First-time CEA host — and CityBeat Arts & Culture Editor — Jac Kern shares little-known facts about what happens backstage
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The CEAs are a much bigger production
than people might assume, and while it might appear that some of us up
there were winging it at times (definitely true), we think that’s part
of what makes the event great.
by Brian Baker
44 days ago
Longtime local rockers celebrate new album release tonight at MOTR Pub
It has been much too long since Patrick Hennessy and any viable version of The Tigerlilies have committed to a studio regimen and the clear goal of emerging with something/anything approaching the scorching delight of their first three discs, 1992's Deeper, 1997's Space Age Love Songs and 2003's Ceci N'Est Pas Pop. Hennessy's involvement with The Fairmount Girls began in 2004, a span of time that nearly equals the gap between the Tigerlilies' third release and its latest and perhaps greatest recorded document, In the Dark.Vocalist/guitarist Hennessy, his drumming/singing brother Steve and bassist Brian Driscoll were joined by guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bogosian about midway through The Tigerlilies' long studio drought; Bogosian even did a little moonlighting of his own with Kry Kids. Somehow, the quartet managed to motivate themselves to pen a dozen new Tigerlilies classics and set to work with Culture Queer's Jeremy Lesniak at the console to create In the Dark. In fact, when I interviewed Culture Queer a little over a year ago, Lesniak was in the process of digitally tweaking In the Dark and promised that it would be their best album to date. That has turned out to be a promise well kept.While The Tigerlilies are enamored with Rock's Glam period and Punk traditions, the band tends to filter it all through a greater love of Brit Pop in general, not to mention a proclivity toward a more defined Power Pop direction, resulting in a sound that suggests Cheap Trick and Husker Du teaming up for a Clash tribute. That position is made perfectly clear on In the Dark, from full throttle disc opener "Hold on Tight" to the melancholy joy of "Don't Let It Get You Down" to the Husker/Trick jittery jangle of "Sweetheart" and the anthemic Velvet Crush-like barnstorm of "Some Things Are Meant to Be." In the Dark isn't all bash-and-crash, with more than a few relatively quiet moments (the Beatlesque "Pull You In," "Five Will Get You Ten," the title track) offered as a bit of a breather, but even at their most sedate, The Tigerlilies bristle with an undeniable love of chiming Pop spiked with a bracing dose of melodic Punk. Learn how to get a song on itunes at ReverbNation.comDon't miss The Tigerlilies' release party for In the Dark TONIGHT at MOTR Pub starting at 10 p.m. with openers Subsets.
by Mike Breen
44 days ago
Seventeenth annual celebration of Greater Cincinnati's music makers goes up against The Grammys this year
The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony/party returns for its 17th annual celebration of the Greater Cincinnati music scene this Sunday at Madison Theater (730 Madison Ave., Covington, madisontheateronline.com). The show is open to music fans of all ages and kicks off at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)This marks the first year the CEAs have gone up against that OTHER music awards show, The Grammys (made possible by the CEA ceremony’s move from November to January last year). Don’t worry — you can DVR The Grammys or check out the best bits later online.Along with the presentation of awards in 19 categories and lots of fun planned by first-time host (and CityBeat Arts & Culture Editor) Jac Kern, this year’s CEAs will feature more live performances than ever. The show will open with a secret — an all-star crew going by the name Saint Ain’t Mangled Angels. There will also be a special appearance by Folk trio The Tillers, who will pay tribute to their former bassist, Jason Soudrette, who passed away last year. Rounding out the great performance lineup are 2014 CEA nominees DAAP Girls, The Almighty Get Down, Moonbow, Valley High, Honey & Houston, The Yugos and The Upset Victory. (Check out all of this year's nominees here.)Immediately after the CEA show, ticket holders are invited to attend the famous/infamous after party at BLDG (30 W Pike St., Covington, 513-491-4228). Indie/Electronic band Dark Colour will perform and Melissa Fairmount and Dana Hamblen of The Fairmount Girls will once again be doling out the “Fashion Trashies,” special handmade awards given to the best/worst/weirdest dressed CEA attendees (so be sure to look your best/worst/weirdest on the red carpet!). Tickets to the CEA show are available at cincyticket.com for $20 (they’ll be $25 at the door). Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. Also available at cincyticket.com are special VIP tickets. For $40, VIPs get some goodies from the Heritage Foundation (including a membership), food and drinks, private seating, performances by DJ squad Selectas Choice and more. For those who can’t make it Sunday, follow @CityBeatMusic on Twitter to find out who wins what live as the awards are handed out.Click below to check out this year’s nominees in first time category, Best Music Video. The videos will be shown on the big screen at the Madison a half hour before the 7 p.m. start time.
by Brian Baker
45 days ago
Cincinnati Folk singer/songwriter Matt Baumann goes on a prolific release spree with much more music coming soon
Five years ago, Matt Baumann was exploring the fringes of avant garde Jazz and creating sparse Ambient soundscapes with nothing more than his alto/tenor saxophones (he occasionally duoed with friends Eric Barnett and Jim Feist, but largely worked on his own) and a vision of crafting a quietly powerful body of work. At the time of our last interview, in late 2008, Baumann namechecked all the right Jazz influences — John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Jan Garbarek — but he also ticked off a number of singer/songwriters whose work had been more inspirational than influential, from Warren Zevon and Tom Waits to Jason Molina and David Bazan, saying that he attempted to channel their passion and not necessarily their method of expressing it.In 2011, disillusioned with the local Jazz scene, Baumann opted for the singer/songwriter route, learning to play the plectrum banjo but maintaining his lone wolf performing status. That may well have been Baumann's inspiration for adopting the nom de plume of WolfCryer, as well as his desire to begin a fresh new direction. His acclaimed eponymous debut EP dropped in 2012 and he's been steadily working the Folk/Americana scene ever since, but the last few months have been especially productive with the release of a trio of evocative, emotionally engaging and typically atmospheric EPs. The first,The Long Ride Home, dropped quietly last September and showcased a new WolfCryer of sorts, as Baumann added acoustic guitar and harmonica to an arsenal already loaded with melancholy melodicism ("Roll Call of Ghosts") and intelligent wordplay ("Never Carry More Than You Can Hold"). <a href="http://wolfcryer.bandcamp.com/album/the-long-ride-home">The Long Ride Home by WolfCryer</a>The next two WolfCryer EPs, sporting four tracks each, have come in fairly rapid succession; Hell's Coming Down came out at the end of November and Wild Spaces dropped on New Year's Day, both generally following the template of The Long Ride Home and both stacked with highlights, like the lovely "Andromeda" and winsome "whiskeyheart" (where Baumann's banjo makes a welcome reappearance) on the former, the expansive "Lonely Country" and the heartrending "Better to Be" on the latter.<a href="http://wolfcryer.bandcamp.com/album/wild-spaces">Wild Spaces by WolfCryer</a>Baumann was a cluster recordist back in his Jazz days, and that aspect of his creative life hasn't changed much; on the heels of his last three EPs, released over the course of the last three months, his plans for the new year include both his debut and sophomore full-length albums (the proposed title track for the latter, "Box of Bones," is posted below). Originally slated for next month, WolfCryer's debut album, The Ivory in the Narrows, has been pushed to a summer release, but his Feb. 15 release show at Southgate House Revival remains intact as Baumann is re-releasing The Long Ride Home, which was never given an actual official release in the first place. <a href="http://wolfcryer.bandcamp.com/album/box-of-bones">Box of Bones by WolfCryer</a>If you think a guy and a guitar is drab, give WolfCryer a shot; given the slightest opportunity, he'll build a quiet and beautiful new room in your heart.
Plus, music-packed 17th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards set for this Sunday
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Enduring Cincinnati Power Pop/Rock champs The Tigerlilies return with a new album, In the Dark, while the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards celebrates its 17th anniversary this Sunday in Covington.
by Mike Breen
51 days ago
Music and more from the 10 new artists appearing at Saturday’s local music showcase at Bogart’s
Saturday at Bogart’s you’ll have a chance to see 10 of Greater Cincinnati’s finest up-and-comers as CityBeat presents the first “Best New Bands” showcase. The event coincides with our “Best New Bands” cover story, featuring profiles and info on all of the performers — grab a copy if you haven’t. Below is the lineup, which includes all six of the local acts nominated in the “New Artist of the Year” category and four other favorites, plus some audio/video previews to whet your appetite. Click the artists’ name to read CityBeat’s stories (and some great original photography) about each. The stories include links to the acts’ websites and more music. The doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bogart’s and admission is just $5. Performers will be featured on two stages, so it will be non-stop music all night.7:30 p.m. Pop Goes the Evil 8 p.m. Molly Sullivan 8:30 p.m. Injecting Strangers <a href="http://injectingstrangers.bandcamp.com/album/nightmare-nancy">Nightmare Nancy by Injecting Strangers</a>9 p.m. ADM 9:30 p.m. Mardou 10 p.m. Austin Livingood 10:30 p.m. Archer's Paradox11 p.m. Little Lights 11:30 p.m. Tweens 12:15 a.m. Electric Citizen
A look at some of Greater Cincinnati’s top artists to watch in 2014
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Local music has been a priority at CityBeat
ever since the paper was founded almost 20 years ago. And a huge part
of that focus has been on new artists, the lifeblood of any strong music
scene. Judging by the new artists who grabbed
our attention in 2013, the future of the Greater Cincinnati music scene
is in very good hands.
Austin Livingood breaks away from Belle Histoire to create a pair of stunning EPs
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
In 2013, Belle Histoire’s Jane Smith planted new
musical seeds with her solo venture Decker while insisting Belle
Histoire was merely on hiatus. But when guitarist Austin Livingood
stepped up to the solo plate last summer and knocked his debut EP, The Weightless Anchor: By Plane (I), out of the park, the writing was on the wall.
On its debut album, Archer’s Paradox smartly combines a sharp Pop sensibility with the members’ varied influences
1 Comment · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Archer’s Paradox formed in 2012, and
it wasn’t long before the newly minted six-piece was making a name for
itself, grabbing a slot at the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival and
earning a growing number of converts.
Inspired by the Beats, other local musicians and early Post Punk, Mardou made waves in 2013
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Mardou calls its music “Post Punk/Noise
Pop shit,” which is as good a descriptor as any. The fresh-faced local
quartet had a fruitful 2013,
dropping a pair of addictive EPs that recall myriad sonic antecedents (most
notably Joy Division and Sonic Youth) yet are intriguing enough on their
own to yield genuine excitement about what these guys might conjure