Blake Mills is busy. The 25-year-old
guitar prodigy has worked relentlessly in recent years as an in-demand
session and touring musician, collaborating with a wide range of artists, nearly all of whom use hyperbolic
language to describe his unique talents. And now he’s touring with Fiona Apple,
both as her guitarist and as her opening act.
Rising from the ashes of Minneapolis’ Gayngs collective,
Polica is a chilly, beat-driven Electro outfit that mixes the shimmering
vocals of Channy Leaneagh with the sleek production work of Ryan Olson.
Imperial Teen is still kicking, still churning out
singularly crafted Indie Pop so ear-pleasingly addictive that it’s kind
of remarkable they’re not more of a household name. But, then again,
that’s never been the band’s reason for being.
Now in its third year, the Cincinnati
Film Festival is committed to helping filmmakers project their visions,
as more than 80 works of various lengths and styles will grace venues in
Clifton, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Sept. 6-14.
Talk shows used to be about talk.
Conversation was cultivated, not cut off. Ted Clark is here to reverse that trend with Ted Clark After Dark,
a local talk show that could — and often does — go anywhere at any
Lauren Greenfield’s documentary tracks the construction of the biggest private residence in America, billionaire David Siegel’s 90,000-square-foot behemoth inspired by the Palace of Versailles. The Queen of Versailles is an intimate, often engrossing tale that just happens to be an apt metaphor for a worldwide realignment.
Jay Roach, director of the Austin Powers movies as well as the excellent HBO-backed political dramas Game Change and Recount,
would seem the perfect guy to guide this ribald satire of a North
Carolina congressional race wherein each candidate is flawed.
When I told a friend via cell phone that a band called A
Lull was about to take the stage at the recently completed Pitchfork
Music Festival his response was, “A what?” Possibly uninspired moniker aside, Chicago’s A Lull went
on to deliver a dynamic, percussively driven set that drew heavily from
the band’s 2011 full-length, Confetti, and this year’s EP, Meat Mountain.