Sound Advice: Reckless Kelly with Noah Smith

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
All things Austin, Texas, have been coming to a head the last few years in the music world. Always a great music town, the scene has blown up to almost too-big proportions, with the South By Southwest festival growing to seemingly unsustainable levels. Reckless Kelly, however, has been walking the streets of Austin since the band migrated there from Idaho in the late 1990s.  

Sound Advice: Built to Spill with Helvetia and Clarke and the Himselfs

Monday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
“All Our Songs,” the lead track on Built to Spill’s latest record, Untethered Moon, is an unabashed celebration of the band’s 23-year-existence, featuring six minutes of guitar-soaring bliss that includes this admission of contentment from enduring frontman Doug Martsch: “And I found a place/Where I know I’ll always be tethered/And I knew when I woke up/Rock & Roll will be there forever.”  

Sound Advice: Gang of Four with The New Regime and Evening Redness

Tuesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Let’s get it out of the way at the start — Gang of Four’s 1979 debut, Entertainment, is among the landmark albums of the last 40 years, a politically charged, sonically angular slap in the face that remains as visceral as the day it surfaced.  

Dope Pope to Drop Debut Album

Plus, Elton John talks to the actual Russian president and Collect Records cuts ties with pharmaceutical villain

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Pope Francis has a debut album ready to drop this fall and the music's reportedly in a Pop and Prog Rock (?!) style. Plus, after being pranked, Elton John gets a call from the actual Vladimir Putin, with whom John would like to speak to about Russia's horrendous LGBTQ-rights record, and Martin Shkreli, the rich dick who announced a huge price increase on a drug he acquired rights to that is used by AIDS patients, loves Emo music, but the label he invested in no longer wants anything to do with him.

‘Taiga’ Burning Bright

With her latest album, MidPoint Music Festival performer Zola Jesus confidently expands on her unique voice

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) grew up in rural Wisconsin as a precocious child known for her interest in all things opera and the otherworldly.   

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.