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.
In 2010, Hugo Manuel debuted Chad Valley — a
project named after a British brand of toys and an area in Birmingham —
with a self-titled EP. A year later, he issued another EP, Equatorial Ultravox, and in 2012 his first full-length, Young Hunger, landed. Young Hunger demonstrates
the warmth of Caribou shining through, even though that inspiration stands in the shadow of the
pronounced influence of 1980s Pop.
Julianna Barwick, whose music consists of
ethereal and largely wordless vocals looped and otherwise layered to
achieve a haunting choral effect as she plays keyboards, has booked some
unusual venues for the tour that brings her to Cincinnati this week.
With Newgrass heroes Yonder Mountain String Band’s mandolinist Jeff Austin sitting out the band’s current tour due to his brand-new baby, two members of ace Bluegrass crew Del McCoury Band will be filling in for the proud papa.
Laid up with an illness after moving to New York City, Foxygen drummer and child actor/voice talent Shaun Fleming produced his surprisingly lush solo debut as Diane Coffee with minimal instruments and a Macbook Pro.
Weekend guitarist/vocalist Shaun Durkan has certainly gotten plenty of feedback concerning Jinx, the band’s second release. And while no one has exactly accused Durkan of sophomore-slumping on Jinx,
there’s certainly been a fair amount of grumbling about the differences
between the album and its louder and more visceral predecessor,
In Greek mythology, a Siren was a
gorgeous woman whose enchanting songs caused innumerable sailors to
shipwreck, never to be seen again. It is somewhat ironic, then, that
Northern Kentucky-based Siren is a Heavy Metal group featuring four very
furry young men. But for local metalheads, Siren’s mix of a Doom
foundation — with Thrash and Death Metal components — is just as
intoxicating as the verses of old.