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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.  

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.