the decades have passed and several members have moved in and out,
Supersuckers remain committed to flippant, hooky, high-energy,
underground-friendly Rock & Roll that heavily draws from Rockabilly,
Garage Rock, Country and Punk.
There’s an interesting paradigm in
Folk/Americana singer/songwriter Arlo McKinley’s career. McKinley has only been on the
scene since 2012; his alter ego, Tim Carr, was a back-of-the-stage
fixture for many years. But when Carr moved into the spotlight to front his Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, he found
it necessary to adopt a new persona to handle the increased attention.
In light of reports from shows in Australia and New Zealand (and with a heavy dose of wishful thinking), here are some suggestions for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's set at their tour stop in Cincinnati.
Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have known
each other since attending junior high together in upstate New York in
the late ’90s. Their friendship came in handy when, in 2007, Carter was
looking to start a new musical project, one in which Hip Hop beats could
commingle with atmospheric Indie Pop. Enter Phantogram.
Last October, Bobby Bare was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His long career featured some
twists and turns that found him leaving his southern Ohio home to try
and find success in California and elsewhere before eventually landing
in Nashville. Along the way, Cincinnati’s Fraternity Records played an
unexpected part in his success.
A unique group of accomplished
musicians will soon combine forces to bring a night of swampy tunes and
rootsy grooves to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. Luther Dickinson, Anders
Osborne, Marc Broussard and JJ Grey each have strong legacies and
careers of their own, but as The Southern Soul Assembly, they come
together to play songs, tell stories and collaborate.
A decade ago, years before American
keyboardist Adam Weiner and British drummer/guitarist Dan Finnemore
realized their vision of incendiary Piano Rock as Low Cut Connie, Weiner
made his Greater Cincinnati solo debut. Booked at the original
Southgate House, Weiner found an audience unimpressed
with his offerings.
Most native Jamaicans I’ve met are
possessed of a similar quality, namely a Zen-like balance between an
intense drive to do the best possible job regardless of the task at hand
and an almost blissful serenity borne of faith. That quality radiates from now-Cincinnati-based Reggae
singer/songwriter Milton Blake in palpable waves.
Sean “Scary” Garner, one half of
Cincinnati-based Black Signal, claims his Electronica project got its
moniker from garbled transmissions from outer space.
It’s a fitting title given the unique brand of Electronic music that
Garner and bandmate Matt Ogden have been assembling.
Sunbather, the second album from
Deafheaven, is a true listening “experience.” Clocking in at just under
an hour, it moves from the epic blast-furnace riffage and jackhammer
drumming of “Dream House” to the pensive, piano-laced wanderings of
“Irresistible” with uncommon grace and fluidity. And that’s just the
first two songs.