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Strawberry Letter #4

Wussy proves they’re ready for their close-up with fourth album

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Wussy’s members are in the MOTR Pub basement, basking in the post-Cincinnati Entertainment Awards glow after closing the 2011 ceremony with a clattering bang. The new songs from the just-released Strawberry are still gelling on stage, but the thrilling anticipatory undercurrent in Wussy’s performance suggests these fresh set additions are blossoming with time-lapse photography speed.   

Rocket Men

The unlikely rebirth of Ohio Punk pioneers Rocket From the Tombs

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The remarkable resurgence of Rocket From the Tombs is a historic band reunion, one that comes with classic old material plus a brand-new album. It also brings to town two legends of Punk/Post Punk who now play in Rocket — Pere Ubu’s David Thomas and Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome.  

Tommy Gets His Ya-Ya’s Out

Guns N’ Roses’ Tommy Stinson keeps adding chapters to his storied career

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to 1983. We’re visiting Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, where young publicity manager Brian Baker is witnessing the second area appearance of R.E.M., which he’s vigorously advertised for a net result of just over 300 attendees. Local Art Pop provocateurs Junta have just finished, and the stage is taken by The Replacements, a last-minute addition via R.E.M.’s booking agent.   

Some Great Awards

2011 CEA ceremony offers proof that local music is in peak condition

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The 15th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Nov. 20 at Covington’s Madison Theater once again brought together people from all facets of the Greater Cincinnati music scene and gave them one hell of a party. Along with offering one of the best people-watching experiences of the year, the packed crowd in attendance was treated to great “mini-sets.”  

Old Times Are the Best Times

Cincinnati’s Tillers join Uncle Mike Carr for the new Wild Hog in the Woods

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
So much has happened in The Tillers’ universe that it’s overwhelming for the band to consider events that have transpired between their 2009 sophomore release, By the Signs, and their new album, Wild Hog in the Woods. “We got haircuts,” guitarist Sean Geil deadpans, alluding to his closely cropped hair and vocalist/banjoist Mike Oberst’s obvious lack of braids.   

Who Are They?: A tale of the Who concert, Dec. 3 1979

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
In honor of efforts of The Who Concert Victims Memorial Committee, CityBeat contributors Tom Bolton (artist) and Rich Shivener (writer) collaborated on a special “comic strip” about that fateful night on the riverfront, a watershed moment for concert crowd management. This is the first part of the strip; the second will run at citybeat.com on Dec. 3, the 32nd anniversary of the tragedy.  

Not the Final Frontier

Frontier Folk Nebraska turns it up and turns it loose with new, vinyl-only album

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Perhaps we should begin with a clarification. It seems that Frontier Folk Nebraska’s name has sparked some misconceptions about the band that should be addressed. Frontier Folk Nebraska does not have any particular affinity for the frontier, they are not necessarily a Folk band and … well, you can guess where this is going.  

Learning To ‘Fly’

Ten years on, Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups release debut

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Fly is the Pickups’ first album, which might seem surprising, given how long the band has been together. But musicians are notorious for their side projects, and Kelly Thomas is no different.  

As Ma Crow Flies

With The Lady Slippers, Bluegrass icon Ma Crow assembles her own Fab Four

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
When local Bluegrass legend Ma Crow considers the question of what makes her latest group, the all-female Lady Slippers, so unique among all of the amazing outfits on her storied résumé, she doesn’t hesitate in delivering her answer. “They’re ladies!” Ma exclaims at the Northside Tavern, responding figuratively and literally at the same time. “They’re down to earth, genuine."  

Ready to Die

The Ultimate Advice: Push yourself to make the best music possible

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I’m not sure what I’m supposed to write about here, but I’m already overdue on turning this column in, so I’m sure I’ll think of something soon enough. I haven’t written one of these in a few months now. Truthfully, I haven’t even thought about writing one of these. It occurred to me a couple weeks back that it’s been a pretty minute since the last one, so I told Mike (the editor) that I would probably fall back for a while.   

Through the Past, Snarkily

Lou Barlow talks Sebadoh reunion, musical concision and bad ’90s music

7 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Lou Barlow is a direct guy. The 45-year-old founder and main frontman for lo-fi Indie Rock stalwarts Sebadoh doesn’t mince words or waste time — a fact easily discerned when listening to his band’s concise, emotionally direct songs. It makes sense, then, that Barlow would be similarly to the point when discussing Sebadoh’s return via the “Bakesale/Harmacy Remembering Time Tour,” which stops at the Southgate House Thursday.  

Personal Stylist

Bettye LaVette’s soulful interpretation skills help her find whole new audience

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Bettye LaVette’s late-career success story is one of the music business’ most remarkable. The powerful 65-year-old R&B singer/stylist first recorded in 1962 — “My Man — He’s a Lovin’ Man” for Atlantic Records, home in that era of such other classic Soul vocalists as Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Percy Sledge and Aretha Franklin.    

All’s Wells

Jason Wells takes for algernon’s new iteration onto the stage and into the studio

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
After nearly a dozen years and four highly acclaimed albums as for algernon, Cincinnati singer/songwriter Jason Wells is experiencing something totally foreign but completely welcomed. Wells, the lone constant defining the band’s Indie Folk/Pop/Rock direction, is finally feeling confidence.  

Nominee Potpourri

The CEA.11 nominations bring another batch of veterans and newcomers

18 Comments · Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The nominations have been selected, and now it’s up to you to choose who should win trophies at this year’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs). Back for the 15th year, the CEAs are decided by public voting (save the Critical Achievement Awards, which are chosen by the nominating committee) and the awards will be given out Sunday, Nov. 20.  

Fine ‘Art’ History

Matthew Sweet looks back with the classic Girlfriend and on the new Modern Art

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Under different circumstances, Matthew Sweet’s astonishing new album, Modern Art, would be the focus of his latest tour. The updated set would be crowded with Sweet’s newly crafted evocations of ’60s Pop and fleshed out with selections from his almost supernaturally consistent catalog.