by Brian Baker
If Axl Rose announced he was planning the next Guns 'N Roses album as a tribute to Tony Orlando and Dawn, that would be only slightly more surprising than Matt Baumann's left turn from his Ambient Jazz saxophone tone poetry to the sparsely appointed Americana released under his reimagined guise as WolfCryer.
Oddly enough, when Baumann defected from saxophone to banjo, the quality that linked his two disparate musical directions was a spartan sense of atmospherics and an expansively moody palette; while the outcomes couldn't have been more different, there was a fascinatingly similar philosophical link between his two sonic identities.
As WolfCryer, Baumann has been slightly more in tune with the singer/songwriters to which he swore fandom back in his tone/drone Jazz days (Warren Zevon, Tom Waits and Jason Molina were particular favorites), and over the past three years of his newly established Folk/Roots persona, he has managed to amass a catalog of songs that more than amply proves the wisdom of his career shift. His 2012 self-titled WolfCryer debut turned a lot of heads in the local Folk community, and Baumann spent the subsequent year working on his chops and making a new name for himself in a crowded scene that always seems to make room for quality purveyors.
Earlier this year, Baumann released the fruits of his most recent labor, the four song EP Wild Spaces, which came on the heels of a pair of EPs in late 2013, The Long Ride Home and Hell's Coming Down. The three brief but potent releases showed Baumann expanding his sonic possibilities as he incorporated more acoustic guitar and harmonica into his songs and left the banjo as an infrequent but still welcome guest. Baumann's proposed full-length debut, originally slated for this past summer, hasn't yet materialized but in the meantime, he's whetted our appetites with a new eight-song WolfCryer EP, The Prospect of Wind.
Like many of his avowed heroes, Baumann turns his songwriting talents toward society's downtrodden on The Prospect of Wind, with a particular interest in the personally felt ravages of war. It is an age old topic of literature and song, because no matter how sophisticated mankind becomes at the destruction of life, the simple desolation of the survivors never seems to change to any great degree. To that end, Baumann channels his inner Dylan in the lyrics and the cadence of the EP's title track ("There's an ember in the kindling, from a cracked and careless hand/Just waiting for the moment to rise and scorch the land"), nimbly displays both his love for and his study of Warren Zevon on "The War" and "When I Go," and waves his Springsteen flag with pride and admiration on "Box of Bones" and "Both Hands on the Plow."
As has been the case from the start of his relatively short but extremely potent tenure as WolfCryer, Baumann has no trouble notching his songs with some of the characteristics of his favorite singer/songwriters, but he does it in the constant pursuit of his own musical identity. You may detect a glimmer of some of his monolithic predecessors in the songs that comprise The Prospect of Wind, but you'll come away knowing that you've experienced another great WolfCryer album.
WolfCryer's CD release show for The Prospect of Wind is Friday night at the Southgate House Revival in the Revival Room. Admission is $10 and the show starts at 9 p.m.
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2014
With the MidPoint Music Festival
returning this Thursday-Saturday, numerous musical acts from around the
world will be performing at venues throughout Over-the-Rhine and
Downtown. But there are also several artists playing MPMF who don’t have
to travel far at all.
by Mike Breen
MidPoint Music Festival 2014 kicks off this Thursday and we've been showcasing some of the Critic's Picks from our official
MidPoint guide (which will be available throughout the fest). While
most of attendees are likely very familiar with some of the bigger
headlining acts, these suggestions mostly focus on some of the lesser
known gems. (If you're in doubt, any act with "Cincinnati" next to their
name is a slam dunk.)
Here are some recommendations for this Saturday. Click
here to check out the entire official guide, which has write up on all
150 or so MPMF acts. Tickets are still available here.
12:15 a.m. @ Arnold's
Baskery (Stockholm, Sweden)
Sweden’s Baskery formed in 2007, but the
members didn’t have to go far to find each other. The group consists of
sisters Greta, Stella and Sunniva Bondesson, who dub their unique spin
on Roots/Country music everything from “Nordicana” to “Banjo-Punk.” But
descriptions are especially difficult when it comes to Baskery; the
trio’s third album, this year’s Little Wild Life, finds the
sisters spinning a wide range of American Roots music styles into their
own distinctive, wildly diverse sound. One second the group is
showcasing its vocal harmony prowess a capella on the haunting “Northern
Girl,” the next its strutting swamp boogie a la Southern Culture on the
Skids on “The NoNo.” If you’re tiring of Roots music that doesn’t go
off the same exact blueprints established a century ago, Baskery will
show you just how far Americana can be taken.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The Dixie Chicks without boundaries, The Beatles reborn as a sister act fascinated by Americana. (Mike Breen)
7:15 p.m. @ Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. (Outdoor Stage)
Ancient Warfare (Lexington, Ky.)
Ancient Warfare’s dark and quiet
intensity transcends the band’s tough-chick exterior. The quartet
designs a sonic atmosphere the same way Saul Bass once designed logos:
with elegant simplicity and ferocious creativity. The psychedelic aspect
to Ancient Warfare’s presentation is more about texture than actual
sound, as their languid, fuzzy melodies drift through their ethereal yet
solidly constructed songs, like the heavy smoke in an opium den. The
palpable weariness of Echo Wilcox’s gloomy vocals and haunted guitar,
the intractable pull of Rachael Yanarella’s hypnotic violin, the subtle
thunder of Reva Williams’ bass and the exquisite filigrees provided by
multi-instrumentalist Emily Hagihara swirl and combine to make Ancient
Warfare’s enveloping totality and assure that their imminent debut
album, The Pale Horse, will be one of the fall’s most anticipated releases.
YDIIYD: Sixteen Horsepower reimagined as the Velvet Underground by P.J. Harvey, Aimee Mann and Hope Sandoval. (Brian Baker)
10 p.m. @ Christian Moerlein Brewing Company (Indoor Stage)
Apache Dropout (Bloomington, Ind.)
Like all good college towns, Bloomington,
Ind., is forever dishing up awesome bands with fresh, new music. In the
case of Apache Dropout, that “new” sound is perfectly and thankfully
reminiscent of some of the best music of the past. Their newest album, Heavy Window, comes from Magnetic South, co-owned by band member Seth Mahern. The guys pressed 1,000 copies of Heavy Window,
one of their largest printings yet. Fun fact: The first half of those
records feature glowing eyes on the eerie-cool cover. It’s the ultimate
tell-tale sign of the drug-addled, paranoid Rock & Roll boogie on
YDIIYD: The Who on acid, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. (Deirdre Kaye)
11 p.m. @ The Drinkery
Xoe Wise (Chicago)
At 19, Xoe Wise moved from her North
Carolina home (the first song she wrote was for a sick goat on her
family’s farm) to Chicago and immediately became a fixture in the city’s
burgeoning scene. Wise’s debut album, 2010’s Echo, generated a pile of positive local press, while its follow-up, 2012’s Archive of Illusions, earned her a sell-out crowd at Schuba’s, a spot on WGN-TV and a feature in the Chicago Tribune. Wise’s third EP, Breakfast, hit the Top 20 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and she’s currently at work on her third full-length, irresistibly titled Racecar Orgasm. Wise plays solo acoustic or with a full Electro Pop crew, but either way she creates a dreamy and undeniable vibe.
YDIIYD: Imogen Heap and Suzanne Vega play Twister on a musical game board. (BB)
11:15 p.m. @ Mainstay Rock Bar
The Tontons (Houston)
Big-haired Texas and its Rock &
Roll-loving youngsters have eaten up and loved every second of their
time with The Tontons. Now the band is out touring the nation and
conquering ears and hearts across the globe. The group’s sultry Rock is
just good enough to make The Tontons Cincinnati’s favorite band, too.
“So Young,” off 2011’s Golden, feels like a modern, youthful,
rockin’ spin on elevator music or like Henry Mancini decided to start a
female-led Rock band. Asli Omar’s one-of-a-kind voice and perfect squeal
makes each song on this year’s Make Out King and Other Stories stand out.
YDIIYD: Blonde Redhead, wearing leather to Tiffany & Co. (DK)
8:45 p.m. @ Mainstay Rock Bar
The Nepotist (New York, N.Y.)
Good luck trying to find a one or two
word descriptor for the music made by NYC trio The Nepotist. Actually,
don’t even try — the group’s uniqueness and sonic diversity is what
makes them so enjoyable to listen to. The Village Voice called
them “Alt Soul,” a term the band has embraced and works well enough
given the soulful vocals and rewired Steve Cropper guitar riffs. But
then you have a track like the recent single “Kids,” which has bubbling
banjo and harmonies befitting a Folk band. It’s a delicious stew that is
blissfully unpredictable. The trio (formed by brothers Chris and Hayden
Frank) has only been together a couple of years but has already drawn
loads of glowing press thanks to its pair of EPs and various singles
released just this year alone. A full-length is due early next year.
YDIIYD: Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, Dr. Dog. (MB)
10:30 p.m. @ Memorial Hall
Saintseneca (Columbus, Ohio)
When Saintseneca canceled an appearance
at the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus this July, the quintet
made national headlines not for its music but for its social politics,
because the members were against sex offender R. Kelly performing at the
fest. Met with vicious protests, Kelly eventually pulled out (no pun
intended) of the fest. This is one of many ways the folksy Appalachian
Pop group has become famous this year, along with releasing the new
record Dark Arc (produced by Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis),
recording a NPR Tiny Desk Concert and gigging across the country. From
grassroots house concerts in central Ohio to performing at national
fests, it won’t be long now before everyone knows their name and music.
YDIIYD: Weird instruments like the
bouzouki, the dulcimer and a bowed banjo playing lilting harmonies with
a Ben Gibbard-y vocal affectation. (Garin Pirnia)
9:45 p.m. @ MidPoint Midway Stage
Low Cut Connie (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
If you think Piano Rock is all Billy Joel
and Elton John, sorry will be a much easier word for you after you’ve
experienced the 88-key onslaught of Low Cut Connie. Featuring the manic
piano fireworks of Adam Weiner and the ambidextrous drum/guitar magic of
Dan Finnemore (and a full band’s worth of mayhem on tour), Low Cut
Connie entertains with a vengeance and accepts nothing less than total
surrender. Their first two albums, 2011’s Get Out the Lotion and 2012’s Call Me Sylvia,
are loaded with catchy numbers that feature a lot of humor but stop
well short of being simple novelties and showcase the duo’s disparate
influences (Jerry Lee Lewis and Iggy Pop for Weiner; British Punk and
Garage Rock for Finnemore). Low Cut Connie’s latest triumph was a
spectacular version of Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire” on the
Nilsson tribute This is the Town earlier this year, and rumors of
a third album continue to swirl. But right now, the play’s the thing.
See Low Cut Connie and marvel at the things a piano was never meant to
do but should have been doing all along.
YDIIYD: Ben Folds dipped in speed and forced to play Replacements and Stooges songs in a seedy cabaret. (BB)
8 p.m. @ MOTR Pub
Wyatt Blair (Los Angeles)
Power Pop gets short shrift in any
serious discussion of music because of its relative simplicity and
perceived lack of gravity, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Coming up with hooks and lyrics that get the job done in under three
minutes and stick in the head like brain taffy may be among the most
difficult musical tasks. Wyatt Blair doesn’t seem to have any problem at
all, and his latest album, the confectionary Banana Cream Dream,
is solid evidence of his lo-fi Power Pop ambitions (he also works with
Peach Kelli Pop and Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel). As Andy
Partridge once noted so succinctly, this is Pop.
YDIIYD: Rick Springfield channeling T. Rex, produced by Tommy Keene. (BB)
10:45 p.m. @ Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
Earth (Seattle, Wash.)
Much like the planet itself, the band
Earth has been through a lot in the past 25 years. Guitarist Dylan
Carson founded the primarily instrumental band in 1989, cribbing the
name from one of Black Sabbath’s early monikers. The band’s 1993 debut, Earth 2,
has long been considered the launching pad for what Carlson dubbed
Ambient Metal, a feedback- and distortion-drenched drone that influenced
a subsequent generation. In the mid-’90s, Carlson shelved the band to
deal with heroin addiction; it would be nearly a decade before the
release of 2005’s Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method, which
retained a Doom Metal structure but incorporated Country and Blues
motifs and was also heavily influenced by Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Blood Meridian. Earth’s next albums, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I and II, were shaped by Carlson’s love of Pentangle and Fairport Convention, while the just released Primitive and Deadly
finds Carlson moving in yet another new and different direction,
incorporating straight Rock and even Pop elements into his long droning
jams. With 16 lineup changes in a quarter century, it’s not unusual that
Earth would shift identities, but even if the personnel had been stable
throughout, Carlson would have retooled the band’s sound in any event
and made a new, glorious noise to confront the world.
YDIIYD: God’s guitar, Gabriel’s amp, the Devil’s road crew. (BB)
by Mike Breen
It's MidPoint Music Festival week! If you need some
guidance as you create your MPMF itinerary (which you can build and keep
track of through the live.mpmf.com app), we'll be showcasing some
of the Critic's Picks from our official MidPoint guide (which will be
available throughout the fest). While most of attendees are likely very
familiar with some of the bigger headlining acts of the fest, these
suggestions focus on some of the great acts beyond the top-of-the-poster
ones. Remember — MPMF is about discovery. (And if you find yourself
with a blank spot on your schedule, any of Cincinnati's homegrown talent
playing MPMF are a sure bet.)
Here are some recommendations for this Thursday. Click
here to check out the entire official guide, which has write-ups on all
150 or so MPMF acts. Tickets are still available here.
8 p.m. @ Arnold's
Old Hundred (Columbus, Ohio)
Indie Folk Rock
In 2012, Columbus’ Old Hundred was listed as one of “10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now” by Paste Magazine.
If you didn’t heed that advice at the time, you should do yourself a
favor and do so immediately. Along with scoring slots at regional fests
and playing with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Phosphorescent and
Cake, the group has put out a pair of full-lengths and two EP releases,
including this year’s remarkable I Don’t Want to Die. The EP
shows the unpredictable diversity of Old Hundred, opening with the
sweeping Folk instrumental “Catamount I” before moving into gritty,
melodic Indie Rock of “I’ll Be There (When You Die),” the beautiful
harmony-laden “I Don’t Want to Die” and “Catamount II,” which begins
with haunting Art Folk minimalism and builds into a noisy cacophony that
could’ve been composed by Explosions in the Sky.
You'll Dig It If You Dig: Fleet Foxes, Wilco, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses. (Mike Breen)
Don't Want to Die by Old Hundred
10:30 p.m. @ The Drinkery
Alpha Consumer (Minneapolis)
Considering Minneapolis’ storied history,
Alpha Consumer has created a cultishly devoted fan base among one of
the most sophisticated and discerning music audiences on the planet. The
trio has also made fans within its peer group, collaborating with
Andrew Bird, Bon Iver and Brother Ali, while maintaining a unique
musical perspective of herky jerky New Wave as filtered through a
melodic Pop prism that fractures its light into individual rays of New
York Punk, Psych Folk and contemporary Indie Rock. Alpha Consumer’s last
full-length, 2011’s Kick Drugs Out of America, was a blast of Indie oddballery, but the group’s recently released Meat shows a great deal more subtlety and musical growth toward the melodic heart and soul that was evident on its predecessor.
YDIIYD: Ray Davies, Paul Westerberg and Ween in the front row of a Devo concert. (Brian Baker)
10:30 p.m. @ Know Theater (Main Stage)
Fathers is a band with branches in
Chicago but deep roots in the Cincinnati scene. Its members played
previously in such Cincy stalwarts as Enlou, All The Day Holiday and
Cathedrals. It should be noted that Fathers sound virtually nothing like
any of those bands, but instead carves out its own niche somewhere
between ’70s Easy Listening and more modern, propulsive Indie Rock.
Nearly every song demonstrates a mastery of the delicate art of dynamic
and mood. Of course, that being said, the band says its live show is
akin to “an out-of-control bus with a bomb strapped to the bottom that
will blow if the driver slows down.” So come prepared for anything.
YDIIYD: Fleetwood Mac with vocals recorded in the My Morning Jacket reverb silo. (Ben Walpole)
10 p.m. @ Know Theater (Second Stage)
Violent Mae (Hartford, Conn.)
Indie Jazz Rock
As their bio reads, vocalist/guitarist
Becky Kessler and drummer Floyd Kellogg were supposed to work on her
solo album together, not form a band. Kessler moved from Outer Banks,
N.C., to work on an organic farm in Connecticut, where she met Kellogg.
The result of their work together is last year’s self-titled debut,
influenced by noisy bands Sonic Youth and Pixies, but also possessing
notes of Jazz icon Charles Mingus and a sprinkling of Jeff Buckley’s
Folk Gospel. On the upbeat melancholy of “Hole in My Heart,” Kessler
sings about heartache in her raspy voice that’s in the ilk of Heartless
Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom. This winter they went method and recorded
the song “Man in the Country” in an abandoned mining cave.
YDDIYD: The Heartless Bastards, Jeff Buckley without the high notes, New England in the fall, cave dwellers. (Garin Pirnia)
10:45 p.m. @ Mainstay Rock Bar
The Infatuations (Detroit)
The high-energy Soul style of The
Infatuations has made them a favorite in their hometown scene, which is
saying a lot when you realize their hometown scene gave birth to Motown
and scores of bands known for amazing live shows (MC5, The White
Stripes, etc.). The group recently scored five Detroit Music Awards (out
of 14 nominations) including Outstanding Live Performance. The
Infatuations bring the party for its live shows and their recorded work
captures that sweaty, dance-demanding vibe perfectly. This year, the
group released its first full-length, Detroit Block Party, 11 tracks of high-octane R&B that’s almost as fun to listen to as it is to experience in concert. Almost.
YDIIYD: Motown, Stax, Marvin, Curtis, Otis. (MB)
Midnight @ MOTR Pub
Nikki Lane (Nashville, Tenn.)
With her unabashed bluster, Lane’s songs
about jilted lovers and walks of shame generate either foot stomping or
pensive swaying. (Note: She’s nothing like another Nashville “Country”
artist who likes to write songs about exes, Taylor Swift.) Lane grew up
in Greenville, S.C., then spent some time in NYC before settling in
Music City, where she opened up a vintage store called High Class
Hillbilly. That led to meeting and collaborating with Black Key Dan
Auerbach, who produced her sophomore record, All or Nothin’. On
songs “Man Up” and “You Can’t Treat Me Like That,” she lets those men
know she’s the boss, all while never losing that alluring rhythm.
YDIIYD: Strong vintage female Country artists like Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn and newer country artists like Lydia Loveless. (GP)
10:30 p.m. @ Mr. Pitiful's
Steelism (Nashville, Tenn.)
Led by guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal
steel player Spencer Cullum, Steelism is a wide-ranging instrumental
band that takes from Surf rock greats, classical soundtrack composers
and vintage Soul music and creates its own distinct and completely
engrossing sound. You can use Santo & Johnny — the pedal
steel/guitar twosome that had a hit with the mesmerizing “Sleepwalk” —
as a starting point, simply because it is a provocative instrumental hit
using the same instrument motif, but Steelism takes the concept to
levels that duo only dreamed of. They can pull off gorgeous Country
balladry, Krautrock weirdness, rollicking Rock & Roll boogie,
R&B smoothness with equal grace, managing to have its own strong
musical identity craft cohesiveness in the face of such disparate
inspiration. And no, you get swept up enough that you won’t once wonder,
“Would this sound better with singing?” In this case, singing would be
YDIIYD: The Ventures, Esquivel, Ennio Morricone. (MB)
10:45 p.m. @ Ballroom at the Taft Theater
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages (Boston)
Barrence Whitfield is the kind of
performer that the word “frontman” was devised to define who they are
and yet doesn’t go nearly far enough in describing what they do.
Whitfield is a human tornado of Soul and Rock, a witheringly energetic
gene splice of Wilson Pickett, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Arthur
Alexander, with moves and grooves that would sprain Richard Simmons’
optic nerve. And around him are the Savages, a musical Special Forces
unit that storms stages with blitzkrieg passion and unhinged abandon.
And we’ll let Boston claim them, because the band started there three
decades ago, but we all know that half the Savages hail from the Queen
City (ex-Customs/DMZ/Lyres guitarist Peter Greenberg,
ex-Customs/Auburnaires keyboardist Jim Cole, ex-Pearlene drummer Andy
Jody) and their last two comeback albums — 2011’s Savage Kings and 2013’s Dig Thy Savage Soul
— were recorded with John Curley at Ultrasuede (and Savage Kings was
released on Shake It, so there). But the band will be happy to tell you
that it doesn’t matter where they’re from, it matters where they’re
headed. And the best you can do to get ready is strap your ass on tight;
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages might just rock it off.
YDIIYD: Little Richard mentors The Dictators, Wilson Pickett gives them a metric ton of Soul. (BB)
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
The Corner Man Later with Jools Holland from TKA on Vimeo.
by Mike Breen
Cincinnati area musicians team up for Northern Kentucky public radio station’s fall fund drive
While commercial radio throws a bone here and there to homegrown musicians in Greater Cincinnati via specialty shows or segments, public radio station WNKU (89.7 FM; wnku.org) frequently adds songs from local artists to its regular-rotation playlist. And it has for years. The station also covers the local scene online with news and reviews, hosts local musicians for its live in-studio Studio 89 program and sponsors numerous musical events across the Tristate.Local musicians are returning the favor by appearing on the new compilation album, Get Real Gone: Road Songs for Public Radio. In lieu of, say, a cliched tote bag gift, WNKU will be giving CDs of the album to those who donate during the station’s fall fund drive. Listeners who become “sustaining members,” paying just $8 a month, or those who donate $96 can score a disc of their very own. The compilation features tracks by Roger Klug, Brian Lovely’s Flying Underground, Eclipse Movement, Goose, The Newbees, Balderdash, Tim Goshorn, Kim Taylor, psychodots, Marcos, Graveblankets, Davis Kinney, Charlie Fletcher, Jeff Seeman and Bromwell-Diehl. This Saturday and Sept. 27, several of the Get Real Gone participants will perform live at WNKU’s studio. This Saturday, the lineup features Davis Kenney (10 a.m.), Balderdash (noon), The Newbees (1 p.m.), Roger Klug Power Trio (2 p.m.) and Graveblankets (3 p.m.). On Sept. 27, tune in to hear Kim Taylor (10 a.m.), Jeffrey Seeman (10:40 a.m.), Brian Lovely’s Flying Underground (11:30 a.m.), Goose (1 p.m.), Charlie Fletcher (with The Bluebirds; 2:30 p.m.) and the Bromwell-Diehl Band (3:15 p.m.). Click here for more info and here to make a donation.
Plus, local happenings
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The reigning Cincinnati Entertainment
Award winner of Artist of the Year honors, Alt Pop quartet Walk the
Moon, is finally set to release its second album for RCA Records.
Tuesday • Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The music bug bit Sarah Jaffe early. And hard.
by Mike Breen
Blog compiles impressive list of songs featuring “Cincinnati” in their titles
This morning we received a message from former CIncinnatian/current Silver Spring, Md., resident Chris Richardson about some Cincinnati music-centric posts on his cool music blog, Zero to 180.
Richardson has a rich knowledge of music in general — his blog “celebrates studio songcraft and some of the lesser-known stories behind the songwriters, musicians, producers, engineers, arrangers, label owners and the like” — and he has good taste because he appears to be a big fan of pioneering local label King Records. (Here’s a great post about an interesting connection between King and Jamaican Ska.)
Yesterday, the blog featured a fun post with a run down of songs from the past to the present that feature Cincinnati in the title. Tracks range from earlier cuts by Duke Ellington (“Cincinnati Daddy”) and Johnny Burnette (“Cincinnati Fireball”) through more recent material, like “Cincinnati Harmony” by The Dopamines, “Oh, Cincinnati” by The Seedy Seeds and “All Roads Lead to Cincinnati” by Jake Speed and the Freddies. Check the full list here.
There are several great tunes on the list, but this one is pretty terrifying:
Anything he missed?
Cincy band's second full-length for RCA Records due later this year
reigning Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners of the Artist of the Year
honors, Alt Pop quartet Walk the Moon,
are finally set to release their second album for RCA Records. The album's lead single, "Shut Up and Dance," was released Sept. 10 and last night the group performed the song on Late Night with Seth Meyers. (Watch below.)The band's sophomore RCA full-length will be out before the year's end, according to the label.
Walk the Moon kicks off its coast-to-coast “Shut Up
and Tour” tour of smaller clubs in Seattle on Oct. 8. The band will perform
some of the new material on the tour, which does not include a hometown date.
The group will be in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 21, but that show instantly sold
out. The Columbus date is also the first of several shows that will feature like-minded
Cincinnati Pop Rock trio Public as
Friday • The Ballroom at Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
While The Features have always
successfully translated their visceral energy in the studio, it’s their
live presentation that seals the deal. Get Featured in person.