0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Cincinnati’s Jazz scene took a hit last
year when one of its longstanding and more popular venues, the Blue Wisp
Jazz Club, closed. But if you think the Wisp’s closure marked the death
of Jazz in Cincinnati, you are underestimating not only the endurance
of the city’s great Jazz musicians, but also Jazz itself.
Singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei details the pompatus of loss on Celebrity Issue
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
After 21 albums and
countless gigs, Mattei remains fresh and engaged in the process.
Plus, The Tempers release ballad collection, Buffalo Killers score a new record deal and School of Rock Mason preps pre-holiday shows
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Theatrical Cincinnati rockers Injecting Strangers promote their new EP release this weekend. Plus, Maurice Mattei and The Tempers celebrate the release of a new collection of ballads, Buffalo Killers sign with Sun Pedal Recordings and School of Rock Mason pays tribute to Neil Young, Van Halen and others with weekend shows.
by Mike Breen
Art Academy's 'Reverberation' exhibit spotlights 25 years of musical performances in Greater Cincinnati
Beginning Sept. 3 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Childlaw Gallery (1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine), the people behind the massive photography exhibition FotoFocus will set their lenses on the many great concert photographers in the region. Reverberation: Capturing the Live Music Experience will coincide with the MidPoint Music Festival, located just off the 12th Street MidPoint Midway (the strip featuring vendors, food, live music the box truck carnival and much more). Hours will be extended during MPMF, with the exhibit staying open until 9 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 10 p.m. on Sept. 27-28. (Normal hours, starting Sept. 3, are 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays). The exhibit closes Sept. 29. The work of 29 artists will be featured in the exhibit, including shots from legends like Melvin Grier (an award-winning photojournalist who shot many years for The Cincinnati Post) and Michael Wilson (whose portraits have been featured on the covers of albums by The Replacements, Over the Rhine, Lyle Lovett, Ron Sexmith and many others), as well as Maurice Mattei, Sean Hughes, Keith Klenowski and Kara Smarsh. (Click on the names to check out some of the artists' work.)
Plus, The Tempers and Shiny and the Spoon celebrate new releases, Northside Music Fest returns and Kelly Thomas takes on classic with Switchblade Syndicate
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A new monthly, themed and curated Hip Hop night at Northside's The Comet, presented by local artist Abiyah, kicks off this week. Plus, The Tempers and Shiny and the Spoon celebrate new releases, the free Northside Music Fest returns this weekend and Kelly Thomas takes on an Everly Brothers classic with Switchblade Syndicate.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Maurice Mattei has some impressive Renaissance Man credentials. He’s a gifted contemporary designer, a talented photographer and a smart singer/songwriter who sets his scuffed musical short stories to compelling Americana soundtracks.
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Wednesday night at Covington's Mad Hatter, local Rock foursome Rosemary Device celebrates the release of its self-titled debut. Radio-friendly songwriting makes the band so effective and destined for wider exposure. Though peripherally similar to some of the Pop/Emo music that gets a lot of attention these days, RD's songs come off less forced and calculated and, therefore, a bit more timeless.
0 Comments · Friday, October 30, 2009
This posting is considerably later than I would have liked, and if blame is to be assigned then let it be on my hippie kidneys. I'm still waiting for a kidney stone to pass, which means cycles of writing quickly while I can sit upright and writhing on the floor and speaking in tongues. You read, I'll writhe.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
BRINK is back! Perhaps the only show you can attend Saturday and not be encouraged to wear a costume, the annual BRINK New Music Showcase returns to the Southgate House Halloween night with three floors' worth of local band freshness. An attempt to spotlight the next crop of local music wavemakers, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards-sponsored event has hosted scores of eventual big shots in past years.
0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2009
This week's posting has been winnowed by a killer combination of my MidPoint Music Festival judging duties and a long holiday weekend, so try to contain your disappointment at the shortage of reviews. This week I tackle new releases from Michelle Shocked, Viva Voce, Maurice Mattei & the Tempers, Chris Gaffney, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women and Hatcham Social.