In musical parlance, "organic"
describes a process free from self-conscious overthinking and
blueprinted deliberation, resulting in a pure, unplanned outcome. That is exactly how Ampline/thistle
guitarist Mike Montgomery and Breeders
guitarist/vocalist Kelley Deal formed their powerful
acoustic-based duo R. Ring.
Harper fronted Class Actress, she had majored
in drama in college and moved to Los Angeles to follow her acting dream,
but found herself disillusioned. After relocating to Brooklyn, N.Y.,
Harper shifted her passion from the music of drama to the drama of
Carving your own upward path in the
perpetually congested music biz is an intimidating enough prospect on
its own. Yet Danny Lee — the driving force behind Seatlle Psych Rock trio Night Beats — has
opted to one-up this great dare: He wants not just to create his band’s
own fanbase but also his own scene. Kinda. Maybe.
For the very principled Natives, rules
are not sacred. The Cincy Hip Hop collective has been around in
this particular form for about three
years, playing local shows and building an increasingly large fan base. In January, the Natives self-released their debut album, Native America. This week, The Natives release their sophomore effort, Coup d’etat, a mere six months later.
Mixtapes guitarist/vocalist Ryan Rockwell and his bandmates developed an interesting songwriting regimen after the release of their first recording. Whenever
Rockwell and Maura Weaver, Mixtapes’ guitarist/vocalist and Rockwell’s
songwriting partner, would hit on a particularly resonant tune, they
would relegate it to a slush pile of material for an album they
intended to serve as their full-length debut. Mixtapes’ song bank proved to be an effective strategy.
Belle Histoire’s just-released full-length debut, Dreamers, is solid evidence of a sonic maturity beyond the band’s brief existence and relative youth. Dreamers’
expansive vibe suggests a heartland translation of The Cranberries with
dashes of Coldplay and U2, standing as a logical extension of the
band’s first two EPs, 2011’s Spirits and this year’s I Can Tell.
Revitalized by a new album, Perry Farrell now has decades of experience
“putting on a show,” especially with the work he’s done with his
trailblazing Lollapalooza, which continues to have a big influence on
today’s ever-expanding multi-act music festival scene, including
this weekend's Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati (which Jane's headlines Friday).
Recorded over 10 days last summer, Cincinnati Indie Pop quartet Pomegranates' new album Heaven
doesn’t stray impossibly far from the stylistic Art Pop structure that
has served Pomegranates well since their energetic debut —
a jittery love of Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Sparklehorse and ’50’s/’60s
Pop and R&B.
Although Art vs. Science fairly shivers
with the ghosts of early XTC, Devo and Shriekback, it was actually a
2007 Daft Punk show that moved keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Dan McNamee to abandon Indie Punk and adopt a
dancier Electronic Rock ethic.
Ten years ago, after the first MidPoint
Music Festival — that’s when you can trace back the origins of
Cincinnati’s upcoming three-day live music extravaganza, the Bunbury
Music Festival. After launching a festival that continues to grow and shine a light on
up-and-coming and on-the-verge acts, MPMF co-founder Bill Donabedian
thought, “What if we could do something like this for established acts?” This summer, he will.
It’s been four years since Santi White
(aka Santigold) dropped her stellar, genre-juggling debut. Some might
think that is a long layoff between albums, especially in a fickle
contemporary cultural landscape that moves quickly and without concern
for those who don’t try to keep up.
Started as a one-woman project in 2006 by
New England native Merrill Garbus, tUnE-YaRdS is set apart via its meld
of Appalachian Folk (ukulele being the most obvious signifier) and
numerous African elements, none more visceral than Garbus’ versatile
vocal delivery, which alternates between low-key crooning,
honest-to-goodness yodeling and full-on wailing.