If it were to be said that Cincinnati's SHADOWRAPTR makes atmospheric music, it would be necessary to be very
specific which atmosphere it best represents … and that atmosphere is a
spaceship that has stumbled into a whole new solar system.
Reggae crew The Cliftones release new single, "Hold Steady," while Indie Rock stars The National announce new LP details and Grey Host and Gabriel's Hounds show the many faces of Cincy Metal on new releases.
A German lingerie company co-opts Pussy Riot's anti-establishment image for a naughty commercial, the FBI had a very weak case when it declared fans of Insane Clown Posse a "gang" and Michelle Shocked deals with fallout from seemingly anti-gay statements.
As the old adage says, “preparation meets opportunity” is
often the path to success in the music world. However, a little luck
doesn’t hurt, either. When you talk about the career of Ryan Bingham,
all of the above is true.
After well over a quarter century, Lil Ed and the Blues
Imperials are now seasoned veterans but they still spit and snarl with
unbridled energy, tossing off blistering slide guitar runs and
red-meat-raw riffage with the same intensity that marked their fake
Divine Fits' debut, the aptly titled A Thing Called Divine Fits,
finds the quartet employing its lead duo’s addictive stock in
trade: sharp, groove-oriented tunes marked by spiky guitars, shimmering
keyboards and an urgent vocal thrust.
Eclectic Cincinnati rockers Vaughn and Company return with their fourth album, Play It Again, The Afghan Whigs cause a stir at SXSW with show joined by Usher, Elementz plans eighth anniversary party and the Madison Theater Band Challenge enters its final round.
Need some Christmas woe in your springtime? If so, catch up with Home,
the third (as far as we can tell) record by the Los Angeles-based
Jeremiah Sammartano and his Delta Blues/Folk/Alt-Country outfit The Red
For Chicagoan Frank Blinkal, a day-and-night club job at
Buddy Guy’s Legends gave him a front row seat and unprecedented access
to some of the greatest names in Blues — Otis Rush, Lonnie Brooks and
Junior Wells, not to mention Legends’ illustrious owner.
In 1998, Weiland began his solo run with 12 Bar Blues followed a decade later by the stylistically diverse “Happy” in Galoshes and then two albums in 2011, A Compilation of Scott Weiland Covers (which he described as his version of David Bowie’s Pin-Ups) and the holiday themed The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, which now appear to be the final two missives in Weiland’s solo catalog.
Urgent and bracing, sullen and surrendering … the music of
Frightened Rabbit often seems a mess of emotions tied up in a
twitching, fragile guise of genius. Like a thin, bruised girl with a
Kurt Cobain kind of problem, Frightened Rabbit would fall apart if you
took any one thing (music, lyrics or sentiment) away from it.