Plus, rising local Hip Hop MC Buggs Tha Rocka enlists Talib Kweli for his next album
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The new compilation of Greater Cincinnati music, Passion and Compassion, featuring Walk the Moon, Noah Hunt and several other solid local acts, is set to raise money for the Play It Forward organization. Plus, Buggs Tha Rocka gets Talib Kweli to exec-produce his next album and play Cincinnati on Halloween.
by RIC HICKEY
It was the keen eye of photographer and close friend Chuck Madden who first caught the clues on Walk The Moon's Facebook page that seemed to indicate the band would be doing something special for their fans at Bonnaroo this weekend. On little more than a hunch Chuck insisted that we check out "Kaleidoscope Space Tribe" at 3 p.m. on the Sonic Stage. Sure enough, at five past the hour WTM bounded out on stage and proceeded to artfully bash through a 30 minute set of Talking Heads songs including "Girlfriend Is Better," "Burning Down The House," "Psycho Killer" and more. Considering the huge crowd they played to just two nights ago in the Other Tent, this performance was an ultra rare treat for the clever and faithful two or three hundred fans who figured it out.Dwight Yoakam seemed mildly irritated at Saturday's 4 p.m. press conference. Perhaps sensing that the Bonnaroo press corps might be too young to know his story, Yoakam quickly sketched a casual crash course on his career dating back to the ’80s. Rather unexpectedly, Dwight struck up a rapport with fellow panelist, comedian Reggie Watts, as the two of them discussed their mutual love of Hee Haw.Dwight's 7 p.m. performance in That Tent began with an eight-song medley during which the band never paused for a breath, rocking through one continuous segue that included the songs "Please Please Baby," "Little Sister," "Streets Of Bakersfield" and Buck Owens' classic, "Act Naturally."Other highlights from Saturday were Beach House, Bjork, Nas, Gov't Mule, Billy Idol, Weird Al Yankovic and the two-man riot JEFF the Brotherhood. Jack Johnson and his band did a great job filling in for Mumford and Sons, even performing one of their songs.This year's late night super jam featured John Oates, Jim James, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and legendary Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham, who led the star-studded ensemble through an extended jam on the Sly classic, "Thankyoufalettinmebemiceelf."(Walk the Moon, Dwight Yoakam, JEFF the Brotherhood and Jim James Superjamming photos by Chuck Madden)
by RIC HICKEY
As Thursday began, we heard the tragic news of two people from the Tristate who were killed in an automobile accident on their way to the festival. (Five others were injured in the same crash.) All told, Bonnaroo attendees and staff number close to 90,000 souls during peak hours. For this long weekend in June Manchester becomes the seventh largest city in Tennessee, with births and deaths on-site like one would expect in a small city over the course of any 96-hour span. On a brighter note, this year's festival kicked off with a young couple tying the knot under the multi colored arch at Bonnaroo entrance.In the late afternoon I wandered through Centeroo, perusing the various vendors' booths. Corporate sponsors abound, but non-profits and independent artisans dominate the Bonnaroo bazaar.In the shadow of a Ferris wheel and psychedelic light tower a giant throng gathered in and around the area surrounding the Other Tent to greet Cincinnati's pure Pop pride and joy Walk The Moon. Technical glitches delayed the start of their set but they had the crowd bouncing, clapping, singing along and eating out of their hands from the minute they took the stage. WTM singer Nicholas Petricca shouted, "We're called Walk The Moon! We're from Ohio!" and the crowd roared as the band launched into their single "Tightrope." This writer has never seen a larger crowd assembled for a performance in the Other Tent and Petricca's buoyant charm and boundless energy kept the crowd pumped and jumping throughout the bands' entire performance.Later in That Tent, Father John Misty brought the weird and the beard via his sardonic Folk Rock parables. I half-expected the depth and humor of FJM's material to sail over the heads of most Bonnaroovians but I was pleasantly surprised to hear many people singing along. A huge fan of his new Fear Fun album, I think I would have driven all the way to Tennessee just to hear Misty sing "Only Son Of The Ladiesman". He didn't make me wait long, playing it in the No. 2 slot.(Walk the Moon hotos by Chuck Madden)
by Mike Breen
A week after The Afghan Whigs played a thrilling homecoming show with fellow local greats Wussy at Bogart's, another pair of local bands making waves are set to play their hometown (or across the river from it). Every time Cincinnati AltPop rockers Walk the Moon come home to play a show, it seems like their star has risen higher. The band is back in town tonight for a sold-out show at Covington's Madison Theater (which is also serving as the two-year anniversary party for the hard-hustling local music promo outlet, The Counter Rhythm Group). Since last here, Walk the Moon's breakthrough single "Anna Sun" continues to get airplay across the globe, while the latest single, "Tightrope" (as heard in those much-played HP commercials) is picking up steam, as well. The group has also been on tour pretty much non-stop, performing all over North America and in Europe (after tonight's show, the group is off for a few days before resuming its headlining tour in Nashville). The band's Unplugged set for MTV also made it to the airwaves (not MTV, of course, but its HD sister, Palladia). Check out the "Tightrope" clip below and a behind the scenes look at the making of it here. Great local Indie Pop duo Bad Veins (fresh off their own cross-country tour dates, with even more coming up starting next week) open, along with L.A.'s Family of the Year. Bad Veins are currently prepping a new music video, as well; a clip for "Kindness" off of the duo's amazing The Mess We've Made Album. Here's a really strong video of the duo performing one of the new album's best tracks, "Don't Run," on the "Off the Avenue" series.If you don't have tickets, you're going to have to do some hunting. As of this afternoon, there wasn't a single ticket available on StubHub for the concert. Click here for more live music events in the Cincinnati area tonight.
by Mike Breen
Local band debuts new video this morning for new single from major-label debut
Cincinnati homeboys Walk the Moon have been tearing up the road since the release of their self-titled debut for RCA Records earlier this year, not to mention making the promo rounds all over the television dial (from the late-night chat shows to various appearances on VH1 and an MTV Unplugged set). The band is currently touring Europe with the band fun. ("We Are Young") and this morning they debuted the music video for their latest single, "Tightrope." The video is Walk the Moon's first since the stellar DIY clip for "Anna Sun," which was made even before the RCA deal was in place and continues to draw massive hits online. If you watch even a few minutes of TV a week, chances are you've already heard part of "Tightrope." The track is used in commercials for the HP Envy 4 Ultrabook. When Walk the Moon wraps up its current European jaunt, they'll perform a homecoming show Nov. 1 at the Madison Theater in Covington. The show is also the second anniversary of The Counter Rhythm Group, the locally-based music promo group that has worked with WTM, as well as local bands like Wussy, R. Ring and Alone at 3AM. Tickets for the Nov. 1 show are $16 and apparently moving very fast (i.e. it will sell out). Fellow local-gone-national Indie act Bad Veins opens the show. WTM hits the road for a North American headlining tour soon after the Madison show.Here's Walk the Moon's new clip.And here's the HP commercial featuring a bit of the tune.
Cincinnati’s Young Heirlooms have gratitude in their hearts and some stuff to get off their chests
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
There’s a very thin line between knowing
what you want and being thankful for what you have. A few inches to one
side could see you constantly unhappy with what you earn. An inch on the
other side and you’re bound to never earn anything new. Cincinnati’s on-the-rise Indie Folk duo
Young Heirlooms walk that line. They’re overwhelmingly thankful for the
support from Cincinnati and respect from their fans. Their gratefulness
is conveyed nearly constantly, onstage and off. But, just under the surface, they’re itching for more.
by Mike Breen
Cincinnati band goes acoustic for MTV
As we told you last week, Cincinnati-spawned RCA Records recording artist (and Perez Hilton faves) Walk the Moon's session for the MTV series Unplugged debuted today at MTV.com (because God forbid the network find time in its schedule amongst the embarrassing stream of exploitative reality TV shows to run an actual music program). I'm fairly certain this is a first for a Cincinnati band (someone please correct me rudely and anonymously in the comments section if I'm wrong). The Palladia HD channel (part of MTV's family of networks) often broadcasts Unplugged episodes after they've run online. We'll keep you posted. Here's a clip from the program (of the band doing "Tightrope" from its recently released major-label debut full-length). Click here to enjoy the entire show. Get More: WALK THE MOON, Tightrope (MTV Unplugged), Music, More Music VideosAnd here's an interview with the band tied to the sessions.Get More: WALK THE MOON, MTV Unplugged, MTV Unplugged
by Mike Breen
Lollapalooza YouTube channel to stream live sets all weekend from Chicago
It's not quite the same as being there — unless you have long lines at your refrigerator, like to keep your house a balmy 105 degrees and live shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of drunk people — but watching a music festival from the comfort of your own home isn't the worst thing in the world. (You could, for example, be watching Two and a Half Men.) The Lollapalooza YouTube channel will be streaming various artists' sets from this year's festival in Chicago, including today's 5:15 p.m. (Cincy/EST time) performance by reunited Cincinnati icons The Afghan Whigs. The festival begins this afternoon; streaming starts at 1:30 p.m. I watched a few live sets from last year's Lollapalooza through the YouTube site and the footage and stream were both pretty strong. Here's another Cincy act performing at Lolla last year.Here's the full rundown of streams for the next three days of Lolla (times are CST, so add an hour if you are in the Queen City):FRIDAY • 1:30 PM • Yellow Ostrich • • 1:30 PM • Michael Kiwanuka • • 2:15 PM • The Black Angels • • 2:15 PM • Dr. Dog • • 3:00 PM • The War on Drugs • • 3:30 PM • Blind Pilot • • 4:00 PM • Metric • • 4:15 PM • The Afghan Whigs • • 5:15 PM • The Head & The Heart • • 5:15 PM • Tame Impala • • 6:15 PM • The Shins • • 6:15 PM • Band of Skulls • • 7:00 PM • Sharon Van Etten • • 7:30 PM • Dawes • • 8:00 PM • Die Antwoord • • 8:30 PM • The Black KeysSATURDAY • 1:30 PM • JEFF the Brotherhood • • 1:30 PM • Los Jaivas • • 2:15 PM • Delta Spirit • • 2:15 PM • GIVERS • • 3:00 PM • Neon Indian • • 3:15 PM • Aloe Blacc • • 4:00 PM • The Temper Trap • • 4:15 PM • Alabama Shakes • • 5:15 PM • FUN. • • 5:15 PM • First Aid Kit • • 6:00 PM • The Weeknd • • 6:00 PM • Washed Out • • 6:45 PM • tUnE-yArDs • • 7:00 PM • Bloc Party • • 8:00 PM • Red Hot Chili Peppers • • 8:30 PM • AviciiSUNDAY • 1:30 PM • Oberhofer • • 1:30 PM • Bombay Bicycle Club • • 2:15 PM • Trampled By Turtles • • 2:30 PM • White Rabbits • • 3:00 PM • The Walkmen • • 3:15 PM • Gary Clark Jr. • • 4:15 PM • Franz Ferdinand • • 4:15 PM • J.Cole • • 5:15 PM • The Gaslight Anthem • • 5:15 PM • Toro Y Moi • • 6:00 PM • At The Drive-In • • 6:15 PM • Of Monsters & Men • • 7:15 PM • Florence + the Machine • • 7:15 PM • The Big Pink • • 8:15 PM • Miike Snow • • 8:30 PM • Jack White • • 9:15 PM • Childish GambinoClick here to watch all of the Lollapalooza streams. The Whigs — who will perform at great Chicago club Metro for a sold-out post-Lolla party tomorrow night — have most recently added tour dates in Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The group comes home to Cincinnati's Bogart's on Oct. 25 for a sold-out gig with part-time tourmates Wussy. (Don't have tickets? Click here for a chance to win a a pair.)
by Mike Breen
Cincy RCA recording artists release first clip from MTV Unplugged sessions
Cincinnati's Walk the Moon has been doing the promo rounds hardcore for a while now, performing on network TV shows like the Late Show and Late Night, and touring the planet to ever-increasing crowds. The band tweeted photos about a month ago from its sessions for an episode of MTV Unplugged, the long-running acoustic series on the now-music-deficient network. Today, Walk the Moon announced that the episode will premiere this coming Monday (Aug. 6) on MTV.com. The band also revealed the first clip from the episode — an a cappella version of "Maps" by popular AltRock trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Enjoy.
WALK THE MOON - Maps (MTV Unplugged) - Music - More Music Videos
by Mike Breen
Cincinnati RCA recording artists do a little national TV promo before homecoming gig
One of Cincinnati's most successful bands making waves on a national level, Alt/Dance/Pop quartet Walk the Moon, got a nice extra plug for its sold-out homecoming concert at 20th Century Theater in Oakley a week from today (July 26). As the band prepped to play their money-shot song, the miraculously infectious "Anna Sun," on Conan last night on TBS, during the group's intro, host Conan O'Brien mentioned its hometown gig, Walk the Moon's first Cincy show since the release of its debut album on June 19 (which they celebrated by playing the same song on The Late Show with David Letterman; compare and contrast here). The band played with incredible enthusiasm once again, impressive given how much work the members have put in over the last year-plus. Walk the Moon's members received hearty handshakes from O'Brien after the song, then chatted joyfully with Conan, Andy Richter and Breaking Bad's freshly Emmy-nominated Bryan Cranston as the house band played the show off. Watch the full episode here ("Ronny Sunshine, The Incredibly Helpful Bath Salts Addict" was hilarious). Below is WtM's performance.