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by Amy Harris 07.03.2014 24 days ago
Posted In: Live Music, Interview at 09:34 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Q&A with Andy Grammer

Pop singer/songwriter plays Covington’s Madison Theater this Saturday

Andy Grammer has a unique blend of musical talent, meshing his piano and guitar playing skills, smooth vocals and Hip Hop-like hooks to get crowds across the world fired up. Since his self-titled debut album in 2011, he has found great success through radio airplay and tours with the likes of Train, Natasha Bedingfield, and Colbie Caillat. Grammer is now embarking on his first headlining tour, which brings him to Covington’s Madison Theater this Saturday. The tour stop will be your chance to see Grammer in an intimate venue setting and see him up close and personal as he delivers his hits. (Click here for tickets and show info.)CityBeat: What can the fans expect from the new album coming in August?Andy Grammer: They can expect a lot of different vibes. I took a lot of chances sonically on this one. There is some acoustic stuff. There is one that sounds to me a little like Imagine Dragons meets Kanye. There is one that sounds like an MGMT track. There is one sounds like an old Lauryn Hill jam. I just made sure the songs were, in my opinion great, and I had a blast with the stuff I am really into right now.CB: The album is called Magazines or Novels. Is there a story behind the title?AG: It’s like how we ingest music these days. We are very ADD. A lot of times we just read through it, like magazines — tear through it, then throw it away. My goal was that not to be the case with this record. I built like 100 songs. I wrote the first 50 and realized I had a lot more magazines than novels, so I wrote another 50 and I think it is really good, actually. I am really excited about this album.CB: What is your songwriting process?AG: My process is more like … (chase) something all the way to the end and then step back and see if it is any good. Sometimes it is and, more often than not, it is not. I have to write a whole hell of a lot to get the jams I’m real proud to have on the album.CB: You have had several huge hits on radio in your career. Do you know right away when you have a hit on your hands when writing?AG: I don’t. I really don’t. That’s what is so confusing about it. I wouldn’t write it unless I thought it was great. I write it and am super stoked about it. As time goes by I can kind of tell whether it’s going to hold up. CB: Do you have people close to you that can give you the feedback?AG: Yeah, my manager and I pretty much are the ones that make the decision.CB: What is the best and the worst thing about being on the road for you?AG: We are doing shows that are like half old stuff and half new stuff and the fans will be really into it. The worst thing about being on tour is finding food that is good. It is pretty difficult to do, to find good food. It is easier to find McDonald’s and then you fall into (it) and feel bad. The best part of this tour, specifically, is playing new songs and seeing the fans react to it. It’s really exciting.CB: I have seen you play in Cincinnati when you opened for Train. Do you have any specific Cincinnati tour memories that you remember or fun things in Cincinnati you like to do?AG: Fans in Ohio are the best. Any show in Ohio, fans know how to have a good time, they party harder than anyone else at shows. It’s real. I’m not sure you know that about yourselves. I have toured around the whole country and it is just better in Ohio.CB: Have you ever been starstruck?AG: Sure. When I met Sara Bareilles I was a little bit starstruck and I don’t even know why. I really liked her and was excited to meet her.CB: Is there anybody you want to collaborate with, maybe a different genre of music?AG: I would like to do a song where I did the hook and Macklemore did the rap. I think that would be dope. CB: Do you have a favorite guitar that you like to play?AG: Yeah, Taylor is my jam. They hook me up with guitars and they sound amazing.CB: Is there one specifically? Some people have one guitar. I saw one person last week with one they had played so much they had worn a hole in it.AG: I don’t have that. I bust them up a lot and I have to get them fixed. I have also had this thing where I have had like three of my guitars stolen out of my car in L.A., and I don’t live in a terrible place. I think someone is on to me.CB: I guess you shouldn’t get attached then. Well, what can the fans expect when you come through Cincinnati. I know you said you were playing half old and half new material, but what can the fans expect from your headlining show?AG: Expect to see a little bit different light. One song has a vocoder on it. There is a little more high energy stuff. I am really excited. High energy is, in my opinion, better.
 
 

Phosphorescent with PUBLIC and Cedar Skies

Sunday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Multi-instrumentalist Matthew Houck seems slightly bashful about attaching his given name to his recorded output.   

Tegan and Sara with The Courtneys and Lucius

Thursday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tegan and Sara’s seventh full-length, last year’s Heartthrob, is a sleek, synth-driven affair rife with the twins’ interweaving vocals and enough hooks to power a dozen less-accomplished albums. It represents the culmination of an evolution that has seen the raven-haired Canadians move from Lilith Fair-nurtured, Indie Folk upstarts to masters of perpetually heartsick Pop Rock.   

Papadosio with Peridoni and Random Rab

Saturday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
There is a fair amount of evidence that Jam/Psych bands are primarily interested in mindless noodling on a musical bridge to nowhere, Electronic bands are satisfied to “unce-unce-unce” on varying themes with no discernible point and Prog bands have a tendency to disappear up their own asses with Classical suites and Middle Earth imagery. Papadosio understands all of those stereotypical paradigms and assiduously avoids falling prey to any of them.   
by P.F. Wilson 02.12.2014
Posted In: Live Music, Reviews at 11:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys at Madison Theater

It was quite a treat for area fans of (forgive the term) Alternative Rock as Arctic Monkeys rolled into Covington’s Madison Theater again this past Monday night. As one of the millennium’s most influential acts, the band from the English Midlands can normally be found playing arenas and large theaters, or headlining festivals throughout their homeland and the rest of Europe. Yet, they managed to schedule Covington on this tour, knowing they would easily be able put butts in the seats (even though there are few seats in the venue), which indeed they did. The sold-out but well behaved crowd witnessed the band flawlessly execute a 20-song set, that was heavy on new tracks, but still filled with “hits.” They got right down to business opening with “Do I Wanna Know?” before powering into “Brianstorm” and “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I Moved Your Chair.” Lead singer Alex Turner’s banter with the audience focused mostly on the correct pronunciation of “Covington.” He eventually adopted a passable American accent and assured the crowd that a good time was going to be had. That statement was not inaccurate. The band’s energy steadily increased, tempered only by Turner’s occasional breaks to comb back his hair — which the audience seemed to love. Their main set ended with the perfectly arranged trifecta of “I Wanna Be Yours,” “Fluorescent Adolescent,” and “505.” The encore was similarly paced, ending with fan-favorite “R U Mine?”A pleasant surprise was opening act The Orwells. There’s been some heat on this Chicago-based quartet since the Arcs hand-picked them as their support act, and because of their very well-received appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman a few weeks back. Lead singer Mario Cuomo’s vacant yet engaging style captured the crowd’s attention, many dancing and bopping along to the band’s Post Punk stylings. Hope to see them back.
 
 

Quadron with Mayer Hawthorne

Saturday • Madison Theater

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Denmark has yielded a number of intriguing artists over the years, none more compelling of late than Lars von Trier, a provocative filmmaker whose latest effort, Nymphomaniac, is as graphic and emotionally caustic as its title would suggest. Yet Quadron, an Electro Soul outfit from Copenhagen, comes from the opposite end of the artistic spectrum, delivering sleek slow-jams with titles like “Favorite Star,” “Hey Love” and “Crush.”   

Mayer Hawthorne with Quadron

Saturday • Madison Theater

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Stones Throw label honcho Peanut Butter Wolf heard some of Mayer Hawthorne’s early songs and was convinced they were real Soul deals from the ’60s/’70s, retooled from a modern mindset. When the truth was revealed, Wolf signed Hawthorne instantly.  
by Mike Breen 01.27.2014
Posted In: CEAs, Live Music at 09:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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CEA 2014 Winners

Who won what at the 17th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards

Check out a wrap-up of last night's 17th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards show in this Wednesday issue of CityBeat. (Spoiler alert: It was an amazing night.)In the meantime, below are the winners in each of the CEA categories. Congratulations to all of the performers, presenters, nominees and other attendees for making last night's show at the Madison Theater such a success. (Here's a link to some footage from ICRCTV's Livestream stream last night.)Cincinnati Entertainment Awards 2014 Winners Rock: Electric Citizen  Indie/Alternative: DAAP Girls Metal/Hard Rock: Moonbow Punk: The Dopamines Folk/Americana: The Tillers Bluegrass: Rumpke Mountain Boys Country: Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s Singer/Songwriter: Molly Sullivan World Music/Reggae: The Cliftones Hip Hop: Buggs Tha Rocka Electronic: Black Signal Blues: Ricky Nye Jazz: The Faux Frenchmen R&B/Funk/Soul: The Cincy Brass Best Live Act: Foxy ShazamBest Artist Not Nominated: Young Heirlooms  Best Music Video: “8 Ball” by Valley High  Album of the Year: Fists of Love - I Sang My Heart Out to a Snake Once New Artist of the Year: Tweens Artist of the Year: Walk the Moon
 
 
by Mike Breen 01.24.2014
Posted In: Local Music, Live Music, CEAs at 08:34 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Return Sunday

Seventeenth annual celebration of Greater Cincinnati's music makers goes up against The Grammys this year

The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony/party returns for its 17th annual celebration of the Greater Cincinnati music scene this Sunday at Madison Theater (730 Madison Ave., Covington, madisontheateronline.com). The show is open to music fans of all ages and kicks off at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)This marks the first year the CEAs have gone up against that OTHER music awards show, The Grammys (made possible by the CEA ceremony’s move from November to January last year). Don’t worry — you can DVR The Grammys or check out the best bits later online.Along with the presentation of awards in 19 categories and lots of fun planned by first-time host (and CityBeat Arts & Culture Editor) Jac Kern, this year’s CEAs will feature more live performances than ever. The show will open with a secret — an all-star crew going by the name Saint Ain’t Mangled Angels. There will also be a special appearance by Folk trio The Tillers, who will pay tribute to their former bassist, Jason Soudrette, who passed away last year. Rounding out the great performance lineup are 2014 CEA nominees DAAP Girls, The Almighty Get Down, Moonbow, Valley High, Honey & Houston, The Yugos and The Upset Victory. (Check out all of this year's nominees here.)Immediately after the CEA show, ticket holders are invited to attend the famous/infamous after party at BLDG (30 W Pike St., Covington, 513-491-4228). Indie/Electronic band Dark Colour will perform and Melissa Fairmount and Dana Hamblen of The Fairmount Girls will once again be doling out the “Fashion Trashies,” special handmade awards given to the best/worst/weirdest dressed CEA attendees (so be sure to look your best/worst/weirdest on the red carpet!). Tickets to the CEA show are available at cincyticket.com for $20 (they’ll be $25 at the door). Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. Also available at cincyticket.com are special VIP tickets. For $40, VIPs get some goodies from the Heritage Foundation (including a membership), food and drinks, private seating, performances by DJ squad Selectas Choice and more. For those who can’t make it Sunday, follow @CityBeatMusic on Twitter to find out who wins what live as the awards are handed out.Click below to check out this year’s nominees in first time category, Best Music Video. The videos will be shown on the big screen at the Madison a half hour before the 7 p.m. start time. 

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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.  

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