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Hip Hop (Un)Scene: I'm Burnt

Artists can use 'burn-out' phases to refuel and reflect

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I didn't like my last two columns. Straight up. What started out as lessons for independent artists felt like some holier-than-thou shit. And that's not cool. At all. So I'm sidestepping for a minute to write what will be the natural third arc in this column trilogy: the burn-out.  

Everything Old Is New Again in OTR

New Main Street shop Another Part of the Forest stocks hard to find vinyl ... and much more

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Like many of the new businesses along Over-the-Rhine's Main Street, it's basically a neighborhood thing. It has a stellar lineage, and it's new and old at the same time. It's Another Part of the Forest, the used record store/Siamese twin of Iris BookCafe, with which it shares a leafy rear courtyard. The store takes its place alongside Everybody's Records, Mole's Record Exchange and Shake It Records as a local purveyor specializing in used vinyl, featuring some 8,000 LPs on display (with some 15,000 more titles in stock).  

Magnolia in Bloom

Magnolia Mountain goes lo-tech and high class on ambitious new album, 'Redbird Green'

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Local Americana/Roots outfit Magnolia Mountain remembers the old days of record-making and wanted to connect with them in some significant way, so they're releasing their new ambitiously sized CD, 'Redbird Green,' in a double-album vinyl format. It was clearly a structure Magnolia frontman Mark Utley was working toward — the titles on the back of the CD are separated into four distinct sides.  

Pop Goes Cincinnati

40 years ago Cincinnati became part of Rock & Roll lore

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Forty years ago this Sunday, Iggy Pop — 23-year-old front man of The Stooges, a defiantly loud and grungy Detroit band — created Rock & Roll mythology at the Cincinnati Summer Pop Festival. Bare-chested, singing "T.V. Eye," he scrambled from the outdoor stage at Crosley Field and went into the crowd, climbing atop the shoulders of frenzied fans to stand above them, like Jesus on water, held up by their sea of hands as he pointed outward. The image, captured on video and still photography, has become iconic.  

A Summer to Remember

On the weekend of Bonnaroo, Cincinnati remembers a monumental Rock festival from 40 years ago

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The June 1970 Cincinnati Summer Pop Festival didn't take place on a farm, as Woodstock had the year before, but rather at a ballpark in the West End. At Crosley Field, home of the Cincinnati Reds, 14 Rock bands played a daylong festival. With new bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Mountain and Iggy Pop and the Stooges, the performers didn't reflect the Age of Aquarius but of what was coming for Rock music in the new decade of the 1970s.  

Fraze Craze

Dayton's Fraze Pavilion offers a great outdoor concert experience

0 Comments · Thursday, June 3, 2010
In Kettering just outside of Dayton, Fraze Pavilion has been offering a more intimate “outdoor amphitheater” alternative to the area’s more arena-sized sheds for the past 19 years. Bringing a theater concert experience to the great outdoors, Fraze has consistently built quality summer schedules largely featuring Oldies and Classic Rock acts.  

Holy Rap

Local Hip Hop artist D’Maub wants to move your soul and perhaps save it in the process

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
To most people the words "Gospel" and "Hip Hop" would seem mutually exclusive and to combine them would be a confusing convergence of concepts. It's difficult to reconcile the swaggering braggadocio, rampant misogynism and dissipating lifestyle of Hip Hop with a devout Christian perspective, but for Cincinnati rapper D'Maub it's a personal crusade.  

Voices in the Garaj

Garaj Mahal introduces new drummer and new album on latest tour

0 Comments · Monday, May 31, 2010
For instrumental Jazz/Fusion/Jam quartet Garaj Mahal, the next logical frontier to explore would be to add vocals to its repertoire. Although the band has utilized vocal melodies as a textural component over the years, the members have never actually sung in the strictest definition of the term ... until the recent release of their seventh album, 'More Mr. Nice Guy.'  

Five-Sided History

After nearly 40 years, Pentagram remains a fascinating force in the Metal scene

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
Back in the early 1970s, when he was still just a teenager, Bobby Liebling (inspired by the work of UFO, Uriah Heep and Blue Cheer) founded the first iteration of Pentagram. The Metal community and the world in general have felt the ripples ever since. "It's totally surreal," he says, "but I love the fact that I'm not retro, I'm not Stoner Rock. I'm one of the dinosaurs that made it all the way through the Ice Age."   

Better Living Through Rebellion

Thee Silver Mt. Zion excavate Punk Rock on its own terms

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Since entering pop culture over three decades ago, Punk has become a muddled word with a small army of variations and sub-categories following in its wake. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra now further complicates things, as the hallmarks of its sound hold little relation to Punk. Still, Efrim Menuck links his band to the genre by way of its DIY sensibility.  

Throwdown In Yo Town

Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman tries his hand at Country music

0 Comments · Monday, May 17, 2010
Kevin Lyman has seen the future of Country music, and he's bringing it to an amphitheater near you in the form of the Country Throwdown Tour. Featuring a bill dominated by the scene's rising stars, the package tour on several levels embodies the new world Lyman expects the Country music industry and its artists to face in the not-distant future.  

Ill Poetic and Approach [Live Streaming Concert]

0 Comments · Thursday, May 13, 2010
Around 10:00 p.m. Thursday, May 13, you'll be able to watch live streaming video from the live show headlined by Ill Poetic and Approach at the Mad Hatter. Come check it out tonight!  

The French Connection

Ricky Nye celebrates two-year-old album with the French trio that made it possible

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 11, 2010
There's nothing out of the ordinary about a band doing a string of local dates to celebrate the release of an album. It is unusual when the album is nearly two years old and the band has to fly in from France for the shows. For Boogie Woogie Blues piano master Ricky Nye, the CD release hoopla is turning out exactly the way he envisioned it, if slightly after the fact.   

It’s Good to Be Kings

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings draw influence from music created in the Queen City

0 Comments · Monday, May 10, 2010
In a feature in The New York Times Magazine, Gabriel Roth — co-owner of Daptone Records and creator, songwriter, arranger and bassist (under the name Bosco Mann) for the increasingly successful retro-Soul/Funk band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings — recalled the great music he listened to in college: James Brown's work for Cincinnati's King Records. Roth had a specific fondness for Brown's 'Gettin' Down to It,' a 1969 album he recorded with (as Roth told writer Saki Knafo) "these white Jazz guys" — the Dee Felice Trio.  

Buzz Bunny

Scotland's Frightened Rabbit comes to America under a cloud of heavy anticipation

0 Comments · Monday, May 3, 2010
There's quite a bit of anticipation about Scottish Indie Rock band Frightened Rabbit's first-ever Cincinnati-area concert Thursday. Since their first U.S. tour in 2007 — and especially since the recent release of their third studio album, 'The Winter of Mixed Drinks' — the five-piece band has been earning lots of mentions as the next U2.