There is a very particular bit of artist-centric evidence that determines the ostensible success of an album. Everybody’s Feelin’ Real, the new release from Cincinnati Funktronica legend Freekbass, is packed like a Kardashian’s overstuffed suitcase with that specific proof.
Poliça frontwoman Channy Leaneagh has led a
fairly colorful life to date. It has included a stint at the Ramsey
Fine Arts school in Minneapolis, forming the acoustic Folk/Rock duo Roma
di Luna with former Oddjobs member Alexei Casselle after graduating
high school, becoming an art teacher in Cambodia for a year, marrying
Casselle, giving birth to their daughter, expanding Roma di Luna to a
full band and crafting a handful of acclaimed releases.
If there’s a commemorative tablet
somewhere inscribed with the names of the most unlikely people to be
drawn into the Grateful Dead’s musical universe, Jackie Greene should be
chiseled on it along with Pop/Jazz pianist Bruce Hornsby and former
Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick.
If Cruz Contreras’ name sounds familiar,
you may remember his stint with Robinella and the CCstringband, the
jazzy Bluegrass group he co-founded with his wife Robinella Bailey in
the late ’90s (he was “CC,” naturally).
It’s not surprising that Cincinnati's Aaron Collins
chose to conduct our recent interview in a coffee shop. Given the
entries in his planning calendar, which include juggling his work
schedule, two bands and all the activities related to his debut solo
album, Godlessly Oscillating, one wouldn’t be surprised if Collins were taking his caffeine intravenously these days.
Supergroups are problematic in that egos
and talent levels tend to cancel each other out, and musical
combinations that sound good in theory often implode in the execution
phase. The other musical construct that can be fraught with its own
particular series of pitfalls is the
musician-carrying-on-the-family-name scenario. Royal Southern Brotherhood would seem to
be flying in the face of a boatload of potential negatives as their
lineup reflects both situations.
Matt Pryor maintains a creative pace that
would give the most hyperactive Type A personality an inferiority
complex. The vocalist/guitarist started off in the Ska/Punk band Secret
Decoder Ring two decades ago. When that band dissolved in 1995, he
formed The Get Up Kids with the Pope brothers and Jim Suptic from fellow
Kansas City locals Kingpin.
How best to describe the lush danceable
laptop Hip Pop/Indie Rock of French Horn Rebellion? If you’re known by
the company you keep, the Milwaukee-raised/Brooklyn-based duo is rubbing
elbows with the right kind of people, including Savoir Adore, Nini Fabi
(HAERTS), Ghost Beach, MGMT and a veritable who’s who within the