My master list for 2011 local releases,
for the first time, easily reached 100. The fact that there were so many
releases coming out of Greater Cincinnati in 2011 speaks to the
increased accessibility and affordability of recording technology that
has developed over the past few years. The fact that none of them were
total garbage speaks to the wealth of talent in our music community.
Conventional wisdom would tell you that
The Dopamines did everything they could to guarantee their descent into
oblivion. Tour the country without a big, local following? Check. Create
a band with goals that didn’t go past hanging out with friends? You
bet. Recording an album simply for the hell of it? Of course.
Music always makes a great holiday gift,
and this year the record industry has again put together a wide
selection of box sets and other collections to please fans of just about
any style of music. Here are some excellent options if you’re stuck and
looking for a last-minute present.
man (or woman, for all I know) once said, “You take the good, you take
the bad/You take them both and there you have/The facts of life.” Life
is, essentially, those ups and downs and how you respond to them in the
spaces between. Though always true to some extent, in
2011 the good news/bad news balance was as evident as it’s ever been.
There’s something about the written word
that adds finality to a subject. Contracts are finished with a
signature, newspapers are often considered bastions of truth and
obituaries often put a person’s death in perspective for their loved
ones. Perhaps this is why I put off writing
this story for so long.
Todd Lipscomb didn’t deliberate very hard
or very long in conceiving the concept around the second album from his
locally based band The Kentucky Struts. Like most great ideas, it was a
flash of illumination in a contemplative moment.
For a show focused on two skeevy, aimless teenagers, Beavis and Butt-Head
sure has done a lot of good for the world. In its original run, the MTV
program delivered endless numbers of gloriously stupid dirty jokes, set
the stage for Daria, and gave hundreds of musicians exposure by way of playing music videos alongside the duo’s inane commentary. That last practice inadvertently led to
the creation of The Koffin Kats.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.