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Entire Obama Presidency Discredited

Plus, Frank Ocean pays back Chipolte and the reunited Black Flag is still a disaster

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The President gets no respect from most conservatives (and he can't spell it either), Frank Ocean pays back the check Chipolte gave him for a commercial he didn't want to do and if they ever make a low-budget nightmare version of This is Spinal Tap, Black Flag has to star.   
by Mike Breen 02.11.2013

Ohio Against the World at The Grammys

Akron's Dan Auerbach cleans up at ceremony, including winning for an album featuring one of Cincy's best

Despite Frank Ocean's deft leg-syncing and Taylor Swift's torture-porn-disguised-as-wholesome-circus, Akron, Ohio's Dan Auerbach and The Black Keys were The Grammys' big story last night, winning five trophies, the most of any artist. While the Keys won the Grammys for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, Auerbach scored two solo Grammys for his production work, winning the trophy for Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) and also winning one for producing Dr. John's Locked Down, the Blues Album winner. While Grammys for album winners are usually given to the producers, engineers, mastering engineers and artists, hopefully Cincinnati's Brian Olive will also score one for his work on the LP. Auerbach — who has produced albums by both Olive and Cincinnati's Buffalo Killers — enlisted Olive (an original member of Cincinnati's Greenhornes) to work on the Dr. John album. Olive has songwriting credits on every track on Locked Down, and he's also credited with playing guitar, percussion and woodwinds, as well as providing background vocals. (Check out CityBeat's profile of Olive from 2011, about his Auerbach-produced Two of Everything album, here.)Kudos to Mr. Olive! That's him — the handsome feller with big side-burns playing sax (and a little guitar) in this video for the album's "Revolution." Check out all the winners from last night's Grammys here, and click here or here for some extra musings about the show.
by Mike Breen 07.16.2012
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Whigs Offer Free Download of Frank Ocean Cover

Reunited local greats also add dates to substantial North American tour

Along with the obscure R&B song "See and Don't See," the reunited Afghan Whigs have been performing their cover of modern Soul singer Frank Ocean's "Lovecrimes" since the start of its global tour. Since then, Ocean made headlines for declaring his bisexuality, a rarity in the world of Hip Hop (though a Soul crooner, he's part of of the Odd Future posse), and he's been busting up the charts with his LP release, Channel Orange. And now, the Cincinnati trio is unveiling a studio version of the cover and, as they did with "See and Don't See," they're offering it as a free download for fans via theafghanwhigs.com. The track will be available starting at noon today (get a sneak peep via The Fader below). The Whigs have also been gradually adding dates to its North American fall tour schedule. After spending most of the summer touring abroad, the band kicks off several weeks' worth of U.S. dates, beginning with the first domestic show announced — the Sept. 22 headlining slot at All Tomorrow's Parties' ’ll Be Your Mirror Festival, curated by singer/songwriter/guitarist Greg Dulli. (That show has been moved from Asbury Park to New York City's Pier 36; click here for details.) The band recently added Boston and Philly dates to the schedule, as well as November dates on the West Coast. So far, Whigs dates in D.C., NYC, Detroit and here in Cincinnati have sold out. If you missed out on getting tickets for the Cincy show at Bogart's (part of the venue's 30th anniversary celebration), you can sign up to win a pair here thanks to your old pals at CityBeat.UPDATE: Here's the free download widget. Enter your email, check your in-box and download away!                       

That's So Gay

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Eyes rolling. Heavy sigh. Gays and lesbians are some of the most tedious people. A worrisome, worried lot. I get being out. I do. I am. It’s this new way folks come out that is funny and boring, and when I say “folks” I mean celebrities, stars, rappers, singers, athletes. You know, the ones living in such rarified air that after they post, tweet or air the news of their gayness the rest of us — yawn — already knew, they have the literal luxury of being able to live their lives without really being stung by the realities of homophobia the rest of us live with.  
by Mike Breen 04.13.2012
Posted In: Live Music, Music Video, Music News at 09:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Couch Surfin' Coachella 2012

Huge West Coast music fest to stream live through YouTube

You can get naked and wasted while checking out the music at this weekend's Coachella festival in California and not worry about footage of it being posted on YouTube by — irony alert! — watching the performers live from the festival on YouTube. The webcast kicks off today (in about six hours) through the Coachella channel on YouTube. First up is the reformed British band James; other shows being simulcast today include Neon Indian, Jimmy Cliff and Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Dawes (playing Taft Theatre June 6), Madness, Frank Ocean, Pulp, The Black Keys, Mazzy Star, Refused, Amon Tobin and M83. Broadcast highlights tomorrow include the sets of  tUnE-yArDs (performing at the CAC later this spring), Bad Veins tourmates We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Buzzcocks, Walk the Moon tourmates Kaiser Chiefs, Squeeze, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent (at Bogart's May 9), The Shins, Bon Iver and A$AP Rocky. Sunday's YouTube lineup includes Oberhofer and Santigold (both coming to town soon), as well as Fitz and the Tantrums, Black Flag legend Greg Ginn, The Hives, Justice, Beirut, Gotye and Modeselektor.