Back in the ‘70s, John Denver wrote the line, “I’d no
more love just one kind of woman than drink only one kind of wine.” Guy
Forsyth takes a similar approach when it comes to playing music in
general, and the Blues specifically.
While most R&B and Dance Pop artists
keep things light lyrically, singing playful songs about the opposite
sex, going to clubs, partying and other just-for-fun subjects, there’s
not much sweetness and light on K. Michelle’s debut album, Rebellious Soul. And don’t look for any typical heartbroken anthems, either.
Dave and Phil Alvin hadn't made an album together since Dave left The Blasters in the mid-’80s. But their longtime mutual love for Blues icon Big Bill
Broonzy recently brought them back together for a new full-length, Common Ground.
Last spring, singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson was overly anxious about the arrival of his debut album, High Top Mountain.
He’s spent this year simultaneously anticipating the birth of his debut
child and the reception of his just-released sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.
Brad Shultz has had a good deal of time to live with Melophobia,
the latest album from his band, Cage The Elephant. And some six months
after its release, he’s still feeling more at home with Melophobia than the band’s first two albums.
The members of Martin Luther and the
Kings are recovering from a long night of partying, performing and
drinking. Guitarist and vocalist “Hellcat” Matt Smith, bassist Aaron
“Bogie” Bogren and drummer Jimmy “Jims” Snowden are sitting at a table
with pints of Guinness, hot wings and sunglasses, all within reach.
Sitting down with Northern Kentucky-based
Punk rockers The Nothing on May the 4th (Star Wars Day for the
non-geeks in the audience) felt like fate. The members of the band
(vocalist Jimi Caudill, guitarist Paulie Burgio, drummer Eric Robinson
and bassist Dan Snow) have all had a Jedi-esque journey of redemption
littered with band transitions, relationship implosions, addiction and
As the music recording business continues
to shrink, the music merchandising business continues to grow. In the
last few years, one of the most unusual burgeoning merch trends has been
bands attaching themselves to alcoholic beverages.
There is a very particular bit of artist-centric evidence that determines the ostensible success of an album. Everybody’s Feelin’ Real,
the new release from Cincinnati Funktronica legend Freekbass, is packed
like a Kardashian’s overstuffed suitcase with that specific proof.
Poliça frontwoman Channy Leaneagh has led a
fairly colorful life to date. It has included a stint at the Ramsey
Fine Arts school in Minneapolis, forming the acoustic Folk/Rock duo Roma
di Luna with former Oddjobs member Alexei Casselle after graduating
high school, becoming an art teacher in Cambodia for a year, marrying
Casselle, giving birth to their daughter, expanding Roma di Luna to a
full band and crafting a handful of acclaimed releases.
The Men are busy. Formed in Brooklyn in
2008 by co-frontdudes/guitarists Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, the
current five-piece has dropped five albums in the last five years, the
last four for its hometown label Sacred Bones.