Between bodies, equipment and ephemera,
we’re packed tightly into The Ready Stance’s rehearsal space, possibly a
converted coal cellar in the basement of guitarist/vocalist Wes Pence’s
beautiful old Newport home.
St. Vincent’s music is rife with contradictions. Take the first song on the outfit’s most recent album, last year’s Strange Mercy,
which opens with this vague but provocative imagery, delivered by Annie
Clark — the band’s 29-year-old creative ringleader.
While many bands spend years toiling around, looking for
their place within the music scene, Rise Against found their niche over a
decade ago. They lead the way in making mosh pit-stirring music with
Sharon Van Etten began winning admirers with a pair of intimate, soul-bearing albums — 2009’s Because I Was In Love and 2010’s Epic
— that explored love gone bad via a voice that was so big and
expressive and sad-sounding that one feared for the woman from which it
I became CityBeat’s arts and
entertainment editor in 1998, following a few years of being a
contributing writer, covering the local theater scene. In 1999 I wrote
my first big cover story — it was about Keith Glover and his Blues
musical, Thunder Knocking on the Door.
Thanks at least partially to our proximity
to Appalachia, Greater Cincinnati has long had one of the finest
Roots/Americana music scenes in the region. And the finest band from
that impressive batch of artists right now is Magnolia Mountain, the
band formed by Rock veteran and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist
Mark Utley about five years ago.
Some bands work for years for even the
smallest scrap of national attention. For Cincinnati’s Bad Veins, that
recognition came just after their second show in 2006 and has hardly
abated in the subsequent six years.
Sometimes the universe offers options you might never have otherwise imagined. Post Rock/Prog trio Pharaoh Loosey had already decided on the Mad Frog as the venue to celebrate the release of its debut CD, (h)wak formal, but when they ventured into the Corryville club’s catacombs, they found an ideal gig location.
Since it’s such a huge, kick-ass music
festival that spotlights the newest and best of the local, original
music scene from several genres, we thought we’d give you a little heads
up on next week’s Clifton Heights Music Festival so you can make plans