There are more than a few surprises in
the long and fairly illustrious timeline of Nappy Roots. The Hip Hop
collective first assembled in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1995, and then
spent the next four years honing their craft and sharpening their skills.
About 10 years ago, Col. Bruce Hampton played the
now-defunct Barrelhouse here in Cincy. Now, Hampton brings his latest band to Stanley’s Pub, following last year’s release of the documentary movie, Basically Frightened: The Musical Madness of Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret.
Simo's eponymous 2011 record is
workmanlike Psychedelic/Classic Rock with a good number of highlights,
including the acoustic-gone-full-throttle-Rock rush of “Young Man, Old
Man” and the boozy, midnight-hour-in-the-dive-bar Blues of “What's On
recently sang lead for Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, a Ramones tribute, and
his current show, The Human Party Machine Solo Tour, is a
one-keyboard/one-mic frenzy of, as he puts it, "blood, love and
courage." Get there, get set and get wet.
Schmidt's poetic and melodic gifts have earned him glowing
comparisons to Dylan and Leonard Cohen, his keen sense of humor has
been measured against Prine and Steve Goodman and his haunting
songcraft, as well as his roots, have aligned him with Townes Van Zandt.
Rundgren’s own latest album is called State and it
brings the long-time innovator into the modern scene full bore, with
energetic stabs at Electronica, Dub Step and Techno, with his unique
vocals and multi-layered/multi-instrumental arsenal thrown up against
the electronics to see what sticks.
After close to six solid years of touring and a quintet of
best selling albums (including a B-sides/rarities collection and a live
CD/DVD set), The Killers began 2010 with the announcement that they
would be taking a well-deserved break. But the need to create doesn't
take convenient vacations.
Ordinarily, Indie Rock, Halo and skating share a
whole heap of nothing in common. But for Wild Moccasins
vocalist/guitarist Cody Swann, each of those things has functioned as an
all-enveloping obsession at some point in his life.