A Temporary Makeover

Newgrass favorites Yonder Mountain String Band hit the road with some gifted substitutes

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 21, 2014
With Newgrass heroes Yonder Mountain String Band’s mandolinist Jeff Austin sitting out the band’s current tour due to his brand-new baby, two members of ace Bluegrass crew Del McCoury Band will be filling in for the proud papa.  
by Mike Breen 01.31.2013
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Music Tonight: Yonder Mountain String Band and More

Contemporary "Newgrass" kings Yonder Mountain String Band return to the area tonight for an all-ages, 8:30 p.m. show at Covington's Madison Theater. Tickets are $25. Opening the show is the very cool Lake Street Dive, a "jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated and classically pop obsessed" quartet that formed at Boston’s New England Conservatory. Check out this clip of the group performing the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back."In an interview with CityBeat's Brian Baker, YMSB's guitarist/vocalist Adam Aijala said fans might hear a new song or two at tonight's show. As for when you might hear a new album with new material, Aijala said the members have been having trouble finding time to get in the studio between familial obligations and touring. Read the full interview here and check out the group's 2010 appearance on CBS's Late Late Show. (There will be a pre- and post-show party at Stanley's Pub, which is also offering a bus ride to and from the Madison show. The CEA-winning Rumpke Mountain Boys will perform.)• Eclectic NYC Indie Rock troupe Mice Parade marches into MOTR Pub tonight for a free, 10 p.m. appearance, the second date on its current tour. Formed as a solo project by Adam Pierce at the end of the ’90s, Mice Parade has featured various band members since and nearly every successive release has shown growth and a different side of Pierce's writing. Candela, Mice Parade's latest addition to its already stacked discography (released this past Tuesday), is one of Pierce's most compelling releases to date, showcasing a fascinating, psychedelic brand of "Shoegaze" Pop that is as unpredictable as it is riveting. Check out CityBeat's preview of the show here. Below is the first single/video from Candela, "This River Has A Tide." Mice Parade -- "This River Has A Tide" from paul yates on Vimeo.Find more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight here.

String Theory

After nearly 15 years, Yonder Mountain String Band finds new ways to do old things (and vice versa)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Most bands would be kicking at the studio door after a long stretch between albums, but Yonder Mountain String Band has never subscribed to any set of rules beyond their own.   
by Mike Breen 03.02.2012
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Music Tonight: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and More

Packed Friday slate includes Bob Marley tribute, Mr. Gnome, Yonder Mountain String Band

It's another Friday full of quality options for those wishing to experience music in a live setting tonight. If Jazz is your thang, the Blue Wisp is your Friday night spot, as Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey performs at the downtown club's new space at the corner of Race and Seventh streets. JFJO — which has a wide-ranging fan base of Jam band fanatics and Jazz lovers — is doing a smattering of tour dates in support of its intriguing conceptual album, Race Riot Suite, written and arranged by the group's lap steel guitarist Chris Combs. The project is described as "a long-form conceptual piece that tells the devastating story of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, a real estate-driven ethnocide occurring under the guise of citizen-dispensed justice. The oil-elite, civic government and local press colluded to take advantage of a racially tense climate in Jim Crow-era Oklahoma, resulting in the death of hundreds of black Tulsans and the destruction of an entire city district." It's hard not to make a connection to other "race riots" throughout America, including those here in Cincinnati (and it's fitting that the group will be performing selections from the project on Race St.). The album has been JFJO's most acclaimed piece of work yet, drawing praise everywhere from the L.A. Times to NPR to Huffington Post. JFJO has started releasing solo piano and remixed versions of material taken from the Race Riot album weekly. Click here for more info and/or check out the video preview below. Tonight's Blue Wisp show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15 (while they last). • Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome has been visiting the Cincinnati area for the past several years, so local music fans have been able to watch the development and sharpening of the twosome's compelling sound. Mr. Gnome began as a harder-edged experimental powerhouse and has grown into a truly unique, broadly dynamic Indie/ArtRock duo, one of the more interesting "new" bands on the AltRock scene today. Rolling Stone noticed, making the group one of its "Bands to Watch" based on the strength of its diverse LP Madness in Miniature, which came out late last year. The band has also made some stunning music videos the past couple of years. Below, check out the trailer for its forthcoming music vid, "House of Circles," described as a surrealistic "live action interpretation of a sci-fi graphic novel" featuring the characters from Madness' cover art (warning: It's creepy as hell). The group is releasing a digital single, the B-side of which premiered this week on MTV Hive (listen here). The band performs a free show tonight in Northside at Mayday with local openers Fake Hands. (Shows usually start around 10 p.m.)• If Bluegrass is more your speed, the Madison Theater has two of the best of the new wave of ’Grass heroes — Yonder Mountain String Band and The Infamous Stringdusters — tonight at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the all ages show are $22.50. What would the world be like if plastic Pop groups were replaced with members who are actually innovative and able to play instruments, like the members of YMSB? Our Deirdre Kaye has a theory (click here). Wanna warm up before the show? Perhaps cool down afterwards? Stanley's Pub has you covered, hosting Cincy's young Bluegrass rascals the Rumpke Mountain Boys for fans who want to hang out pre-game and post-game. Here's a YMSB montage set to a live track recorded just weeks ago in Arkansas: Click the jump for more, including details about the sold-out Black Keys show and your Reggae headquarters this weekend.

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The Keller Inside

Keller Williams defies categorization by embracing a dozen genres

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 6, 2009
For our interview, Keller Williams takes a break from recording his radio show, 'Keller's Cellar,' at his Fredericksburg, Va., home base. The web-only show is much like Williams' work as a musician: Eclectic doesn't even begin to describe it.