As invigoratingly honest Americana continues to blossom amid the musical banalities of Modern
Country like a desert rose, it brings with it a new phenomenon: the
“No-Hit Wonder,” those troubadours whose
grittily propulsive, slyly smart songs just can’t get commercial Country
airplay. It is to them that Cory Branan has dedicated the title song
of his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder.
It hardly seems possible that next year
marks the 25th anniversary of the meeting of guitarists Ryan Miller and
Adam Gardner and percussionist Brian Rosenworcel, freshmen at Tufts
University who turned their dorm room songwriting hobby into a quarter
century of Alt Rock/Folk Pop wonder as Guster.
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concludes
its 40th season on June 1 amid symptoms of classic midlife crisis.
There’s no equivalent of a red Porsche, but there are serious concerns
about the organization’s viability and how it might reinvent itself in a
continually uncertain marketplace.
MYCincinnati, a free youth orchestra program in Price Hill, begins as
Eddy Kwon, assistant program director, leads the Ambassador Ensemble, a
string sextet of young musicians, in their practice.
The first Zines, Screens & Screams Fest, a celebration of DIY music and culture, comes to Main Street in Over-the-Rhine this Friday and Saturday. Plus, local Alt Pop Rock band Hot for Alice celebrates its debut album release, Sirens, and The Warsaw Falcons are back and playing this weekend with longtime friends The Tigerlilies and JetLab.
Prolific singer/songwriter Mark Utley has released a single album’s worth of songs. And that’s all. Bulletville, Utley’s excellent
sophomore solo album, is not a double-set on a single CD or accompanied
by a new release from his band Magnolia Mountain or another musical
vessel for the songs that pour endlessly from his head, heart and hands.
Chuck Prophet is making some of the best music of his
career. Jangly, unique and rocking, Prophet’s jams should be reaching a
bigger audience. But fickleness and modern tastes don’t always coincide
with true creativity that may be lying in the grass like a snake.
Very few bands have successfully
incorporated as many genres and directions into their groovy,
improvisation-heavy Jam Band presentation as Lotus. For the past 16
years, the Philadelphia-based quintet has carved out a niche within the
admittedly open and accepting Jam community with a fascinating
combination of late ’90s Pop Rock, gadgety Electronica, noodly Fusion,
raise-the-roof Funk, reflective Chillwave and positive Hip Hop.
Colleen Green’s third full-length (and first album recorded in an actual recording studio) is titled I Want to Grow Up, which is no coincidence. Well, that is if you equate a glossier sound and trying to kick coffee and weed as growing up.