Before I could even fully ask the question, Chuck Prophet (the Petty-with-an-edge Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist) was laughing. I said the word "Wikipedia," and he instantly knew I was heading to this paragraph in his entry: "Chuck Prophet parted with New West Records in 2005 after a restaurant tab argument involving an extra order of garlic bread."
People sure do love The Seedy Seeds. The endearing Folktronica trio cleaned up at this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, claiming three trophies: Album of the Year, Best Live Act and Best Alternative/Indie. The relatively young group now has six CEAs to its name. They're performing at the Southgate House with tourmates The Young Republic and D.C.'s Vandaveer.
Tommy Castro is one of those guys who's been around so long and has so many incredible affiliations it's astonishing he's not a household name. He got his chops playing with Bay Area cover bands in the '70s, leading to his membership the Retro Rock band The Dynatones in the '80s and a long solo career that kicked off in 1991.
The amazing local Power Pop trio hasn't been a "full-time" band for several years, but Ohio fans always know that, come Thanksgiving, they'll have a chance or two to catch the 'dots. Their annual shows (by the band's account, this will be the 666th) happen Wednesday at Canal Street Tavern in Dayton and Friday at the Southgate House.
In its infancy, the pummeling Sludge Metal of Black Cobra wasn't generated by a full-time "band." Instead, it was produced by two musicians working remotely from separate coasts, Jason Landrian and Raffa Martinez. That was a few years ago, but they have no plans of expanding past the current ranks.
Thom and Greg Moore have done time
in a number of worthwhile outfits (the former in Chicken on a Raft and Nedelle
and Thom, the latter in Sandycoates and Owl & the Pussycat), but they clearly
save their best efforts for their own project together, the appropriately bannered Moore Brothers. The Moores’ early work was more traditionally structured guitar/bass/keys/drum Pop/Rock, but around the time of 2004's 'Now Is the Time for Love' the sibs decided to strip things back to acoustic guitars and their otherworldly harmonic tenors, and that's when things got really interesting.
Now in its 11th year, the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit features American specialists Lisa Otey (from Tuscon, Ariz.) and Barrelhouse Chuck (Chicago), plus Spain's Lluis Coloma. Organizer Ricky Nye, of course, also performs, while local musicians Brian Aylor (drums), Steve Perkakis (upright bass) and George Bedard (guitar) provide accompaniment throughout the night.
In "Root of the Industry," the opening track on the June release 'The Holy
Open Secret,' Hoots & Hellmouth makes its seditious tendencies clear. Take a listen to this Roots Rock group without inspecting the lyrics and you might figure that their country-fried acoustic work is moonshine-making music without any teeth to it. That's not the case.
Perhaps the only show you can attend Saturday and not be encouraged to wear a costume, the annual BRINK New Music Showcase returns to the Southgate House Halloween night with three floors' worth of local band freshness. An attempt to spotlight the next crop of local music wavemakers, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards-sponsored event has hosted scores of eventual big-shots in past years. This year features acts nominated for the 2009 CEA "New Artist of the Year."
If you've never seen Chris Kittrell (aka "baby alpaca"), he's like this 7-foot-tall autoharp-wielding Ginsbergesque satyr who's on a personal mission to provide others with an auditory escape from the everyday as well as an outlet for creative collaboration and/or a skinny-dipping partner, all under the umbrella of his cuddly moniker.