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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.  

Between a Rock and a Latin Place

Indie rocker Javier Mendoza works to correct genre assumptions

0 Comments · Monday, May 3, 2010
Javier Mendoza has become a pretty big deal at home in St. Louis. He's built a loyal fan base that packs his club appearances to capacity, and local media have taken notice, showering him with deserved acclaim and appropriate accolades. Well, almost appropriate. "I've had this stereotype because of my name, so I've gotten 'Latin' a lot," the pop singer/songwriter/guitarist says.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Ego Trippin'

Boasting about false accomplishments is useless for an artist and the scene

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
When you're fresh into a scene, it's hard to know who's telling what truths and who's leading on. The older I get and the more I fully dive into a career in music head-on, it becomes more obvious who's on their game and who's, for lack of a better term, full of shit.  

Mourning Glory for O'Brother

Resplendent Rock is back on the rise as band steadies its lineup

0 Comments · Monday, April 19, 2010
When O'Brother was left without a frontman, the band decided to hold an audition for a new lead vocalist/guitarist. Sadly, the experience wasn't anything resembling 'American Idol': There were no TV cameras, no squealing hordes ready to hear about going to Hollywood, no snarky Brits, no spectacle. "I wish it was like that,' says bassist Anton Dang. "It would probably have been less awkward."  

The Manchester Sound

Manchester Orchestra looks ahead and reflects on success so far

0 Comments · Friday, April 16, 2010
Five years ago, the members of Manchester Orchestra were recent high school graduates looking to expand beyond the parameters of their previous youthful aggregations. Now they've toured with Kings of Leon and Biffy Clyro to support their raw and elemental 2009 album 'Mean Everything to Nothing,' had songs pop up in hot TV shows like 'Gossip Girl' and 'One Tree Hill' and appeared on the cover of this month's Alternative Press magazine.  

Back in Record Time

Vinyl release sales spike, and it's not just for nostalgia's sake

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It hasn't happened yet, but Shake It Records co-owner Darren Blase expects it to start occurring soon. "The next big thing will be people trading in their CDs to buy vinyl," he jokes. Yet as Record Store Day approaches on Saturday, new and used vinyl has become a booming growth area at Cincinnati stores observing the event. Shake It and Everybody's, in fact, have converted rooms entirely to vinyl.   

Rocky's New 'Devotion'

Seattle's Rocky Votolato is rejuvenated by the release of new album

0 Comments · Monday, April 12, 2010
The singer/songwriter's newest album, 'True Devotion,' is a semi-autobiographical Folk-centered collection, one that basically says, "Hi, I'm Rocky, and this is a snapshot of my life during a three-year hiatus." The new record offers a poet wielding an acoustic guitar, his warm storytelling lifted by an innocuous trifecta of drums, keys and strings.  

Crazy Like a Fox

Cincinnati's Foxy Shazam poised to break big with major label debut album

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Foxy Shazam might have signed to super-conglomerate Warner Bros., but they're not reining in their enthusiasm for unhinged craziness and uniquely eccentric creativity. Witness the recurring lyric from "Bye Bye Symphony" from Foxy's about-to-be-released major-label debut, a line at once wildly hilarious, supremely confident and nonsensibly pragmatic: "Life is a bitch, but she's totally doable." That sentiment belongs on the bumper of every car in America.  

Tempering the Tantrums

The Bronx's raging, rafters-rattling clatter finds new angles

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Matt Caughthran's near-death life experiences tie into The Bronx's MO: seek destruction out, let destruction come to you and channel the havoc into Hard Rock-tinged Hardcore Punk. The band's sound is driven by the thrill that comes with spitting in the face of impending doom.