Bunbury Rocks, Def Lep Rewinds and Macca/Boss Cut Short

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The first ever Bunbury Music Festival draws tens of thousands to Cincinnati's riverfront for three days of great times and even better music. Plus, Joe Elliott says Def Leppard will be joining iTunes soon finally — after the band re-records all of its old songs so they can receive all the profits — and one of the jerks responsible for pulling the plug on Bruce Springsteen/Paul McCartney defends the decision and jerkishly says it "added legend to the myth."  
by Mike Breen 03.01.2012
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Music Tonight: Catie Curtis and UV Hippo

Folk/Rock/Pop singer/songwriter Catie Curtis performs tonight at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Clifton Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Working out of Boston, the Maine native was discovered while performing a New York's Bottom Line club and scored a deal with EMI/Guardian Records, which re-released her album Truth from Lies in the mid-’90s (after a few self-released efforts). With exposure through TV show placements and, most importantly, a dedication to touring that has put her in front of the audiences of fans like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dar Williams and Patty Griffin, Curtis' own dedicated fan base has continued to grow. (She may have friends in high places, too, after getting invited to play at The White House in 2010 and 2011.) The most recent effort by Curtis was last year's Stretch Limousine on Fire, put out by Compass Records and featuring guests vocals from Lisa Loeb and her pal Carpenter (who has appeared on other albums with Curtis). Stretch Limousine was (mostly) warmly received by both critics and fans. Curtis writes on her website that she just got back from a family trip to Guatemala. She is married to partner Liz Marshall, with whom she is raising two daughters. Curtis has been a fighter for marriage equality, even becoming ordained so that she could officiate weddings. (She'll even sing a couple of songs! If you're interested in Curtis' services, send a note to Celebrations@CatieCurtis.com.) Tickets are $15 for Curtis' show tonight in Clifton. Here's Curtis and her wife's video made for the "It Gets Better" grassroots online campaign, followed by Curtis doing a Death Cab for Cutie cover.• Regional Jam Band road dogs Ultraviolet Hippopotamus perform tonight at The Mad Frog in Corryville with guests Arpetrio. Here's what CityBeat's Brian Baker had to say about the independent band's latest release: "Square Pegs Round Holes weaves together a diverse assortment of sonic elements, showing influence from Southern Jam masters like Widespread Panic and Northern provocateurs like Phish, with flecks of Starcastle and early Kansas Prog Pop, Bruce Hornsby’s Dead-tinged Jazz/Pop, sweeping Fusion in the Jan Hammer/Jeff Beck mold and Electronica that nods in the direction of Sound Tribe Sector 9. UVHippo’s brilliance is in using sounds and styles as reference points without resorting to mere influence peddling and name-dropping." Read more here and check out an interview with and live performance from the band below. 
by Amy Harris 09.29.2011
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Q&A with Death Cab for Cutie

p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } One of the strangest word combinations to ever create a band name, Death Cab for Cutie controls the alternative music scene across America. They have been a nationally touring band since 1997 with their first release. Now in their 14th year, Codes and Keys has been one of the band's most successful offerings to date. The first single, “You Are A Tourist,” received a lot of airplay on Rock radio across the country reaching number one on the Alternative charts in the U.S. The band recently released the video for its latest single, "Stay Young, Go Dancing" (view it at the bottom of this post below). CityBeat recently spoke with bassist Nick Harmer to discuss the new album and it’s critically acclaimed reception (as well as a very scary moment on their festival run this past summer). Death Cab starts their latest tour on Friday night in Cincinnati at the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center.

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Lyle Lovett, Jay Farrar, Benjamin Gibbard, Electric Six and Mike Doughty

0 Comments · Friday, October 23, 2009
If you have a passion for all things, everything is exciting in some small way. Like my grandmother always said, there are no boring things, just boring people. And none of those boring people had anything to do with new album releases from Lyle Lovett, Son Volt's Jay Farrar, Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard, Electric Six and Mike Doughty.  

Chris Walla: Field Manual

[Barsuk Records]

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Death Cab for Cutie guitarist/producer Chris Walla is facling a lot of pressures -- huge primary band at its peak and partner Ben Gibbard has already found huge success with The Postal Service -- but his first solo album, 'Field Manual,' doesn't sound self-conscious or unsure. It's a casual affair, full of Indie Pop songs of varying stripes.