Cheers Elephant is a blatantly hook-laden
AltPop band that brings a sense of humor and 1960s-era verve to their
sound. With reverb-a-plenty and blue-sky harmony vocals, the up-tempo
band keeps its big beats front and center.
These days, it’s an accomplishment to find something that
lasts 25 months, let alone 25 years. And yet The Iguanas are still
making vital music and crisscrossing the country to present it in its
most elementally satisfying live fashion, a quarter century after the
band’s formation in New Orleans.
The original derivation of a casket (or casquette) girl
referred to an early 18th century female who had been repatriated from
France to the French colonial South in order to marry; “casket” referred
to the small chest that held their belongings.
Coming on the scene in the late ’80s/early
’90s as a new guitar hot shot, Eric Johnson lit up the frets and the
music world with a Grammy Award win for his original instrumental,
“Cliffs of Dover,” in 1991. Though a multi-instrumentalist of the
highest order, he is mostly known for his fluid guitar pyrotechnics.
While most R&B and Dance Pop artists
keep things light lyrically, singing playful songs about the opposite
sex, going to clubs, partying and other just-for-fun subjects, there’s
not much sweetness and light on K. Michelle’s debut album, Rebellious Soul. And don’t look for any typical heartbroken anthems, either.
This Friday, superb Cincinnati rockers The KillTones host an album release party in honor of their new nine-track effort, Raw. Animals. Dance.
The band will be joined by locals Lemon Sky and Philly-based Soraia for
the free, 9 p.m. event at Over-the-Rhine club The Drinkery
It hardly seems possible that a decade
has gone by since the original formation of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah,
although given the band’s current status, there’s an argument to be made
that the quintet didn’t actually make it to the 10-year mark.
What if they threw a band party and only the rhythm section showed up?
That’s the oddly conceived question that
has been answered by vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben
Thatcher, doing business as the Garage/Psych/Blues duo Royal Blood.
Like Tegan & Sara (with whom they’ve
toured), Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Brooklyn Indie Pop band Lucius
wrap their vocals around each other, both in harmony and unison, with
the impressive precision of two vocalists who’ve sung together their
Panic! at the Disco counters hate group's protest by donating $20 to the Human Rights Campaign for every protester that shows up, the handmade 'Punk Starter Kit' brings some Hot Topic flavor to Etsy and a Belgian mayor hires a DJ to chase away loitering 'gypsies.'
Dave and Phil Alvin hadn't made an album together since Dave left The Blasters in the mid-’80s. But their longtime mutual love for Blues icon Big Bill
Broonzy recently brought them back together for a new full-length, Common Ground.
Sony reportedly offers tween Metal band contract potentially worth $1.7 million, Robin Thicke's Paula is a massive flop, but you can still buy Thicke-approved flower bouquets named after songs from it and the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic apparently has some truthiness issues.
Last spring, singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson was overly anxious about the arrival of his debut album, High Top Mountain.
He’s spent this year simultaneously anticipating the birth of his debut
child and the reception of his just-released sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.
Cincinnati Pop rockers Mixtapes have been
playing numerous dates on this year’s Warped Tour, including the local
stop at Riverbend Music Center (riverbend.org)
on Wednesday. The band’s hometown fans should probably make plans to
attend the all-day show, as it will be one of the last chances to catch
the group locally for some time.