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Resting the Wicked

With sights set on Austin, Jason Ludwig goes solo, creating a Pop symphony

4 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2011
It is quiet. Tall and thin, Jason Ludwig’s blue eyes hide under prominent brows. His hair is long, light brown, tied back. Mellow, sipping a beer, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, when he talks, it flows, and he often moves his hands, easily gesturing and often guiding talk to the topic of music. Making solid eye contact, Ludwig periodically runs his fingers through his full beard. His dog, Rad, clearly likes women.  

Sassy Molasses (Profile)

Sassy Molasses brings Cincinnati some barefoot-Bluegrass sweat and heart

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
We meet at the Waffle House. Behold the brown and orange seats, the slippery booths, the jukebox, the clock sporting the name of the place. Yeah, we’re on Waffle House time. Moriah Haven Lawson, founder of modern Bluegrass trio Sassy Molasses, chose the meeting place. “We country folk feel at home there,” she says.  

Music: Sassy Molasses

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 24, 2011
We meet at the Waffle House. Behold the brown and orange seats, the slippery booths, the jukebox, the clock sporting the name of the place. Yeah, we’re on Waffle House time. Moriah Haven Lawson, founder of modern Bluegrass trio Sassy Molasses (providing vocals, mandolin, violin, guitar and songwriting), chose the meeting place. “We country folk feel at home there,” she says.  

Wild Talents (Profile)

Local Pop/Punk/Shoegaze band readies its first EP with extra perception

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Studying E.T.s and paranormal oddities was all in a day’s work for Charles Fort, a writer/researcher who developed a cult following. In 1932, Fort coined the phrase “wild talents,” referring to eerie psychic and mental abilities. Named after the book by the same name, in this same supernatural vein, local band Wild Talents breathes out ghostly Pop/Punk with a Shoegaze feel.  

Music: Wild Talents

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Studying E.T.s and paranormal oddities was all in a day's work for Charles Fort, a writer/researcher who developed a cult following. In 1932, Fort coined the phrase "wild talents," referring to eerie psychic and mental abilities. Named after the book by the same name, in this same supernatural vein, local band Wild Talents breathes out ghostly Pop/Punk with a Shoegaze feel. All songs set a contemplative mood.  

The Dukes (Profile)

New album kicks some filthy Rock ass

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2011
A mix between Led Zeppelin, Dead Confederate and The White Stripes, The Dukes’ work is supremely energetic, passionate Rock with a garagey sound, mixed with the catchy Blues groove of The Black Keys. Like Black Sabbath, there’s a touch of bad, sweaty, loud, sexy, thick, intense, drunken Classic Rock. And the band has a kickin’ live show that’s far from careful.  

Music: The Dukes

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A mix between Led Zeppelin, Dead Confederate and The White Stripes, The Dukes' work is supremely energetic, passionate Rock with a garagey sound, mixed with the catchy Blues groove of The Black Keys. Like Black Sabbath, there's a touch of bad, sweaty, loud, sexy, thick, intense, drunken Classic Rock. And the band has a kickin' live show that's far from careful. Gritty realism. All from the heart and the gut.  

The Wild Inside

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 1, 2011
At the core, I long for both sides — the practical and the soulful connection. No, I don’t expect this all of the time. I am realistic as well. The mountain woman, sure, she saw other people, and I was a mess, but how she often brought out the joy in me. The driveway man, sure, it was a one night stand. I guess I could see it like that. But he shook me up, pushing me to write, and I’m still at it.  

The Hiders

Dec. 18 • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
At times, The Hiders' new album 'Four Letter Town' speaks of sweeping land, train tracks or the simplest row of straight trees that blend to touch. Other times, a curious, quiet night, a blue-green-gray sky or the echo of the cover of the band's first album, the black howling wolf. And then it just rocks out. Sometimes it's a shadowy place, but one you'll want to revisit.  

Capturing the Hiders

The Hiders' new album is a secretive, intricate place and an artistic web of sound

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2010
A ghost in its own right, the title track on The Hiders' new album, 'Four Letter Town,' is one that lead singer/guitarist Billy Alletzhauser kicked around for years before the band even existed. Although he calls it a "simple song," he recorded various versions, enveloped in a tricky, drawn-out struggle to harness and reveal the tune's true essence. Some songs sit and smolder before they rise up to burn and glow. Some apparitions do indeed come alive.