Culture Queer is all about anticipation.
In the Indie/Art Pop group’s decade-plus existence, the Cincinnati
quartet (often aided by a support staff of A/V techs, go-go dancers,
etc.) has turned out just a trio of full-length studio efforts —
including the just released Nightmare Band — an EP and a single.
And Culture Queer’s live presence has been equally sporadic; the group’s
calendar listing only pops up on approximately a quarterly basis.
Jeff Roberson is no longer “the most
hated man in Folk,” as he was dubbed by former WNKU program director Dan
Reed. In fact, since Summer’s Here, the former Len’s Lounge frontman’s 2008 sophomore solo effort, he’s been preoccupied with matters decidedly unrelated to Folk.
Over-the-Rhine's new energy was on full display
during the 11th annual MidPoint Music Festival, which last week drew
thousands of music lovers from across the region to a dozen venues hosting musicians from all over the world.
Blake Mills is busy. The 25-year-old
guitar prodigy has worked relentlessly in recent years as an in-demand
session and touring musician, collaborating with a wide range of artists, nearly all of whom use hyperbolic
language to describe his unique talents. And now he’s touring with Fiona Apple,
both as her guitarist and as her opening act.
One of the real changes in how Ani
DiFranco approaches live performing these days may be something that, in
a strict sense, isn’t actually part of what she does on stage. But rest
assured, DiFranco says, it’s
making a difference in her performances.
There’s a very thin line between knowing
what you want and being thankful for what you have. A few inches to one
side could see you constantly unhappy with what you earn. An inch on the
other side and you’re bound to never earn anything new. Cincinnati’s on-the-rise Indie Folk duo
Young Heirlooms walk that line. They’re overwhelmingly thankful for the
support from Cincinnati and respect from their fans. Their gratefulness
is conveyed nearly constantly, onstage and off. But, just under the surface, they’re itching for more.
If there’s a recurring theme that seems to
sum up the events of the past few years for Texas trio Girl In A Coma (including
the trio’s latest album, Exits & And All The Rest) it boils down to one word — growth.
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.