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.
It’s not surprising that Cincinnati's Aaron Collins
chose to conduct our recent interview in a coffee shop. Given the
entries in his planning calendar, which include juggling his work
schedule, two bands and all the activities related to his debut solo
album, Godlessly Oscillating, one wouldn’t be surprised if Collins were taking his caffeine intravenously these days.
Rodney Crowell’s visit to Cincinnati this
week might seem to be just a routine return of an “old hand”
Roots-music singer/songwriter — his first solo album, Ain’t Living Long Like This, was released in 1978. But there are some dramatic new developments in Crowell’s long career.
Chicago native Dave McDonnell and his wife settled into their
Cincinnati experience with their daughter’s arrival a couple years ago,
but the saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist attended a similarly joyous
birth when he and a collection of Chicago colleagues recorded his
about-to-be-released Post Jazz album, the dragon and the griffin.
Zebras in Public is rightfully
protective of their brand of juiced-up metallic Soul/Rock and the
band-of-brothers attitude they’ve adopted to create it. The quintet’s
freshly released full-length, Paradise Leg, is the band's second, (and strongest) album.
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.