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Slothpop Isn't Slouching

Indianapolis Indie ensemble takes hold of imagination and ambition

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
At its most basic, Slothpop's sound is restrained Indie Pop. The arrangements are tempered and utilitarian in design, the melodies are sweetly sonorous but not overbearing and instruments move in and out with clockwork care. The overarching minimalism means you have to dig around for nuance and listen intently to soak it in. Slothpop's sound tends to not come to you; you have to get closer to it.  

Girl Talk Is a Mash Monster

Gregg Gillis makes bold new sounds out of existing music

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Neither hot producer nor veteran session musician, Gregg Gillis — recording as Girl Talk — is a brilliant sonic collagist with a gift for combining shards of existing and incredibly disparate work by renowned artists and turning them into supreme mash-ups.  

2010 All Over Again

The year in recordings, Greater Cincinnati-style

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2010
A testament to the sheer quantity of quality releases by Cincinnati area artists this past year is the fact that before I went to the archives for a little memory jog about what came about in 2010, I did an off-the-top-of-my-head list and came up with 50. Immediately. In years past, the year in local recordings wrap-up has usually hovered around 40 or so releases. And that was post-archive scour.  

Our Beautiful Dark Listed Fantasies

Local musicians and music scribes pick their fave moments of 2010

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 22, 2010
What'cha wanna know? The best songs to walk your dog to? Some album that must be in your collection? The funniest anagram for the band name Freelance Whales? Or maybe you want to recall the best moments of Cincinnati music or MPMF. Whatever your motivation, we brought together local musicians and writers to create over a dozen top 10 lists for your amusement and delight.  

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.