South Carolina’s Trevor Hall
doesn’t make the kind of music you might expect to come from a native of
the American South. Instead, Hall’s music has a Reggae streak, the kind
of tunes he may have heard growing up in the beach community of Hilton
Head or later at the arts school he attended in California. If you like Jack Johnson and
Colbie Caillat and enjoy grooving to Bob Marley on occasion, Hall’s
releases would fit nicely in your collection.
Spirit Song Festival is once again taking over Kings
Island. The three-day features two dozen of Christian music’s most
famous artists. The lineup includes the likes of Switchfoot, TobyMac,
Owl City, Third Day and NEEDTOBREATHE, as well as Cincinnati’s very own
Mosteller. With such a mixed and well-known lineup, Spirit Song is might well draw its largest audience yet.
Oh, Cincinnatians! Wednesday night, when you filed into the Ballroom at the Taft (Theatre), loudly and drunkenly declaring your love for Dawes, I knew I’d never been more proud of you in all my life. (Except you, Guy Who Tried to Vomit Back into His Beer Can like a sorority girl MacGyver. Know your limits, dude.) You filled the basement with your singing and your cheers and, whether you saw it o...
Remember a few years ago when you couldn’t walk into a Starbucks without hearing the words, “Three words that became hard to say/I and love and you?” At the time, you probably rolled your eyes at yet another attempt to reel in hipsters from their local coffee shops.
However, the man whimpering those words was Scott Avett and his band, The Avett Brothers, ended up becoming … kind of...
Remember a few years ago when you couldn’t walk into a
Starbucks without hearing the words, “Three words that became hard to
say/I and love and you?” At the time, you probably rolled your eyes, but The Avett Brothers ended up becoming kind of a big deal. While “I and Love and You,” as a song, was mostly mellow
and Folk-ish, it’s far from a decent indicator of the sort of noise the
Brothers are capable of creating.
Memorial Day (originally called “Decoration Day”) was founded after the Civil War. The amount of men both the South and the Union lost during the Civil War was so staggering that it is often still referred to as our bloodiest war. Needing a way to grieve for their fallen loved ones, women and children took to the cemeteries to decorate the graves of their killed husbands, fathers and brothers....
Wailing guitars and screaming
Rock stars have their place in the hearts of many Americans, but
they’re certainly not needed to make great Rock music. A quick listen to
Hoots & Hellmouth will prove exactly that. The boys of Hoots
make music that may be different from what graces Top 40 radio, but
it’s far from unique. They’ve fashioned their tunes after stuff we’ve
listened to for decades.
While many bands spend years toiling around, looking for
their place within the music scene, Rise Against found their niche over a
decade ago. They lead the way in making mosh pit-stirring music with