Honestly, if you saw the name Borgore typeset in one of
those dripping entrails fonts, wouldn’t you expect a downtuned Death
Metal corpsefest? Don’t let the name fool you; Borgore is one of the
Dubstep scene’s leading lights. There’s no dance floor at a Borgore gig; there’s the front door and the pit. Get in it.
Long before Hank Williams Jr. was banned from Monday Night Football,
Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks ticked off the
entire Republican party, one musician has continually spoken out against
the unfair, the unquestioned and the un-American. That man is Charlie
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.
It seems like in the past, Cincinnati had a reputation for
being the kind of place you could move away from for a decade knowing
that when you returned, the gas station, grocery store and drinking
establishments would be there waiting for you, exactly as you left them.
Mike Oliva and I agree — Batman is cool,
but The Joker is simply badass, with his dark sense of humor and creepy,
wide smile. There’s something intriguing about his slick, sarcastic
ways, and, hell, there’s no forgetting that horrific laugh.
This is one of those random weeks where
there are so many notable events involving local bands, we could have
done an all-music double issue of CityBeat and still not have room for it all. Thankfully, we do
have constantly updated Staff Blogs. So here’s what’s
up, lightning-round-style; check the blog throughout the week for more
Five surf-rockers, two go-go dancers and a guy in a gorilla suit walk into a bar … That’s either the weirdest setup for a
joke ever or it means that Cincinnati’s only Surf Rock band, Doctor
Bombay and the Atomic Bachelor Pad, has arrived.
President Obama’s “2012 Election Playlist” was posted
recently on Spotify (credited to Obama and his young campaign staffers). There are
songs by James Taylor and Springsteen, plus his new karaoke jam “Let’s
Stay Together,” but there is a suspiciously large number of Country
songs (Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band).
If a duo can qualify as a “supergroup,” then Freekbot is a legit local music supergroup. Freekbot features Freekbass (a.k.a.
bassist/singer Chris Sherman of Funk crew Freekbass) and Tobotius
(a.k.a. Tobe Donohue, producer and founder of world-renowned turntable
crew Animal Crackers) in an Electronic duo configuration.