CityBeat - Locals Only <![CDATA[Sassy Molasses (Profile) - Sassy Molasses brings Cincinnati some barefoot-Bluegrass sweat and heart]]> We meet at the Waffle House. Behold the brown and orange seats, the slippery booths, the jukebox, the clock sporting the name of the place. Yeah, we’re on Waffle House time. Moriah Haven Lawson, founder of modern Bluegrass trio Sassy Molasses, chose the meeting place. “We country folk feel at home there,” she says.]]> <![CDATA[Wild Talents (Profile) - Local Pop/Punk/Shoegaze band readies its first EP with extra perception]]> Studying E.T.s and paranormal oddities was all in a day’s work for Charles Fort, a writer/researcher who developed a cult following. In 1932, Fort coined the phrase “wild talents,” referring to eerie psychic and mental abilities. Named after the book by the same name, in this same supernatural vein, local band Wild Talents breathes out ghostly Pop/Punk with a Shoegaze feel.]]> <![CDATA[Great Young Hunters (Profile) - Local Indie rockers take their time to concoct a quality debut album]]> Emptying change jars, digging through couch cushions, turning pockets inside out, shining a flashlight under the fridge hoping to retrieve a lost quarter from yesteryear — some bands will do anything to get into the recording studio. Rounding up some money to lay down a few tracks is a rite of passage nowadays. For Northern Kentucky’s Great Young Hunters, this wasn’t just a rite of passage; it was pretty much a monthly occurrence.]]> <![CDATA[Farehaven (Profile) - Short on history, but long on talent and ambition]]> Farehaven doesn’t fit comfortably in any single genre, as they borrow liberally from various styles to create an energetic Rock hybrid that works within a wide range of musical contexts. That flexibility will make them an excellent opening/multi-bill act going forward.]]> <![CDATA[The Dukes (Profile) - New album kicks some filthy Rock ass]]> A mix between Led Zeppelin, Dead Confederate and The White Stripes, The Dukes’ work is supremely energetic, passionate Rock with a garagey sound, mixed with the catchy Blues groove of The Black Keys. Like Black Sabbath, there’s a touch of bad, sweaty, loud, sexy, thick, intense, drunken Classic Rock. And the band has a kickin’ live show that’s far from careful.]]> <![CDATA[Eric Tepe Band (Profile) - Proudly accessible Pop/Rock is ripe for radio airplay]]> Many artists feel as though the word “radio” carries with it the perception of commercial compromise and the taint of diminished artistic content in favor of increased sales. Cincinnati-based vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Eric Tepe understands that mindset but also feels there are ways to be commercially viable while maintaining artistic integrity.]]> <![CDATA[Walk the Moon (Profile) - New album could be catalyst for big things for Cincy's Art Pop group]]> Until recently, Walk the Moon’s membership had more turnovers than the Bengals in the fourth quarter. The band’s lineup has fluctuated since vocalist/keyboardist Nicholas Petricca officially put WTM together three years ago, but that situation changed in 2010. Since recording their debut full length I Want! I Want! in late 2009, the band underwent yet another complete shift.]]> <![CDATA[The Reanimated (Profile) - Local Horror Punk band gets down to work on new monster]]> People say Punk Rock is dead. Some say it died with Sid Vicious, others say Joey Ramone. But no matter which trailblazer took Punk Rock to his grave, the in-your-face, D.I.Y., fuck-the-world attitude is, indeed, dead. But it isn’t exactly resting in peace.]]> <![CDATA[The Graveblankets (Profile) - After lengthy hiatus, Chris Arduser and friends return with new/old album]]> "Grave blankets" are defined as decorative covers for gravesites. For nearly a decade, it seemed as though Chris Arduser — best known for his work with psychodots, The Bears, Adrian Belew and a variety of related bands and artists — had relegated his popular Americana side project of the same name to his own personal musical cemetery. The hiatus has ended, and the band has re-emerged with new energy and a new album.]]> <![CDATA[Switchblade Syndicate (Profile) - Diverse, high-energy rockers cut their own path]]> Rock & Roll is a cliche. The radio is filled with countless songs about love and loss, sin and redemption and sex and drugs, most written by one-hit wonders. But what if the songs were actually memorable? What if the music put vice clamps on your grey matter and didn't let go? What if the lyrics stuck with you well after last call? It's those kinds of songs that have made Switchblade Syndicate one of Cincinnati's brightest young acts.]]> <![CDATA[Pomegranates (Profile) - Popular pop rockers change guitarists and push sonic evolution on 'One of Us']]> When Pomegranates drummer Jacob Merritt describes the band's mindset during the writing of 'One of Us' (the Cincinnati band's third and perhaps best album) as "patient," it seems like an odd state for the popular quartet. Patience has not been a particular concern for the Pomegranates since they assembled a mere four years ago.]]> <![CDATA[Alone at 3am (Profile) - Long history and fresh motivations fuel Northern Kentucky band's sophomore release]]> Outside of Alone at 3am's core fan base, it's natural to consider the Northern Kentucky quintet as one of the local scene's newest shining lights. The band’s acclaimed 2008 debut album, 'City Out of Luck,' and the about-to-be-released and even better sophomore disc, 'Cut Your Gills,' suggests a band with just over a couple of years of history. "We've been playing for 10 years and for nine years had no idea what the hell we were doing," Max Fender says.]]> <![CDATA[Chakras (Profile) - Power outfit mixes up Metal, Hard Rock, Prog and Pop]]> In Eastern spiritual terms, chakras are points of power within the body. Given their varied governing influences, Chakras is the perfect band name for these local music veterans. Filtering their love of disparate but connected bands like Tool, Bad Religion, Dream Theater, Tori Amos, Corrosion of Conformity, Kings X and Queensryche through their own unique chemistry results in a sound that slams with Hard Rock's bombast, lulls with Folk/Pop and Prog's subtlety and shreds with Metal's intensity. ]]> <![CDATA[Ampline (Profile) - Adding more words and a concept to latest release]]> Ampline’s latest offering and debut for Phratry Records, You Will Be Buried Here, features the band’s signature instrumental elements: Mike Montgomery’s shreddingly supple guitar work, Kevin Schmidt’s thunderous bass runs and Rick McCarty’s hammer-of-the-gods drumming. But there’s something else on Buried that is significantly less common in the Cincinnati-based trio’s previous catalog, namely lyrics.]]> <![CDATA[Mad Anthony (Profile) - Tragedy brings the future into focus for local Post Punk quartet]]> Post Punk provocateurs Mad Anthony are in a celebratory mood with the imminent release of their excellent debut full-length on Phratry Records. But even as Mad Anthony for this Saturday’s release show at the Southgate House, there is a somber undercurrent. With final tracking done and the mixing process beginning this past March, Mad Anthony was devastated by the news that their acclaimed drummer and dear friend Tony Bryant had taken his own life.]]> <![CDATA[The Dust Feel (Profile) - New local group backstrokes out of the Psychedelic garage]]> The Dust Feel frontman Mike Schalk takes another drag off his cigarette, smiles and says, "The last couple of months, I've been swimming in music." Yes, hard to leave the pool once you're in — the land of ever-cool, both darkness and light, both hazy and clear blue. If you love it, like us, why leave, really? Sometimes, sound is the greatest life preserver.]]> <![CDATA[Dan Karlsberg (Profile) - Pianist brings a storyteller's sensibility to his Jazz compositions]]> Dan Karlsberg has nearly a lifetime of experience on the piano. The 31-year-old Jazz pianist has been sitting at the keys since about the time he could reach them. His lifelong pursuit on the black and whites defines the Dan Karlsberg Group's sophomore album, 'Mission to Mars & Other Short Stories,' which displays his mastery of studied spontaneity.]]> <![CDATA[Chaselounge (Profile) - Foursome strives to create songs that stand the test of time]]> Shawny Scott relates Chaselounge's goal in music to the song "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman. He heard the song one night on the radio and realized that this was what Chaselounge was aspiring to: songs that stand up to the test of time. "The goal day in and day out is to keep the band viable and creative," he says.]]> <![CDATA[iolite (Profile) - With a shining lineup and soulful EP, Neo-Soul/Jazz group charts its future]]> Happenstance. Seven years ago, two witty Geminis, Arianne Benick (vocals) and Julia Johanan (keys), met at a party. Soon they created a women's group, hit up yoga and one day randomly busted out "Takin It Slow," now track 5 on the debut EP from Cincinnati band iolite.]]> <![CDATA[The Guild of Calamitous Intent (Profile) - Visually charged, spooky, pensive local Rock band acts it out live]]> Spawned out of a Radiohead tribute show two years ago, The Guild of Calamitous Intent was born. Their vivid emotion pushes the structure. Intense drum parts creep in to bang-bang-shake things up, and then the mood settles into rich guitar riffs. The songs are long, around seven minutes each, but the multiple crescendos maintain a high suspense level.]]>