July 10 • Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 9, 2013
An artistic meeting of the minds between David Byrne and Annie Clark is more of a natural one than some might expect.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
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Release features large-format prints, documentary, celebs
publicist for photographer Matthew Rolston's book, Talking Heads, The Vent Haven
Portraits (featured in this 2012 CityBeat article), recently sent
photos from Rolston's book-publication party in L.A. Here's an excerpt from the
Friday, May 10th, actress and author Diane Keaton, renowned art collector Kay
Saatchi and Joel Chen, owner of Los Angeles' top resource for antiques and
vintage furniture JF Chen, celebrated influential American celebrity
photographer and director Matthew Rolston’s new book at JF Chen.
Featuring 100 ‘headshots’ of a rare collection of ventriloquist dummies
unearthed from the intimate and obscure Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell,
Kentucky (the world’s only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism), the
book is a departure from the celebrity portraiture for which Rolston is known
and marks his first foray into the world of fine art."
documentary about Rolston's project also was shown. Other guests included actor John
C. Reilly and songwriter Diane Warren. Vent Haven, incidentally, is planning an
exhibit of the photos, though not the large-format prints shown at Chen's
Actor John C. Reilly. Photo: Provided.The
book and its subject matter have proven a real draw, earning articles and photo
spreads in many publications and making "obscure" Vent Haven one of
Cincinnati's most fascinating museums.For hours and more information on Vent Haven Museum, go here.
Cincy's Pomegranates gain a new member and new confidence with release of 'Heaven'
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Recorded over 10 days last summer, Cincinnati Indie Pop quartet Pomegranates' new album Heaven
doesn’t stray impossibly far from the stylistic Art Pop structure that
has served Pomegranates well since their energetic debut —
a jittery love of Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Sparklehorse and ’50’s/’60s
Pop and R&B.
by Mike Breen
Stop Making Sense premieres and Love and Rockets' David J stays busy
On this day in 1984, arguably the greatest concert film ever made, Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense, premiered. The film was directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, a trio of Neil Young documentaries) and shot during three concerts at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December of 2003. Along with being a compelling piece of art in itself, the movie was also groundbreaking in that it was the first made with all digital audio. The film was also noteworthy due to Demme and the band's avoidance of concert movie cliches. The audience was barely shown; no color lighting was used onstage; there were no fast edits, behind the scenes footage, interviews or close ups of intense guitar soloing; and crew members are shown shuffling set props and equipment on and off the stage (instead of the usual "It's all magic!" approach). Here's a song from the flick, "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," from the Speaking in Tongues album (which was the record the band was touring when the film was shot). Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing an April 24 birthday include: Jazz tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson (1937); singer/actress Barbra Streisand (1942); legendary producer (Bowie, T. Rex, Sparks, Thin Lizzy) Tony Visconti (1944); drummer for classic rockers CCR, Doug Clifford (1945); bassist for New Wave/Pop group Blondie, Nigel Harrison (1951); Punk trailblazer with The Damned, Raymond Burns, better known to the world as Captain Sensible (1954); singer/bassist for ’80s rockers Knight Ranger, Jack Blades (1954); drummer for The Cure (1984-1993), Boris Williams (1957); singer for underrated "really AltCountry" band Tarnation, Paula Frazer (1963); bassist for eclectic rockers Faith No More, Billy Gould (1963); Pop superstar (and American Idol's primary "success story" testimonial) Kelly Clarkson (1982); singer for Pop/Rock band All American Rejects, Tyson Ritter (1984) and Alt music pioneer with Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets, David J (1957). Born David John Haskins (his younger brother, Kevin Haskins, was also drummer in Bauhaus, Tones and L&R), J — like Peter Hook of New Order/Joy Division — had a very distinctive sound, which is rare for a bassist. Never one to rest on his laurels, J seems to be in a consistent state of creativity, releasing records and recording with numerous collaborators outside of the Bauhaus/L&R realm. Late last year, J released his latest solo album (the first for him in eight years), Not Long for This World, and staged the premiere of his avant-garde play, The Chanteuse and the Devil's Muse, based on The Black Dahlia murders. J — who also wrote and sang several Love and Rockets songs (including the hit "No New Tale to Tell") — has benefited greatly from Kickstarter, the website that helps artists find funding for projects via fan contributions. Both the play and his latest solo album were funded with Kickstarter. (As if that wasn't plenty on his plate, around the same time, J also staged the one-woman show he wrote and directed, Silver for Gold: The Odyssey of Edie Sedgwick. Check out J's site for a look at/listen to more of his recent projects.)Here's J's Kickstarter video for Not Long, as well as the track, "Spalding Gray Can’t Swim."
Pioneering rhythm section goes back out on road in anticipation of 30th anniversary
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It's not been easy to see Tom Tom Club play live. The pioneering, avant-percussive Dance Rock band, formed in 1981 by Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz (her husband), has taken a back seat in recent years to family life. The group is doing just 10 dates on the East and West coasts this tour, including a headlining gig Saturday night at the MidPoint Music Festival.