Singer Liam Cormier vows to expand his repertoire of aching, personal tracks on Cancer Bats' new album, due in April. He describes it as "Glenn Danzig going on a camping trip with Black Flag's Greg Ginn, a reanimated Vincent Price and the Beastie Boys." Despite that incongruous congregation, he swears the band's third CD is its most cohesive work yet.
Even as record sales dip to no apparent end, labels are still a significant source of pride, stability, experience and (despite poor sales) money for young bands. The Swellers know a good label's value intimately, probably because it's taken them eight years to find one.
Ask Mark Sultan how he's doing, and small talk threatens to turn scatological. As The King Khan & BBQ Show cruise past Oregonian woodlands en route to its Portland date, the singer/guitarist responds with a bill of clean health and quickly reports that the highlight of his drive has been a deer adorned with "a Mohawk of shit."
Knowing the reputations of Arish “King” Khan and Sultan (aka “BBQ”), it’s tough to be legitimately offended by the smut they unapologetically spew. In the ’90s the pair served in the feisty Spaceshits. Today, the Montreal/Berlin-based troublemakers use the Show as an outlet to revel in a time-tripping goulash of Doo Wop and Garage Rock. They play the Northside Tavern.
Choronomega, Black Cobra’s September full-length from Southern Lord, represents a point of growth for the band as an increased focus on their existentialism-tinged lyrics and engaging album art. This Sludge Metal band plays the Southgate House with Paralyzer and Black Tusk.
In its infancy, the pummeling Sludge Metal of Black Cobra wasn't generated by a full-time "band." Instead, it was produced by two musicians working remotely from separate coasts, Jason Landrian and Raffa Martinez. That was a few years ago, but they have no plans of expanding past the current ranks.
Though there is a vast audience for video game-related music, the sounds’ architects are scattered across the country and beyond. To repair this dilemma, two gaming aficionados have founded NerdPow!, an affair touted as “The Great Lake Region's first and only Nerdcore and video game music concert.” 11 a.m. Holiday Inn Sharonville.
With game developers taking frequent technological leaps and the popularity of Rock Band and Guitar Hero nearing the point of cultural oversaturation, current video game music is light years removed from the tinny din and clunky MIDI palettes of yesteryear. Exhibit A: Cincinnati's first NerdPow!, featuring live performances, a subculture-chronicling documentary film and games to play as musicians rotate between sets.
The Lansing, Mich.-based group — starring brothers Ben and Ian Graham (the latter handles bass and vocals) and guitarist Adam Aymor — turn out vibrant Power Pop/Pop-Punk with heavy ‘90s Alt/Indie Rock vibes. My Roaring 20s, the band’s second full-length, was released last month. They play the Bikehaus with Failures' Union, Knife the Symphony and Army Coach.