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The Hussy

June 24 • The Chameleon

0 Comments · Monday, June 17, 2013
 One minute the Hussy is thundering like the bastard twin of The Stooges and The Nomads and the next it bops around like The B-52s if they'd envisioned "Rock Lobster" as a brutal, lo-fi Punk manifesto.

Happy Me Day

The basic, rewarding, maddening and beautiful simplicity in being — and having — a father

{CommentsCant} · Friday, June 14, 2013
I¹ve been celebrating Father's Day for well over 50 years now. In its earliest incarnations, I'm sure gifts and cards were bought on my behalf, but eventually it was time to take the reins and handle the responsibility myself.

For a long stretch, my go-to present for my father was the lastest Bill Cosby record, partly because he truly enjoyed Cosby's work, but mostly because I wanted to h...  

Long List of Pryors

A new box set celebrates the incendiary genius that was and continues to be Richard Pryor

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, June 13, 2013
In the beginning, there was Lenny Bruce. And Lenny Bruce said the word "fuck" and the word was good.  Unfortunately, the word killed his career, and heroin killed his body, but he softened the ground for the Holy Trinity of comedy to follow; Robert Klein (keen observationalist with a social/cultural conscience), George Carlin (an acrobatic magician's use of language in the service of ever...  

What Would Seabird Do?

Seabird breaks free from a label-created pigeonhole with self-released Troubled Days

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
After leaving the label that, against its wishes, promoted it as solely a “Christian band,” Cincinnati’s Seabird flies on its own with the new self-released album, Troubled Days.

Music: Portugal. The Man with Skaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
After a handful of consistently diverse indie albums that found them directly or tangentially referencing The Beatles, Radiohead and Brian Eno, Portugal. The Man got the call from the big leagues and   

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