Cincinnati native David Bell’s latest thriller, The Forgotten Girl,
centers on Jason Danvers, a 45-year-old graphic designer in small-town
Ohio whose comfortable existence is seriously altered when his wayward
younger sister re-enters his life.
Speedy Ortiz has gone from basement shows in the quartet's native Northampton, Mass., to massive festivals like Bonnarro in whiplash fashion. Yet the band has handled the transition deftly, delivering its slanted, guitar-driven ditties with the same offhanded grace no matter the setting.
“Drive-By Buddy,” the opening track on the Black Lips’ recently minted Underneath the Rainbow,
sounds like Faces by way of The Monkees, its Honky-Tonk guitar riff and
galloping beat leavened by the quartet’s usual assortment of lyrical
goofiness: “Well brother, what’s the matter/Do you hate the life you’ve
chose/Well I hope it doesn’t flatter, when you’re bathing with a
hose/But as long as your butt’s clean, then it’s all good.”
Did anyone believe that the decadent clan known as The Dandy Warhols would be around two decades after their formation in Portland, Ore.? Frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor will be the first to say, "No way."
The people who run the University of Cincinnati’s Department of English and Comparative Literature once again show their good taste by inviting author Claire Messud to be a featured speaker at the department’s annual Visiting Writers Series.