by Mike Breen
27 days ago
• Tonight at Covington’s Madison Theater you can catch two of the the best and most influential Roots Rock bands of the past 20 years. Drive-By Truckers and Old 97’s might not have had the expansive, obvious influence of, say, Wilco or My Morning Jacket (who also joined forces to tour this year, joined by some guy named Bob Dylan on the summertime Americanarama tour), but it would be foolish to overlook the impact these two bands have had on aspiring artists.
While both groups recently announced the completion of new albums, their current tour together finds each act promoting some refurbished older material. The Old 97’s released the Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings EP in October. The release includes a pair of tracks recorded in 1996 with the Country legend (they were some of Jennings’ final recordings before he died), plus a few unreleased demos. Drive-By Truckers also did some vault-digging, reissuing a remastered version of the band’s third album, the long out-of-print 2000 live effort, Alabama Ass Whuppin’. (Read CityBeat’s Truckers preview here.)Tonight’s show at the Madison starts at 8 p.m. and is open to all ages. Tickets are $27 at the door.
Here’s one of the Old 97’s’ collaborations with Jennings, “The Other Shoe”:
• A pair of Detroit-area MidPoint Music Festival veterans — Jeecy and the Jungle (which played the Cincy fest this year) and Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas (who played in 2012) — return to the city tonight for a great double-bill at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there is no admission fee.
Both bands have varying elements of R&B, Funk and Soul, which they spin with their own distinct magic. Jeecy and the Jungle go for a gritty, spiky take on R&B reflecting the Garage and Soul spirits of Detroit’s rich musical history, while the Deltas make uniquely broad, evocative Alt/Indie Pop/Rock driven by Hernandez’s phenomenal vocals, which show a fantastic Soul influence.
Hernandez & the Deltas have a new EP called Demons that is officially released next week, though you’ll be able to pick up the CD version at MOTR tonight. Paste magazine recently debuted the material; check out a track below:
• Seems like the Cincinnati area has become a favorite stop for touring artists from the exploding “live Electronica” scene. Arpetrio is a Knoxville, Tenn.-based, improv-happy guitar/bass/drums trio (with each member adding Electro ornamentation) that has been lauded for its trippy, Jazz-like take of live EDM, which touches on Trip Hop, Trap, Trance, Dubstep and other modern Electronic music elements. The group’s This Side Up EP is available as a free download here; get a sample below:
<a href="http://arpetrio.bandcamp.com/album/this-side-up">This Side Up by Arpetrio</a>
Arpetrio performs tonight at Corryville’s The Mad Frog. Showtime is 9 p.m. Also on the bill is Ethosine, a Cincinnati quartet featuring members of Skeetones, Bubble Life and The Jive Turkeys. The group also has a free EP you can download — click here or on the player below.
<a href="http://ethosine.bandcamp.com/album/ethosine">ethosine by ethosine</a>
• Nashville Indie Pop Rock crew The Features, which has built up a nice following in Cincy (and appeared at this past summer’s Bunbury Music Festival), returns to the area tonight for an 8:30 p.m. show at the Taft Theatre’s Ballroom. Locals Justin WW and the Even Tiles open the show. Tickets are $15.
The Features’ danceable, highly melodic sound is on glorious display on their most recent album, a self-titled affair released through Kings of Leon’s Serpents and Snakes Records this past spring. Here’s the music video for the album’s “This Disorder,” a clever song about the effect of modern technologies (i.e. smartphones) on our society:
• Classic Country Rock band Poco was formed in 1968 by Richie Furay after his band with Stephen Stills and Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, called it a day. Despite a lineup that has revolved pretty much since the band began, Poco experienced great success in the ’70s and beyond; its debut, 1969’s Pickin’ Up the Pieces, is considered one of the greatest Country Rock releases of all time. This summer, Poco — now led by co-founder Rusty Young — released All Fired Up, its first album in over a decade.
The current edition of Poco performs tonight in Northern Kentucky at the Newport Syndicate. The pre-show dinner buffet (included in the ticket price) begins at 6 p.m., with openers Kinsey Rose and Laurel Kincaid beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $35-$70. Click here for details.
Here’s the title track from Poco’s most recent LP:
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June 9 • Southgate House Revival
1 Comment · Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Patterson Hood, one of the most prolific and literate
rockers of the last decade, rolls into Newport next week with his
eclectic solo band, The Downtown Rumblers.
by Mike Breen
Misfits, Drive-By Truckers, Q102's Bosom Ball and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, plus This Day in Music
Music Tonight: Pioneering German music experimentalist Hans-Joachim Roedelius performs a rare Cincinnati show tonight at The Mockbee (2260 Central Pkwy., just past the Western Hills Viaduct if you're heading towards downtown). Roedelius is legendary in avant garde circles and his adventurous work in Krautrock (with Cluster and Harmonia), Ambient and Electronica has had a hand in shaping the sound of a lot of contemporary music. Suffice to say, certain types of music (from Techno to Dubstep to Indie Rock) would likely sound different if Roedelius were never born. Consequence of Sound recently posted this interview with Roedelius, in which the 76-year-old trailblazer (he turns 77 Wednesday, but says, "Only my body feels the age, not my mind") talks about his upcoming appearance at Moogfest, his more recent work with acoustic music and poetry and collaborating with Brian Eno. Below is a sampling of Roedelius work over the past 40 years. Admission tonight is $10 and showtime is 8 p.m. Xambuca and Nebulagirl open.
Oct. 20 • 20th Century Theatre
0 Comments · Monday, October 17, 2011
Unlike a lot of their influences, Drive-By Truckers have
remained open to experimentation, which has resulted in a diverse and
consistently excellent body of work, particularly last year’s expansive
Rock album, The Big To-Do, and this year’s sultry Soul burner, Go-Go Boots.
0 Comments · Monday, April 4, 2011
During his tenure with Cincinnati’s beloved Afghan Whigs, Greg Dulli was so intent on burning his brand into the universe’s ass that he nearly imploded from the Herculean effort. Even in the band’s quietest moments, Dulli quivered with an intensity that was as terrifying as it was breathtaking, and with all of the standard excesses that accompany the demons that fuel that level of performance, more than a few observers predicted an early check out time for the hypnotic frontman.
June 18 • Fountain Square
0 Comments · Friday, June 11, 2010
During his six-year run with Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell contributed a great deal to the band's song coffers. And yet he also diverted a number of songs to a solo project he called Sirens of the Ditch, which he released after leaving the Truckers. Isbell subsequently started his own band, the 400 Unit, and dug even deeper into his personal influences for the new songs.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 23, 2010
When Drive-By Truckers hit the studio early last year, the Alabama-via-Athens sextet was fresh from a couple of experiences that would have a profound effect on their next album, 'The Big To-Do.' The Truckers had been on a long road trip supporting their last album, 2008's stripped back and Country-flavored 'Brighter Than Creation's Dark,' and had just recently wrapped up the whirlwind sessions that produced Booker T's Grammy-nominated 'Potato Hole album.'
Shake It releases tribute series to Southern Soul marvel Eddie Hinton
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The busy job of being co-owner of Shake It Records shop and label hasn't stopped Darren Blase from launching a series of limited-edition 45-rpm vinyl singles by the likes of Greg Dulli, Drive-By Truckers, Heartless Bastards and Wussy in tribute to the late Eddie Hinton.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The passage of time has been on my mind lately; two good friends have passed through the portal this year and the celebrity body count has been unusually high (and high profile) in recent weeks, proof that no matter how well connected or wealthy or insulated from real life you happen to be, the words of Jim Morrison in 1969 ring true for each and every one of us: "The future"s uncertain and the end is always near." I'm passing time this week with new CDs from The Dead Weather (Jack White's newest side project), Drive-By Truckers, David Thomas Owen IV, Robin Trower and Bleu.