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Benj Clarke Is Living the Dream

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I’m sort of playing “navigation lady” with my friend Benj Clarke. We’re both on our cell phones with Benj trying to locate my secluded street in Westwood. It doesn’t take him long to figure out how to get here, but why would it? He was the circulation manager at CityBeat, so he knows Cincinnati’s streets pretty well. He also loves The Beatles, as do I, and I could always tell that music is where his heart is — that being a full time musician was his dream. That dream is now a reality.  

Seasonal Disorder

Sensory experiences and memories of autumn

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It all starts with the smell. Every year we blurredly get spun around like we’re playing a game of pin the tail on the donkey and stumble from summer into fall. It’s an emotional time.  

The Year of the Comeback?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
In honor of our Cool Issue and fall preview, we wanted to take a look at some local-music-centric things. As it turns out, a theme this year could be “The Comeback,” as several artists and a late ’90s/early ’00s festival return to not just bask in their former glory, but to also take the projects to a new level.  

Mike Stern, Mindy Smith, Robert Pollard and Peter Mulvey

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Be warned: At least some of these CD reviews were written out longhand while I stared at beautiful Pickerel Lake while vacationing in northern Michigan. A good many of them were accompanied by a fairly well-stocked bar. For the Bob Pollard album, that was probably appropriate. I also check out new releases by Mike Stern, Mindy Smith and Peter Mulvey.  

Jockey Club Re-Reunion

Aug. 15 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, August 10, 2009
First Aurore Press released 'Stories for Shorty,' recollections about Newport's infamous Jockey Club, which prompted a reunion show, which resulted in a live CD of the proceedings, 'A Jockey Club Reunion: Live at the Southgate House.' And now there's a "re-reunion" show to recognize the CD's release and to benefit "Handsome" Clem Carpenter, the Jockey Club's defacto "Master of Ceremonies" and a pioneering Punk radio broadcaster on WAIF.  

Damien Jurado with mewithoutyou and Psalters

Aug. 18 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Monday, August 10, 2009
Good singer-songwriters make fans. Great singer-songwriters make friends. That's how Damien Jurado burst out of the Seattle scene and into the Indie spotlight a dozen years ago. Last year's 'Caught in the Trees' CD might well have been the best of Jurado's career so far, as he teamed with longtime friends to craft a noisier soundtrack that harkened back to his early days.  

The Donnas with Blondie and Pat Benatar

Aug. 15 • PNC Pavilion

0 Comments · Monday, August 10, 2009
Get ready for a blazing show at PNC Pavilion: The Donnas in live mode are like a Russian porn star, Rockyer Cockov. For evidence, check out the group's latest CD, the ironically-titled 'Greatest Hits Vol. 16,' which offers up freshly recorded and live versions of old songs, a few B-side rarities and some new material. Fellas, hold on tight. Ladies, keep track of your wigs and keys. It's going to be a Donnas kind of night.  

Tool with Tweak Bird

Aug. 7 • PNC Pavilion

0 Comments · Monday, August 3, 2009
Tool's viscerally shredding set is designed to elicit gyrational sweat even without the unrelenting, cloudless sun. The mayhem on stage is unstoppable — Tool ratchets up the volume and dark energy with almost psychopathic intent. Metaphorically, this is exactly how every Tool show has felt as the band agitates, cooks, refreshes, repeats. Thus may it ever be.   

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