Cincinnati Indie/Post Rock trio Mallory returned to the local club scene several months ago after an extended hiatus, and this weekend the band celebrates the birthing of its long-awaited second release, '… Before It Grows.'
Just because Fran Healy and Andy Dunlop are out on an acoustic tour of the U.S. doesn't bode ill for the Scottish quartet Travis. In fact, after six albums and nearly 20 years, things couldn't be better.
For the past five years, L.A.'s Tomorrows Bad Seeds have been honing their hard rocking version of Reggae, Metal, Punk and Hip Hop to increasingly loyal and exponentially larger audiences at home and around the country. Spicing Rock with island rhythms is certainly no new development, as they're the latest in a long line of Rock bands with an affinity for Jamaica's second favorite export (and working knowledge of the export in the No. 1 slot as well).
Built to Spill's long, strange trip (six albums in 17 years, the last five for major label biggies Warner Bros.) reached an apex of sorts in July when they agreed to take part in the Pitchfork Music Festival's "Write the Night" in Chicago. Their latest album, 'There Is No Enemy,' is fairly laid back, sounding like a band staring into the abyss of adulthood — both as a musical unit and, you know, in real life.
Alex Brown Church Church is Sea Wolf, but recently he welcomed drummer Joey Ficken, bassist Ted Liscinski (onetime member of Cincy band Moth during that band's major label tenure) and keyboardist Lisa Fendelander to the permanent fold. Touring newbie Joyce Lee takes up the cello, while Nathan Anderson helms electric guitar, something he also handles for Indie Folk luminary M. Ward.
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On their new album, the aptly titled 'Burn It Down,' The Dynamites improbably turn up the heat and bring their Soul simmer to a full boil. If James Brown was the Godfather of Soul, Charles Walker is his consigliore — he sings with hellhound conviction, divinely inspired passion and otherworldly intensity.
Rockabilly/Roots hero Deke Dickerson started out playing in a Surf band in his teens, and that sound is still evident in some of his music. But he's since become a darling of the Roots music movement, thanks in large part to his masterful, trademark guitar playing that blends Surf, Country, Rockabilly and Jazz techniques.
Cincinnati Reds history will be made when The Baseball Project (Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon) makes its first appearance here at the Southgate House on Saturday. No, these venerable, veteran Alternative Rock musicians won't be announcing they're buying the Reds and changing their name to The Sex Pistols. Instead, they plan to use the local date to publicly debut their brand-new song "Pete Rose Way" off the upcoming 'Baseball Project Vol. 2' album.
TV on the Radio guitarist Kyp Malone and musician/filmmaker Aaron Aites front this side project that allows them to noodle around without consequence. Aites fronts the project, creating the playgrounds in which he and Malone collaborate. Their 'Dissolver' album, released in February, ended a six-year hiatus from recording.