Ben Knight and the Welldiggers play
American music. Kentucky Country music. A noble homage to generations of
toil and progress. The songs on the Cincinnati band’s debut release, Divining Rod,
are a frighteningly intimate introduction to Ben Knight, the
storyteller. He and the Welldiggers earnestly compose new and original
tunes that catch your attention with equal parts nostalgia and intrigue.
With their singer finished with his run on TV's Survivor and the rest of the members' schedules aligning, The End of Time, the debut full-length from heavy Northern Kentucky band Moonbow, is finally released.
We here at CityBeat and others associated with the fest did a lot
of campaigning to get people into the smaller venues to check out some
of the lesser-known acts and MPMF-goers did better than in any previous
year showing love for artists who had yet to infiltrate their personal
Blues/Rock/Soul ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band, fresh off of their chart-busting album release, Made Up Mind, headlines the inaugural Ohio River Throwdown, alongside Los Lobos, JJ Grey & Mofro, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and many other American Roots music all-stars.
The workhorses of No Age project the
sensibility of a band that’s deeply D.I.Y., Punk to the bone and
extra-mindful of everything they do. From an outsider’s perspective,
it’s tough to gauge whether No Age’s tenacity stems from a ceaseless
need to be productive, a compulsion to stay in the spotlight or the
desire to build up to a certain kind of goal.
Mangrenade vocalist/guitarist Nick Thieme
has just driven a sparkling new (to him, at least) van off the lot. But this new van (nicknamed “Vangrenade
2.0” or “The Deuce”) isn’t just a new touring vehicle, it is also a
symbol of Mangrenade’s determination to make it, car payments be damned.