful career, Rodney Crowell continues to experiment with and hone his craft

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Rodney Crowell’s visit to Cincinnati this week might seem to be just a routine return of an “old hand” Roots-music singer/songwriter — his first solo album, Ain’t Living Long Like This, was released in 1978. But there are some dramatic new developments in Crowell’s long career.  

More MidPoint Music Fest Performers Announced

Plus, bands sought for music video project, OTR Summer Celebration and 4EGsquare showcase local music, Evening Redness debuts and Margaret Darling and friends cover full albums

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Real Estate, Tycho, Sun Kil Moon and more join The Afghan Whigs in the MidPoint Music Festival lineup, local bands are being sought for a music video project, OTR Summer Celebration and 4EGsquare showcase local music (for free), Evening Redness debuts and Margaret Darling and friends cover full albums.  

of Montreal with Dream Tiger and The Nightbeast

Saturday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Founded in the ’90s in Athens, Ga., and guided by the mad-genius Avant Pop songwriting instincts of Kevin Barnes, of Montreal is one of the more compelling Indie acts going.  

Potty Mouth with Fleabite

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Potty Mouth features four ladies who call Northampton, Mass., home, which makes sense — the band’s full-length debut, last year’s Hell Bent, sounds like it hails from the same place that spawned Dinosaur Jr., with noisy, interlocking guitars evoking a distinctly early-’90s vibe.  

Matt Pryor with Blue Of Colors, Bob Nanna, Mark Rose and JT Woodruff

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Matt Pryor maintains a creative pace that would give the most hyperactive Type A personality an inferiority complex. The vocalist/guitarist started off in the Ska/Punk band Secret Decoder Ring two decades ago. When that band dissolved in 1995, he formed The Get Up Kids with the Pope brothers and Jim Suptic from fellow Kansas City locals Kingpin.
  

French Horn Rebellion with Hey Champ

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
How best to describe the lush danceable laptop Hip Pop/Indie Rock of French Horn Rebellion? If you’re known by the company you keep, the Milwaukee-raised/Brooklyn-based duo is rubbing elbows with the right kind of people, including Savoir Adore, Nini Fabi (HAERTS), Ghost Beach, MGMT and a veritable who’s who within the Electronic/DJ/Dance culture.
  

Alice in Chains

Saturday • Horseshoe Casino

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Has it really been nearly a quarter century since Alice in Chains broke Seattle’s mainstream Grunge seal with “Man in the Box”? A lot has changed since that bluesy, metalized wail dominated Rock radio, the most obvious being the 2002 death of singer Layne Staley, whose drug issues long hampered the band’s evolution.