Home · Articles · By Brian Baker
Brian Baker
Top Articles from Brian Baker

Music: Seabird

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
If anyone had charted Seabird’s potential career arc based on the Cincinnati band’s first five years, its current trajectory would have been somewhere above the stratosphere.  The fact that   

Portugal. The Man

June 14 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 11, 2013
 After a handful of consistently diverse indie albums, Portugal. The Man got the call from the big leagues and delivered a world-class major-label debut with 2011's glam-charged In the Mountain in the Cloud.

Music: Nappy Roots with Oreo Jones and Tobotius

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Last year, Nappy Roots was reduced to a quartet after the defection of Big V, who also wanted to explore his solo options; the remaining members (Fish Scales, Skinny DeVille, B. Stille and Ron Clutch)  

Music: Kenny Roby

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Kenny Roby’s first album in seven years is one of 2013’s best. Roby is philosophical when considering his place in the musical food chain. His big break in the ’90s came when his rootsy Ame  

Music: The Lumineers with Cold War Kids

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Finding the scene competition in their Brooklyn base a bit too bloodthirsty, duo vocalist/guitarist Wesley Schultz and drummer Jeremiah Fraites relocated to Denver, Colo., and recruited cell  

Mighty Like Some Prose

Kenny Roby’s first album in seven years is one of 2013’s best

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
After Six String Drag in the ’90s and some fairly low-profile solo LPs, singer/songwriter Kenny Roby tops it all with Memories & Birds.  

Nappy Roots

May 29 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
There are more than a few surprises in the long and fairly illustrious timeline of Nappy Roots. The Hip Hop collective first assembled in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1995, and then spent the next four years honing their craft and sharpening their skills.    

The Lumineers with Cold War Kids

June 4 • Riverbend

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The Lumineers’ upward trajectory began in early 2011, when they secured management after posting a YouTube video of a performance of their future hit single, “Ho Hey.”    

Ray of Light

How the late Ray Manzarek guided one writer down the path to Rock obsession

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 24, 2013
Last Monday, while surfing through the various music sites I routinely monitor in the course of a day, a brief notation in a chatbox simultaneously caught my eye and stopped my heart: "Ray Manzarek RIP." A quick Google search confirmed the terrible news that The Doors keyboardist had passed away on May 20 in Germany while seeking treatment for bile duct cancer. By virtue of my mid-'50s birth,...  

Music: Andrew W.K.

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
In 2002, I interviewed Andrew W.K. about his debut full length, I Get Wet, famous for its cover shot of his hemorrhaging nose and ubiquitous hit single, "Party Hard." Back then, AWK was trying to br