often hard to discern what the hell frontman Alex Edkins is raging on
about, but it doesn’t matter much when your frontal lobe is blown off
via the trio’s lacerating racket, which sounds like In Utero-era Nirvana on fast-forward or Fugazi at its immersive, air-raid-siren best.
Warpaint emits a hypnotic, groove-based
blend of textures and emotions that could only have sprouted from the
fertile imaginations of its four members. There’s a mysterious, unpredictable element to the band’s
lush vocals and mood-altering soundscapes that is all its own.
Patrick Stickles’ impassioned yelps are
impossible to ignore. The frontman for New Jersey-based Indie Rock
outfit Titus Andronicus sounds as if he’s on fire, fueled by the passion
of his dense, richly detailed lyrical concerns, which range from the
American Civil War and the dangers of contemporary capitalism to food
fights and getting trashed.
The Cincinnati Festival (CFF) kicked off
its fourth year last weekend and continues through Sunday with
screenings at various venues (though most will take place at Tower Place
Mall). The festival boasts some 100 films (including 39 feature-length
offerings) across numerous genres and styles, none more anticipated than
the local premiere of Cincinnati native Tom Berninger’s Mistaken for Strangers, which screened Sept. 6 at Memorial Hall.