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Here Come the Johns

After a string of children’s albums, They Might Be Giants returns with Join Us

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Over the past three decades, They Might Be Giants has worn so many unique hats — Indie Rock nobodies, alt.press darlings, phone-to-internet pioneers, commercial successes, TV/film contributors, kids music heroes, Grammy winners, documentary subjects — it seems as though they’ve had to grow a new head to accommodate each successive chapeau.  

Jewell of the Dial

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Ultimately, the singer/songwriter game is about life experience and incorporating that into one’s art. Eilen Jewell has life experience to spare; a rural Idaho childhood where she learned to play piano, college in Santa Fe, N.M., where she busked and learned to perform, and then to Boston where she prospered in one of the country’s most competitive Folk scenes.  

10th Annual MidPoint Has Something for Everyone

Fest returns this weekend with 185 bands, new venues and new features

0 Comments · Monday, September 12, 2011
MidPoint has grown, evolved and adapted in many ways since the first one in 2002, with internationally-known artists now playing alongside the up-and-comers and unsigned multitudes, opening up limitless potential for the future. The event returns for the 10th time Sept. 22-24, reinvigorated and focused, with venues centered closer together, lots of new features and improvements on some of the more popular aspects of past fests.

The Why? Chromosome

Josiah and Yoni Wolf bring Why? back to the Buckeye State

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
After a decade of California life, the brothers Wolf, collectively doing business as Why?, are finally back in their home state. Josiah relocated to Xenia with his wife and Yoni recently bought a house in Northside, which is undergoing extensive renovations.    

The ’Bears’ Switch Project

Soul/Funk/Rock ensemble Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears find their voice on Scandalous

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears usually get compared to classic R&B, Soul and Blues artists like Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Wilson Pickett — obvious enough touchstones considering the group plays a hard-hitting blend of Soul, Rock & Roll and Blues.    

Sweep Relief

The Sweep’s third album emerges as the band’s most powerful statement yet

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Bill Alletzhauser is pathologically busy with The Hiders, his acclaimed Roots Rock band with a trio of well-received releases. It seems natural to wonder why he doubled his band responsibilities and joined fellow Cincinnati band The Sweep.  

Eagle Has Landed

Josh Eagle & the Harvest City evolve into a world-class Folk/Pop unit

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
As Josh Eagle frames an answer, it quickly becomes apparent the response he’s offering has little in common with the question. Eagle pauses, then smiles. “What was the question?” he inquires. “I’m the king of fucking tangents. Hit the ball in left field and I’ll run in the opposite direction.”  

Desert Rockabout

Newcomers The Desert Gun enter Cincy’s music scene cocked and loaded

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Murray Stall, drummer for new Alternative/Progressive rockers The Desert Gun, greets me in the glow. Tall, thin and always talking or moving, Stall wears skinny jeans and, on his left arm, a large tattoo peeks out from his shirt. A passionate type with a ton of energy, he started music at 14.  

Breaking Ground for Groundbreakers

Legendary guitarist Steve Cropper honors influence of King Records’ 5 Royales

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The list of Cincinnati’s King Records acts whose influence on future musicians — often some of the greats of Rock & Roll — has proved greater than their own enduring fame is still growing longer. The latest addition is Lowman “Pete” Pauling and The “5” Royales. The Rhythm & Blues vocal group recorded for King from 1954-1959 and was unusual in that Pauling, besides singing bass, played a stinging, bluesy lead electric guitar.  

A Horse of a Different Flavor

The Chocolate Horse’s third album, Beasts, offers dark message with hopeful undercurrent

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Darkness pervades The Chocolate Horse’s third album, Beasts, evidenced by the moody cover art (a horse’s ebony head atop a human form barely visible in the shadows) and actualized with a powerfully melancholy sound. And yet, flickers of light pierce the album’s dark veil.  

Re-Meet the Raisins

Cincinnati’s most endearing Pop/Rock foursome returns for WEBN Album Project celebration

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
In fall 1983, I did publicity/promotion for Bogart’s, which necessitated distributing posters and flyers around Short Vine. I was on my rounds when Raisins guitarist Rob Fetters turned the corner at Charlton at a full gallop, wild eyed and hair flying. The Raisins’ debut album, produced by future bandmate Adrian Belew, had just dropped and the city’s most popular band had somehow become bigger.  

Spin, Play, Ride

Folk/Pop trio Shiny and the Spoon release debut album, Ferris Wheel

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
A sense of Yin/Yang between the two is what makes Shiny and the Spoon’s music so clever. Like Johnny and June Carter Cash, they have a natural chemistry that makes their Folk/Pop sound an easily blended creation, with smooth harmonies, catchy melodies and a subtle style that’s their own unique merry-go-round.  

Burnin’ for Blues?

Nineteen reasons you should attend Cincy Blues Fest’s 19th annual event

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
2012’s Cincy Blues Fest is sure to have many unique features and surprises, but you could say that every year. But there are tons of reasons to attend the 2011 event Friday and Saturday at Sawyer Point. In honor of its 19th anniversary, we give you the Top 19 in easy-to-digest list form.  

‘Ghost’ in the Machines

Local Psychedelic Electro Pop band Revenge Piñata release debut, Hungry Ghost

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
It’s a lazy, scorching Sunday in Northside. At Sidewinder Café, out back, the pet bunny takes a dirt bath in the shade, trying to cool down. Musicians, strangeness, sweat and cut-off jeans shorts are all around. Back inside, Nick Mitchell, singer and synth player for eccentric newcomers Revenge Piñata, leans against a brick wall and prepares to tell me about his latest band project and its debut release.  

Long Black Veil

Cincy native Andy Biersack beats back haters to make Black Veil Brides a major success

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Andy Biersack should have been a week into this year’s Warped Tour experience with his Cincinnati-born/Los Angeles-based Glam/Hard Rock troupe, Black Veil Brides. Instead, when we spoke he was nursing three broken ribs, although he’d healed enough to rejoin the traveling madness.