His Roots are Showing

Pokey LaFarge finds the timelessness in early-20th-century American music

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Pokey LaFarge is proud of his Midwestern heritage. The singer/songwriter is also a staunch baseball fan who grew up in Illinois, but now makes his home in Missouri.  

Falcons Are Go! Again!

Local greats Warsaw Falcons look ahead and back simultaneously with fresh reunion gigs and archival releases

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2015
David Rhodes Brown and Warsaw Falcons must feel as though they’re in some bizarre nexus of the Bermuda Triangle and the Hot Tub Time Machine.

With Love (and Murder) in Her Heart

Colorful singer/songwriter Nellie McKay covers ’60s rockers on My Weekly Reader

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
An interview with Nellie McKay, the British-born, American-raised singer/songwriter and vocal stylist who performs a solo show this week at Cincinnati’s 20th Century Theater, can be as unpredictable as her career itself. But it’s also frequently greatly pleasurable, just like her music.   

Royal Holland Continues to Blossom on Second EP

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Earlier this summer, Newport, Ky.-based singer/songwriter Matt Mooney released the second of three planned EPs under his project named Royal Holland, Volume Two – Flamingo.   

Sound Advice: Death Cab for Cutie with Twin Shadow

Friday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
My three favorite band names inspired by unlikely sources would be: a) Steely Dan, after the chrome-plated dildo in William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch; b) Toad the Wet Sprocket, a band name concocted by Monty Python for one of its sketches; and c) Death Cab for Cutie, taken from a song by the critically underappreciated (in the U.S., at least) Bonzo Dog Band from its 1967 debut album, Gorilla.

Sound Advice: Beach House with Jessica Pratt

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Now more than a decade into its artistic lifespan, Baltimore’s Beach House wanted a shift in approach when
it came time to write songs for what would become its fifth record, Depression Cherry.

Sound Advice: Marcia Ball

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Boogie Woogie/Swamp Rock piano pounder Marcia Ball is the poster child for the phrase “born to the craft.”   

Sound Advice: alt-J with San Fermin

Monday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
When asked in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the famously opinionated Liam Gallagher (formerly of Brit Rock stars Oasis) said this about music he was digging lately: “Do you know that track by alt-J, ‘Left Hand Free’? That is a great track. But alt-J can fuck right off as far as I’m concerned. It’s a great tune, and I paid 79 pence for it, but I am in no way a fan of alt-J.”   

Campaign Music Trolling

Plus, Whitney Houston (the hologram) to go on world tour and Hardcore band's singer fakes cancer

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Conservatives continue their trend of using music at campaign events by artists on the opposite end of the political spectrum; the people behind Hologram Tupac announce Hologram Whitney Houston world tour; vocalist for Pennsylvania Hardcore band allegedly fakes cancer for cash.

From Gray Sky to Greensky

Greensky Bluegrass found success through heavy touring and embracing its “Midwestern Jamgrass” niche

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
We often hear about things like the Punk revival and the endless offshoots it’s spawned. Or we find an article about the rebirth of Hip Hop and how its true culture never died. But what we don’t see or hear about quite as often is Bluegrass spinoffs like Midwestern Jamgrass. The reason, perhaps, is that many might beg the question — is that a thing?  

All-Star Cincy Hip Hop Lineup Joins Talib Kweli

Plus, Leo Coffeehouse stars new season at former home and The Mitchells and concert:nova team up for unique concert

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Some cross-generational Cincinnati Hip Hop champs (Hi-Tek, Donte from Mood and Buggs Tha Rocka) are currently doing a series of Ohio dates with modern legend Talib Kweli, including a Cincy stop at Bogart's. Plus, Leo Coffeehouse returns to Zion United Church of Christ in Norwood and The Mitchells and concert:nova team up for a unique cross-genre concert at the Woodward.

Sound Advice: The Damned

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
For anyone who would doubt the legitimacy of The Damned’s place in Punk history, the group’s early credentials speak for themselves.   

Sound Advice: Fishbone with Downtown Brown

Saturday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Fishbone’s debut EP only had seven songs, but the kitchen-sink diversity and hyperactive performances made it feel like a dizzying, kooky epic. When I finally saw the band live, I was blown away by the relentless energy — all six members of the group never stopped moving.  

Sound Advice: Los Lobos

Sunday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Los Lobos began making music back when Richard Nixon was still in office. For the historically illiterate, that’s more than 40 years, during which the Los Angeles crew has put forth its distinctive sounds — from slanted Tex-Mex and Folk to straight-up Country and Rock — via more than a dozen studio albums and a variety of EPs, live records and side projects.

Sound Advice: Babes in Toyland with FEA

Tuesday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Kat Bjelland’s banshee voice, primal guitar playing and uncommonly intense presence infected anyone who was lucky enough to catch Babes in Toyland’s searing live shows in the early 1990s.