Band reunions can be joyful, fist-pumping
celebrations or dismal funeral services for long deceased entities that
should never have been exhumed. If you’re scoring at home, Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, the first new 6 String Drag album in 18 years, belongs deliriously in the celebratory category.
Country fans call for a boycott of radio stations that play the new Little Big Town single after mistaking it for an ode to lesbianism, news that Sasha Baron Cohen will helm a Queen biopic gets instantly quashed by Queen guitarist and Ted Cruz says Rock was cool but after 9/11 Country became cooler.
An affinity for the down and dirty can
be heard in Cincinnati band Lovecrush 88’s mix of ’80s Goth, Hair Metal and good old
fashioned Rock & Roll. Featuring singer Tina Sullivan, guitarist Joel Spivey, bassist
Nathan Bach and drummer Ryan Moore, Lovecrush 88 has assembled a sound
that is hot in all the right ways.
LiVid, The Moxie Band, The Grove and Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle celebrate new releases this weekend. Plus, Ray's Music Exchange returns for fourth annual reunion show and announces new offshoot band Rays.
Ben Miller Band would be a perfect fit for a public goat ropin’.
Along with some more traditional instrumentation, like a drum kit or
acoustic guitar, the Ben Miller Band members will play a harmonica
through a 1960s home phone receiver with its cord still attached. Or
flush a washboard through a wah-wah pedal.
Many will remember Edward David Anderson
from the rootsy Rock band Backyard Tire Fire, in which he
wrote virtually every song the band performed and recorded. When the
group opened for Los Lobos a few years ago, Steve Berlin was listening backstage and was instantly impressed. That led to Berlin producing Anderson’s excellent new
album, Lies & Wishes.
Streaming music gets a boost from a pair of odd viral videos, the Innocent Un-plugged fest in the U.K. goes off the grid and Record Store Day attracts critics who says it's become 'just another event in the annual music industry circus."
Adventurous Cincinnati Chamber Folk quartet The Happy Maladies unveil their stunning Must Love Cats project, featuring compositions from various outside composers. Plus, one-man-show Dead Man String Band celebrates the release of the new full-length I and heavy Psych Rock crew Go Go Buffalo unleashes its debut EP, It Ain't Worth It.