by Mike Breen
It’s been 19 years since British Art Rock giants Radiohead did their first tour of the U.S. Tonight, Radiohead finally finds time to perform in Cincinnati, bringing its tour behind last year’s Grammy-nominated album The King of Limbs to Riverbend Music Center. If there’s any band worth waiting that long for, it’s Radiohead. The world’s biggest avant garde group is also one of the best live acts on the planet, playing with a fervent intensity backed by a dazzling light/stage show.The group’s two-hour-plus sets of late have been heavy on Radiohead’s “post Pop” albums, though they often treat fans to “oldies” like “Karma Police” and “Paranoid Android.” If you are even the remotest fan, you need to see Radiohead once in your lifetime. You don’t want to wait another 19 years, do you? Only lawn seats remain ($30) at the box office for tonight's show. Radiohead Live at the 2009 Grammy Awards from cinserrajr on Vimeo. Electronic/Indie act Caribou — a MidPoint Music Festival alum — opens up the show at 7:30 p.m. Read more about Caribou here and check out a clip for the tune "Irene" below.• Rising Hip Hop MC Yelawolf performs tonight at the Madison Theater in Covington. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20. Showtime is 8 p.m. Special guest Rittz opens.When Michael Wayne Atha was born in 1979 in the
relatively small Alabama town of Gadsden, it’s doubtful that his mother
looked at her new son and said, “Future Rap superstar.” But that’s just
where Atha — now known by his stage name Yelawolf — is heading. Yela
moved between Tennessee and Alabama as a child and later traveled the
country in pursuit of skateboarding stardom; he also hit Alaska in
pursuit of a fishing-boat job. The MC grew up on Southern Rock before
discovering Hip Hop. The geographic wandering and his love of a variety
of music likely explain the diversity within his own. On his official
2011 debut album, Radioactive,
Yelawolf’s own geographical origins are hard to pinpoint as he filters
influence from southern Hip Hop to the Detroit scene and spits it out in
his own unique voice.
Even the guests on Radioactive were from all over, from Lil Jon and
Mystikal to Eminem (whose Shady label released the record) and Kid Rock.
During his recent performance at the huge Hangout Music Fest (see an interview from Spin with Yela at the fest below) along the
’Bama coast in mid-May, he showed off the full range of his influences,
paying tribute to The Doors, Johnny Cash, Easy-E, Metallica, Lynyrd
Skynyrd and The Beastie Boys. Yelawolf is set to begin recording his sophomore record for Shady — tentatively titled Love Story — after his current tour wraps up. Click here for more live music events in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
by Jac Kern
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Did you know today is World Environment Day? In 1972, the
United Nations designated June 5 as a day to spread global awareness of
ecological issues and encourage political response. This year’s theme is Green
Economy: Does It Include You? If you partake in some especially green
activities this week, such as organizing a recycling drive, planting trees or
working to stop plastic bag use, you can register your efforts here for a chance to win a fuel-efficient Kia!
As if you didn’t know already, thousands will flock to
Riverbend tonight for Radiohead’s first Cincinnati concert. Caribou, who headlined
2010’s MidPoint Music Festival opens the show. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; the
concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Oddly, tickets are still available. Hey, Thom Yorke ain't no Jimmy Buffett.
For the handful of readers who aren’t attending, La Poste
kicks off its Summer Wine Series tonight. The four-event package features three
educational wine classes (tonight, July 7 and Aug. 10) and a final five-course
grand tasting Sept. 11. Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tonight is Wine Tasting
101: Learn from sommeliers about how to taste, discover and interpret different
wines. Professionals will describe sight, nose, palate and structural
variations and you sip your way through each varietal and enjoy hors d’oeuvre.
La Poste promises a comfortable setting for newbies to ask questions. Buy
series tickets here
or just admission for tonight’s course here.The Fringe Festival continues tonight. Check out a fully lineup with reviews here.Tonight is MOTR Pub's weekly Writer's Night. Fists of Love's Donna J hosts the open mic where all poets, musicians, singers and spoken-word artists are welcome to share original work. One artist will walk away with 40 bucks! Sign ups begin at 8:30 p.m.
June 5 • Riverbend Music Center
0 Comments · Thursday, May 24, 2012
Electronic music generally feels more machine-like than the product of
conventional guitars-and-drums setups, but that doesn't mean every
electronic artist is inclined to create work that's cold or inhuman. Dan
Snaith exemplifies this idea in Caribou.
MidPoint Music Festival was a rollercoaster of emotions and sounds
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
We had joy, we had fun. We had some frustration and anger, too. Such has been the way of the MidPoint Music Festival since its origins in 2002. But, in the end, MPMF’s 2010 edition proved to be the most successful yet, drawing thousands of music lovers to downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Newport over the course of three days.
Dan Snaith takes his one-man band out of the '60s and into the Dance club
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
On his first two full-length releases and a handful of CD singles and live recordings, Dan Snaith had established himself as a rather well-informed and astute purveyor of Psychedelic Pop as he transformed it into his own unique brand of one-man-laptop bravado. But when it came time to begin work on new material to follow up 2008's 'Andorra,' the only certainty was that Snaith didn't want to re-create that same sound.
Performer and venue details now available for September festival
0 Comments · Monday, August 9, 2010
The names of many of the performers for this year's MidPoint Music Festival (coming up Sept. 23-25) have been leaking out gradually over the past few months, but the first official schedule is now available at mpmf.com. The interactive grid allows you to choose Thursday, Friday or Saturday's lineups and scroll across the 26 venues, then click on any performer name to get details.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
With 'Thank You Mr. Churchill,' his 14th studio album, Peter Frampton returns to the peak with a vengeance as the guitarist storms from strength to strength, elevating his songwriting and his playing with equal passion and precision. I'm also looking at new album releases by Courtney Love and Hole, Jesse Malin, Gogol Bordello, Pack A.D. and Caribou, plus a new DVD tribute to Frank Zappa.