WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS?
 
 
by Mike Breen 05.17.2012
Posted In: Local Music, Music News at 08:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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Foxy Shazam: House Band for "Guys Choice" Awards

Local rockers to play Spike TV's celebration of testosterone

It ain't the Oscars, but Cincinnati rockers Foxy Shazam will be making like Bill Conti and providing the music for Spike TV's manly "Guys Choice" awards, which will be telecast on the channel June 9 at 9 p.m. (the show is taping in Culver City, Calif., on June 2).Foxy will rock between the doling out of awards such as "Holy Grail of Hot," "Most Dangerous Man" (fitting!), "Top Fantasy Leaguer," "Comedy MVP," "Best Fight Scene,"  "Outstanding Literary Achievement" (seriously, though it's Dick Cheney vs. Tina Fey in the category), "Best Ass Kicker" (alas, no "Best Ass Kisser") and "Top Masturbator" (OK, made that one up). Joining Foxy on the broadcast will be Adam Sandler, Emma Stone, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell and others.You can vote for the awards (and look at photos of half naked women) here. Foxy, as always, has been relentlessly touring, traveling the world in support of its early 2012 release Church of Rock & Roll on I.R.S. Records. The band is performing at the huge Rock on the Range festival in Columbus this weekend (they play the FYE second stage Friday at 8:30 p.m.). Here's some footage of the band from a recent U.K. stint.
 
 
by Mike Breen 05.03.2012
Posted In: Local Music, Music News at 01:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Foxy Shazam Singer Co-Stars in New Dee Snider Vid

Eric Nally featured in Twisted Sister vocalist's video for "Mack the Knife"

Entertainment Weekly's website recently debuted a bizarre music video for Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider's cover of "Mack the Knife." The clip features Eric Nally, singer for internationally renowned, Cincy born-and-bred hard rockers Foxy Shazam, as a nerded-up emcee introducing Snider before a less-than-enthused small crowd. The song is from Snider's album of covers, Dee Does Broadway, which includes Broadway cameos from Bebe Neuwirth and Patti LuPone. The video clip also includes a cameo by modern Prog Rock legend Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Translatlantic). "Mack the Knife" is rendered fairly straightforward by Dee … at first. (You just knew he wasn't going to take it anymore.)Click here to watch the clip.Snider is a Foxy fan, apparently. On a morning show in L.A. recently, he shouted-out the band to viewers, calling them "Queen meets The Darkness … so brilliant!It's not the first Rock veteran to take notice of Foxy's talent. Nally co-wrote songs with Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Meat Loaf and others for Meat Loaf's 2010 album Hang Cool Teddy Bear. Here's "California Isn't Big Enough (Hey There Girl)," which Nally and Hawkins wrote together. (Foxy and the since-reunited Darkness have been touring together a bunch lately, a match made in flamboyant Rock & Roll heaven.)
 
 
by Mike Breen 03.19.2012
Posted In: SXSW, Local Music at 03:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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SXSW 2012: Random Notes

SXSW notes on Walk the Moon, DJ Clockwork, Wussy and Foxy Shazam

Several of Cincinnati's biggest artists scored some national attention for their appearances in Austin during the just-concluded South By Southwest festival. • Among various other appearances in Austin during South By Southwest, RCA Records' Walk the Moon were also featured at the mtvU Woodie Awards Festival. The fest (streamed live online) was an offshoot of the Woodie Awards ceremony, which had Walk the Moon nominated for the new artist award (or, as they call it, the Breaking Woodie … which just sounds painful). Fellow Ohioan, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, ended up scoring that prize.Here's a video clip from WTM's Woodie fest appearance. Get More: Walk The Moon, Next In Line (Live), Music, More Music Videos• DJ Clockwork was also at the Woodies, as the DJ for the awards' big winner, hot Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller. Miller took home the big prize — Woodie of the Year — as well as the "Performing Woodie." Check out a clip of Miller, Clockwork and the rest of the crew below. And click here to view some pics from the event via DJ Clockwork's site. Get More: Mac Miller, Smile Back (Live), Music, More Music Videos• Rockers Foxy Shazam played a couple of shows at SXSW. But, more importantly, the band members got to meet "Downtown" Julie Brown! Brown interviewed the band in Austin for Billboard's online column, The Music Insider. Check it:• The critical frenzy for Wussy has kicked into overdrive since the release of the group's latest album, Strawberry, and subsequent touring behind it. The band was featured on the Village Voice site before a show in NYC earlier this month and longtime champion and legendary music critic Robert Christgau drooled all over the band again in a just-published essay in which he calls Wussy the best band in America. (He also calls Cincinnati "unhip," but don't worry — he knows music much better than he knows Midwestern cities.)Wussy also drew solid crowds at South By Southwest, thanks partly to a recommendation from the Austin weekly paper, but also due to the slow buzz that's been building for the band in general. KEXP, the excellent Seatlle-based public radio station, aired a live performance by Wussy from the festival. Click here to give it a listen. KEXP also posted a bit about the performance and some great photos of the band here.
 
 

Greater Cincinnati’s South By Southwest Takeover

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2012
If you were to use Cincinnati’s representation at this year’s South By Southwest festival as an indicator of the health of our local music scene at the moment, then Cincinnati music circa 2012 is in top physical condition. Never has Cincinnati had such a presence at America’s premier fan/industry showcase.  
by Mike Breen 03.06.2012
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music at 03:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
 
 
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Cincinnati Music's Unprecedented SXSW Invasion

Oodles of Greater Cincinnati musicians and businesses prepare to mess with Texas

I attended my first South By Southwest festival in Austin, Tex., over 15 years ago to cover local Funk group SHAG's appearance at the festival for a much younger CityBeat. It seemed exciting back then that one of Cincinnati's biggest bands was invited to showcase at SXSW. This year, the amount of acts from the area performing is unprecedented — never has Cincinnati had such a presence at America’s premier music fan/industry showcase and conference (which starts a week from today). And it’s not just performers. Representatives from local promo company The Counter Rhythm Group will be on hand in force, venture development group CincyTech is hosting regular chats as well as a Cincinnati hospitality headquarters and party in Austin and the progressive promotional/licensing machine The All Night Party is sponsoring both a tour centered around the Texas festival and its own showcase night at the event, a first for a local organization. And, as we have most SXSWs over the past 17 years, CityBeat will have a reporter on the scene providing regular updates for this here blog. Be sure to check back often starting next week and see how are hometown heroes are doing. Here’s an overview of just some of the Cincy-centric happenings related to SXSW 2012:• The All Night Party presents the Midwest by Southwest tour (also sponsored by this summer’s Bunbury Music Festival and assisted by Counter Rhythm and Reveal Concepts) featuring, as the tagline reads, “Four Midwestern Bands — On A Mission to Rock.” The tour has Cincinnati bands The Sundresses (repeat visitors to SXSW) and Wussy, as well as Cleveland rockers The Whiskey Daredevils and Lexington’s Oh My Me. The jaunt begins Thursday at Mount Lookout’s The Redmoor. (Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $10.) MWXSW will hit several other cities before and after the ANP SXSW showcase Tuesday at the Soho Lounge. The Lions Rampant will appear on the bill in Austin, as well. If you'd like to help the caravan out, there is a Kickstarter campaign with some cool perks you can check out here. (Quick, only three days left!) Here's the promo vid:• R. Ring, the acoustic duo featuring local musician/engineer Mike Montgomery (thistle, Ampline) and Dayton, Ohio’s Kelley Deal (Breeders), will perform at a showcase hosted by the Misra label on March 15. Misra is releasing the twosome’s first single in a few months, with a full-length to follow. • Ohio Knife, a new duo project from The Chocolate Horse’s Jason Snell, Andrew Higley and Joe Suer, is also headed to Austin and the local branch of branding agency Landor is tagging along. The company is hosting a travelogue website here so you can follow along at home. Ohio Knife plays a tour kickoff show Friday at The Comet in Northside. The band will hit other clubs in Tennessee and Texas along its way to SXSW. • Local Indie Pop faves Pomegranates are now labelmates (on the Modern Outsider imprint) with fellow Cincy band Bad Veins. While the Veins won’t be performing in Texas (they’re preparing their own tour launch March 19 in Colorado), the Poms will play the official Modern Outsider SXSW showcase on March 14 at Trinity Hall. • Indie/Folk/Electro/Pop powerhouse The Seedy Seeds took part in a SXSW launch party a couple of weeks ago. The band performs at the All Night Party showcase Tuesday.• Eccentric breakout rockers Foxy Shazam are one of the headliners of a showcase presented by the huge booking company The Agency Group on March 15 at Latitude 30; the day before they’ll play an afternoon party. • Cincy RCA Records recording artists Walk the Moon aren’t technically “showcasing” for SXSW, but they will be in Austin for the MTVu Woodie Awards ceremony and festival held in during SXSW, where they’ll be performing and hoping to score the Breaking Woodie award they’re competing for against acts like tUnE-YarDs and Lana Del Rey. Vote for the hometown boys here, where you can also watch a live stream from the March 15 festival.
 
 

Record Store Day’s Local Spin

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Northside’s Shake It Records (often recognized as one of the best record stores in the Midwest) is again going all out with Record Store Day activities. Besides stocking most of the special recordings being offered exclusively on RSD (making it a daylong wet dream for serious record collectors), Shake It has put together a lineup of appearances for Saturday that gives some love to our local music-makers.  

And the Winners Are …

Foxy Shazam's performance and three awards highlight fast, fun night at the 2010 CEAs

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
On Nov. 21 at Covington's Madison Theater, Cincinnati Entertainment Awards were presented in 19 categories. An even mix of previous CEA victors (Freekbass, Dallas Moore Band, Ricky Nye) and first-time nominees (I Am the Messenger, Mad Anthony, Pop Empire), winners received the trademark CEA "trophy," a groovy hand-painted faux-"Gold Record" plaque.  

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music

Nov. 21 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, November 15, 2010
The local music scene's big night out is the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, and Sunday night's 14th annual CEA show will be no exception. The show features live performances by nominees Foxy Shazam, The Cincy Brass, Kim Taylor, The Guitars and Dallas Moore, and awards will be handed out in 19 categories, 16 of which were voted on by the public.   

Let Us Praise

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards continues 14-year tradition of celebrating local music

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards program is an attempt to remind local musicians that their contributions are greatly appreciated. It's also an attempt to bring together musicians (as well the non-musicians who work to support and nurture the scene) from across the local music spectrum to have an outrageously good time. Having a full bar in the room might be a factor, too, as will be in evidence Sunday night at the Madison Theater.  

Roky Erickson, Apples in Stereo, Ozomatli, Shelby Lynne and Matt Pond PA

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Another week, another teetering pile of releases to consider. I've already run seriously short on time again for this posting due to accumulating deadlines and last-minute assignments from a variety of sources. Good for my bottom line, bad for my schedule. This week I'm checking out new CDs from Roky Erickson, Apples in Stereo, Ozomatli, Shelby Lynne, Sweet Apple and Matt Pond PA.  

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