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A Year in Film and Music

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Our Beautiful Dark Listed Fantasies: Local musicians and music scribes pick their fave moments of 2010. Whatcha wanna know? The best songs to walk your dog to? Some album that must be in your collection  

The Promise of Music Box Sets

Last-minute holiday present needs? You can't go wrong with these music collections

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 21, 2010
This wasn't a plentiful year for CD and DVD box sets, but there weren't many misses in this year’s crop of releases, either. Here are the best of the bunch to my ears and eyes, from Springsteen and Hendrix box sets to DVDs of legendary 'Soul Train' and 'T.A.M.I. Show' performances.  

Art Damage Going Dark

Longtime experimental music supporters face transition in hard times

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Dan Williams and Uncle Dave Lewis helped create the WAIF show 'Art Damage' about experimental music, and it eventually led to the creation of The Art Damage Foundation and Lodge. This outlet for experimental music is undergoing some changes, as The Lodge hosts its last shows this weekend. Lewis talks about 25 years of 'Art Damage' in Cincinnati.  

Searching for Klugs

The faithful rejoice as Roger Klug finally returns with new musical identities

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Roger Klug is the first to admit that his recorded output has been somewhat sporadic over the course of his career, which started in the early '90s. His creative glacier finally began to move last year with the release of the startlingly great 'More Help for Your Nerves,' the album he'd been working on for several years. "I walk around with records playing in my head that I haven't even recorded yet," he says. "The bitch is getting it out into the tangible world."  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Respect My Mind

Bashing others’ music and reacting to it with yours limits an artist’s creative potential

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Let’s start at one of the most basic concepts I can imagine about being a potentially amazing, well-rounded and successful artist in your own right, let alone by “industry standards.” This is the idea: As an artist, you have to be able to appreciate and respect the idea of music, even in music that you can’t stand. You have to be able to separate which music is made “for you” versus which music is made for other demographics of fans and consumers.  

Capturing the Hiders

The Hiders' new album is a secretive, intricate place and an artistic web of sound

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2010
A ghost in its own right, the title track on The Hiders' new album, 'Four Letter Town,' is one that lead singer/guitarist Billy Alletzhauser kicked around for years before the band even existed. Although he calls it a "simple song," he recorded various versions, enveloped in a tricky, drawn-out struggle to harness and reveal the tune's true essence. Some songs sit and smolder before they rise up to burn and glow. Some apparitions do indeed come alive.  

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling S(kee)tones!

Eight-year 'overnight sensations' are on the fast track to Electronic Rock success

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Although they didn't grab any mantle accessories at this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony, the audience reaction when Skeetones were announced for their nominations in the New Artist and Electronic categories is evidence that the band might consider drafting acceptance speeches for 2011. The band has been generating big buzz since its official debut just over a year ago, even though drummer Robby Brokamp says the guys have been playing together "for like eight years."  

Fine Golden 'Rings'

Local guitarists celebrate the holidays and benefit public radio compilation

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2010
No concept album theme has been examined more exhaustively than Christmas. A fresh angle within the holiday music realm seems unlikely, but longtime Cincinnati radio personality Brian O'Donnell, now a fixture on WGUC and WNKU, and local guitarist Jose Madrigal teamed up to craft one with 'Ring: A Cincinnati Guitar Christmas for Public Radio.'  

New Shades of Love

Psychedelic Indie band Darker My Love switches gears on new album

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
Darker My Love have garnered comparisons to Psychedelic and Shoegaze titans like Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain and even The Rolling Stones. Their lates album, 'Alive As You Are' doesn't sound any more contemporary. If anything, it sends their aesthetic another decade back, evoking Psych-shaded 1960s and '70s Folk.   

A Royal Revival for King Records

Appreciation for pioneering Cincinnati-based label continues to grow

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 17, 2010
For years, Rock historians have said the reason Cincinnati's King Records doesn't have the enduring public regard that, say, Detroit's Motown or Memphis' Sun labels have is because it didn't have a readily identifiable sound. King recorded too many kinds of music — even too many kinds of R&B, its greatest strength — and so for every James Brown or Hank Ballard classic there was less distinguished stuff. But a new theory is emerging.  

Let Us Praise

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards continues 14-year tradition of celebrating local music

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards program is an attempt to remind local musicians that their contributions are greatly appreciated. It's also an attempt to bring together musicians (as well the non-musicians who work to support and nurture the scene) from across the local music spectrum to have an outrageously good time. Having a full bar in the room might be a factor, too, as will be in evidence Sunday night at the Madison Theater.  

Jay Farrar, the Man From Uncle

AltCountry pioneer keeps busy with a wide range of projects

0 Comments · Monday, November 8, 2010
Every once in a while it's good to take a breather, a vacation from our various stress-loads. But Jay Farrar, the longtime Son Volt bandleader, doesn't subscribe to this. How can he? Within the last 15 months, he's released two totally diverse record projects and is now engaged in a nationwide solo tour. He's still on the open road and running with it.   

The Posies Are Ready to Pop

Despite masterful Pop catalog, The Posies remain cult heroes in U.S.

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
You might deduce something from the fact that Ken Stringfellow lives in France, Jon Auer just returned from Finland and The Posies' new album, 'Blood/Candy,' primarily was recorded at a studio in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. The Posies have a big, dependable following in Europe. It's their commercial lifeblood. They return to the U.S. for a co-headlining a bill with Brendan Benson that stops Sunday at the Southgate House.  

Books Smart

The Books create a unique, kaleidoscopic sonic environment

0 Comments · Monday, November 1, 2010
For nearly 10 years, the duo of Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong, known collectively as The Books, has pursued a singular and almost unclassifiable musical direction. Combining Brian Eno’s Ambient sound, found-sound elements and warped Indie Rock sensibilities, The Books’ discography is a sonic collage of skewed beauty and intelligence.  

Cloud Cult Canvases the Indie World

A reinvigorated Indie Pop benefiting from the details

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It's not entirely rare for musicians to have unusual onstage accompaniments. Rob Zombie, for one, surrounds himself with spooky, kitschy ornaments. But Cloud Cult has an interesting addition of their own. The Minnesota-bred Indie Pop band performs as two painters create original works next to them.