A few last minute gift ideas, featuring 2012 boxsets and from The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Heart, Strange Euphoria, Bob Dylan, The English Beat, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Los Lobos and Taj Mahal.
The annual celebration of Greater
Cincinnati’s rich music scene, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards
(CEAs), didn’t occur in its usual time slot this year (around
Thanksgiving). The CEAs
will now be held in January to honor the best local music-makers from
the just-completed year. Here are the 2012 nominees.
John Cage fearlessly explored how any sound
could make for beautiful “music.” This included silence — Cage’s most
famous composition, “4.33,” connotes the duration of minutes and seconds
during which an orchestra or musician makes no sounds.
Homemade Drugs are in it to win it, all
the way. Moving through life’s social insecurities and uneasiness,
somewhere in that space, amongst the unwanted furniture, is a plan. Homemade Drugs are grabbing their moment
and not looking back, only ahead. Ahead to Saturday’s release of their
self-titled, self-released 10-song album. Ahead to vinyl plans, which are forming
nicely with Youngstown, Ohio’s Lion’s Care Recordings. Ahead to whatever
When Miss May I frontman Levi Benton
relocated from his home in Troy, Ohio, to Cincinnati earlier this year,
he fully expected that people might recognize him on the street. After
all, his Metalcore quintet has been the recipient of some potent buzz
recently, including a cover feature in Alternative Press.
Four years ago, Dean & Britta's Dean Wareham was approached
with a proposition by Ben Harrison, Performing Arts Curator
for Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. Harrison was looking for someone to
compose a soundtrack of sorts for a series of filmed portraits Warhol
shot in the mid-’60s.
The story of Damien Jurado’s relationship with Punk Rock seems too symmetrical, too fortuitous and too rare to possibly be true. Somehow, though, all the pieces match.
Now 39 and based out of Seattle, Jurado was once a 14-year-old
growing infatuated with Punk.
The Cincinnati-based quartet Hickory Robot is known for its acoustic music,
blending Bluegrass-influenced grooves with other Roots music fare.
However, on the recently released album titled Sawyer, the group opens up its sound by occasionally using electric instruments and percussion to bring new songs to life.
In more ways than one, 2011’s Adventures in Counter-Culture
proved to be a pivotal album for Columbus MC/producer and Weightless
Recordings founder Blueprint. As his first solo effort in six years, its
critical acclaim introduced him to a second audience who was unaware
that his discography ran as deep as a decade.
I’m grateful to have known Marcus
“Skandal Da Ruckus Man” Mitchell the last 15 years. The veteran MC,
producer, DJ and the man behind Sharkface Entertainment died on Oct. 10
at 36 after a bout with acute leukemia.