Cincinnati Rock quartet The Ready Stance will be giving local audiences a special chance to pick up its debut full-length, Damndest,
this Friday at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. The group hosts the
locals-only release party two months before the album is made available
(digitally and on CD and vinyl) nationally.
Strangely, but perhaps predictably, James
Mercer’s recent career moves seem indicative of diva behavior — signing
with Columbia, dismissing his longtime bandmates and making The Shins
something of a solo venture while exploring outside projects like Broken
It’s been three years since my
introduction to The Pinstripes, interviewing the band in the cramped
rehearsal space they dubbed “The Good Stuff.” We discussed their love of
Ska, Reggae, Dub, Soul and all points between and beyond, as well as
their recordings to that point (Higher Ground and The Decay) while downing a few lightly chilled Pabst Blue Ribbons.
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart recently told Rolling Stone
the band has long resisted offers to license its image to sell
products, saying “You didn’t want to turn the Dead into a
knickknack-trinket business.” But, he added, “Times and attitudes have
In an interview last year, frontman Andrew
McMahon of Pop Rock band Jack’s Mannequin said the band’s mission was
simply to get “people fired up for some new music.” That new music
arrived in early October with People and Things, the third album from the group led by the piano-playing vocalist McMahon.
The fact that Cincinnati, despite its size, feels like a place where everybody knows your name is a really charming quality, but it makes it difficult to interview people.I recently sat down with Stuart MacKenzie from The Lions Rampant in a semi-professional setting (The Comet) to talk about the band's new album.