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Bonnaroo 2013: Walk The Moon Thrills

{CommentsCant} · Friday, June 14, 2013
As Thursday began, we heard the tragic news of two people from the Tristate who were killed in an automobile accident on their way to the festival. (Five others were injured in the same crash.)
All told, Bonnaroo attendees and staff number close to 90,000 souls during peak hours. For this long weeken...  

Playing By Heart

The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd releases first solo effort

1 Comments · Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Though he started out playing drums with The Flaming Lips, in recent years Stephen Drozd's role as cosmic tinkerer has expanded to include invaluable multi-instrumental contributions to the band’s sound. His recent soundtrack album is very much like an instrumental Flaming Lips record, but Drozd alone has crafted something here that is much more fun and engaging than the band’s recent output.   

Skanking With Duppy A'Jamba

Reggae/Ska/Punk merrymakers are one of the best live acts in the area

5 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Squirming and sidling through the tiny front barroom at Crazy Fox in Newport, I finally leap up the two steps that lead to the back room, where Duppy A’Jamba is rocking out for a packed house. I see the familiar faces of friends and join them on the perimeter of a jam-packed dance floor. Duppy frontman J Duckworth is a dancing, dervish hybrid of Peter Tosh and Joe Strummer. He punches the air with boisterous barks and shouts, straining a voice already ragged and raspy. And it's still early in the band's first set of the evening.   

Rockin', Robbin'

A songwriter's tale of moving on after rejection and possible grand larceny

2 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
It might have been a story of a Nick Hornby character living off the royalties of his father's hit Christmas song. But the story my father never told me until I was in my thirties is more like Tim Burton's film 'Big Fish,' wherein a son confronts the likelihood that not all of his aging father's wild tales could possibly be true, only to find out in the end that they were.  

Super-Massive (Profile)

They're one of the most original Reggae bands you'll ever hear

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Recently I met up with the members of local Reggae giants Super-Massive at The Mad Frog in Corryville, where they play every Thursday. The band is wrapping up a year that's included many successes and milestones, including the release of their self-titled debut CD in September and, just last month, winning their first Cincinnati Entertainment Award.  

Joe Henry: Civilians

[Anti- Records]

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Joe Henry's 'Scar' (2001) and 'Tiny Voices' (2003) are two of my favorite records from the last 10 years. So I'll be the first to admit that I might be approaching his new release with unreasonably expectations.  

Neil Young: Chrome Dreams II

[Reprise Records]

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Neil Young is hearing voices again. They speak, and Neil follows their commands. This time they've convinced him to release the sequel to an unissued album from 1977. Only Neil Young releases a sequel to a record that never came out.  

PJ Harvey: White Chalk (Island)

CD Review

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Strangely sexy pathos intact, PJ Harvey's ghostly ethereal voice cuts right to the painful point in the opening seconds of her new disc White Chalk, purring "Soon as I'm left alone, the Devil e  

Music: Frankly, Genius

Dweezil Zappa introduces a new generation to his father's underrated brilliance

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Frank Zappa left behind a complex and precious legacy that remains, ironically, a relatively unknown American treasure. Over the course of a career that spanned three decades, he released over 80  

Music: Southern Comfort

Now in Texas, former Cincinnatians return on tour with Mr. Brown

0 Comments · Saturday, June 30, 2007
Imposing in stature yet disarmingly humble by nature, P.J. Herrington is a giant of a man with a heart of gold. A modest, modern mystic on a musical mission. Pulling his overloaded SUV into the pa