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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.  

Is It Low H?

Not feelin’ the new Rap music on the radio these days? Maybe you have Low H

2 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
We've all seen the TV commercial: An average-looking, mid-forties husband/dad-looking guy complains about not having enough energy to hang out with friends, or enough passion for the one he loves. The announcer suggests the symptoms might be associated with a treatable condition known as Low T (as in testosterone). Rumor has it that there's a similar condition known as Low H — as in “Hip Hop.”  

The Song That Never Ends

Locals to celebrate enduring, seminal Rock song recorded in Cincinnati 60 years ago

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The most important and familiar Guitar Rock song ever made — “Train Kept A’ Rollin,’ ” in which mimicking the rhythmic sound of that train has inspired electric guitarists in bands like The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Aerosmith — started life as a King-released Jump Blues tune by Tiny Bradshaw and His Orchestra.  

High Road to Redemption

Steve Earle continues to write one of the best second acts in music history

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Sober now for 18 years, Earle has been on fire since cleaning himself up in rehab and prison. In fact, I would stand on Townes Van Zandt’s coffee table and argue that never before has an artist improved to such a degree after getting sober. The second half of his career has seen him release consistently great records.  

Think Local, Rock Global

Buffalo Killers will always be a Cincinnati band, even after the release of their world-class new album

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
It’s easy to think that Buffalo Killers stopped being a local band after Chris Robinson tapped them to open for the Black Crowes tour five years ago. The Gabbard brothers — guitarist/vocalist Zach and bassist/vocalist Andrew — and their drummer, Joey Sebaali, had recently retooled Thee Shams into Buffalo Killers, and their eponymous 2006 debut album was causing a big stir in Psych Rock circles.  

Blessed to Impress

Veteran Americana icon Lucinda Williams continues to develop her impeccable songcraft

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
While it would be an overstatement to say Americana was invented solely to describe Lucinda Williams’ groundbreaking mixture of literate singer/songwriter Folk and bluesy, energized Country Rock, delivered with a twangy and soulful enunciation, she had a lot to do with its creation.  

More Bounce to the Ounce

Big Freedia makes a big Bounce noise from the Big Easy

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Freddie Ross Jr., known to nearly everyone in his native New Orleans as Big Freedia (pronounced Free-da), is an iconic figure in several ways. On one hand, he is a flamboyant, larger-than-life representative of gay pride and member of the city’s Sissy culture, a local appellation denoting men with ambiguous sexual identities.  

Group (Re)Think

Umphrey's McGee is adapting to a changing musical landscape

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Like many of today’s bands, Umphrey’s McGee has found itself debating the question of how to best release new music into the market. Some musicians and industry professionals have gone as far as to declare the album a dying format. Especially with younger music fans, the iPod and similar devices has changed the way they listen to music.  

State Songs

Ohio has inspired a wide range of musical expression

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Over the years, singers and songwriters found symbolism in Ohio. Maybe it’s just the fact that since kids learn to spell the state as “round on the ends and high in the middle,” Ohio has the kind of goofy geometric (and geographic) connotations that call out to be expressed in song. It becomes an easy target.  

The Listening

Don't get so caught up that you stop hearing and enjoying music

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
It’s occurred to me on a few occasions that it’s not so much the music we listen to that sucks, it’s the way we’re listening to our music that sucks. I won’t even get into the lowered quality of MP3s and iPod earbuds, or even the shitty laptop speakers, though all that plays a huge part in this. It’s the way we’re delivered music and begin to absorb it, especially folks in the music game, whether it be artists, bloggers, DJs, whatever.