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Sturgill Simpson gives cosmic context to Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Last spring, singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson was overly anxious about the arrival of his debut album, High Top Mountain. He’s spent this year simultaneously anticipating the birth of his debut child and the reception of his just-released sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.    

Ten Don’t-Miss Buckle Up Music Festival Acts

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
It seems unnecessary to spotlight droolingly anticipated shows like Willie Nelson, Alabama, The Band Perry, Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show and Drive-By Truckers, so we’ll stick to some of the lower-tier artists that deserve your attention at the inaugural Buckle Up Festival.   

Pure Grain Drops ‘Indiana Sun’ on Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Country crew Pure Grain, which hails from nearby Bright, Ind., will be celebrating the release of its brand new album, Indiana Sun, when it performs as part of the free, weekly “American Roots” concert series this coming Tuesday on Fountain Square.   

Double Down

Bunbury Festival to Hit Cincinnati This Weekend, Followed up by New Festival Buckle Up

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Cincinnati, are you ready for two back-to-back weekends of three-day festivals, packed with national acts, local bands and up-and-comers? Get ready for the fest weekends with CityBeat's coverage of the two.   

Going, Going, Gonzo

Without a label for the first time in nearly a decade, Cincinnati’s Foxy Shazam drops its most ambitious album

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Last fall, a Foxy Shazam interview was convened at bassist Daisy Caplan’s Northside home for the purpose of discussing the band’s tour-ending, two-show extravaganza in Cincinnati — a full production at Bogart’s in Corryville, and an intimate club date at Northside’s Mayday.   

Attack of the Killer B’s

Local entrepreneur Bill Donabedian follows up his Bunbury Music Festival with the new Buckle Up fest

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
If you saw Bill Donabedian’s weary face in the waning hours of the last day of the first Bunbury Music Festival in 2012, you might have correctly discerned that the promotional genius who conceived the event was a) bone-tired from the months of preparation and the constant on-site troubleshooting involved in the three-day Indie/Alt concert series presented along the Sawyer Point/Serpentine Wall stretch of Cincinnati’s riverfront, and b) going to do it all over again the following year.  
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Local Art-Pop Trio Leggy Plays Northside Fest Tonight

On a closed off street in Northside, behind yesterday's Rock N’ Roll Carnival, band members of Leggy distribute the last of their cigarettes evenly amongst each other. The three-piece “art-rock-influenced-punk-pop” band (download their EP Cavity Castle for free here and come up with your own interpretation) consisting of Véronique Allaer on guitar, Kirsten Bladh on bass and Chris Campbell on drums are fresh off their residency at The Comet. Allaer writes the lyrics, and cites musicians such as St. Vincent and Lana Del Ray as her influences. This is evident in the track “Sweet Teeth,” with its inherent sexy-yet-sassy, tragic-yet-empowered lyricism. Allaer’s pouty voice is one of the quintessential elements that make Leggy, well, Leggy. If Audrey Horne (from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks) ever wanted to be a rock star, she would make a band like Leggy. When a band is given a Comet residency, they commit to playing once a week for a month, and get to pick the other bands that play on their bill. For a DIY band, or for any aspiring musicians, a regular gig at a popular music bar is a pretty big deal. So how does a band get a residency? For Leggy all they had to do was drink enough alcohol. “Do you know about Fogger Nights at Rake’s End?” Bladh asks. “We got way too drunk. It was like 2:30 a.m. so we went over to the Ice Cream Factory and drank with our friend who works at The Comet and eventually we were like, ‘Hey, we should have a residency at The Comet,’ and he was like, ‘Totally.’” A night of drinking might have been the catalyst for the residency, but Leggy’s résumé speaks for itself. They’re getting widespread attention internationally, and playing with acts like Ghost Wolves and Paul Collins and even playing in The Northside Rock N’ Roll carnival tonight. With each success, it’s hard to find a new way to progress forward, and — bar selling out Great American Ballpark — Leggy has accomplished a lot in our little corner of Ohio. So now they are headed out into the world — specifically, across the Midwest. Leggy’s next move is to go on tour and they say they’ll walk the Midwest if they have to — and they might have to. “The biggest issue is not booking shows, it’s figuring out how to get there,” Allaer says. “A friend of ours was going to let us use his van, but he hurt his back so now he needs it and none of us are 25.” In case you forgot or don’t know, a person isn’t legally allowed to rent a car until they are 25. Every member of Leggy is 24, and the tour starts mid-August. “We are trying to contact our 25-year-old friends,” Bladh says. Regardless the transportation, Leggy is a band that treats successes like stepping stones and ambition is more valuable than gasoline and shitty vans. July 4th, coincidentally, is a day Allaer will always remember as her wake up call for creating a successful band. “Two years ago today, I was wasted and fell off a three-story building and broke my hip. I basically could have died, and it made me reevaluate my priorities,” she says.
 
 

Kings of Power

Martin Luther and the Kings refine their “Kablam Rock” on latest material

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The members of Martin Luther and the Kings are recovering from a long night of partying, performing and drinking. Guitarist and vocalist “Hellcat” Matt Smith, bassist Aaron “Bogie” Bogren and drummer Jimmy “Jims” Snowden are sitting at a table with pints of Guinness, hot wings and sunglasses, all within reach.   

Grave Concerns

Mötley Crüe’s current tour really is its final one — legally

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Tommy Lee might sound a bit morbid when he says he wants each show on the final tour with his band, Mötley Crüe, to be like a wake.   

Street Life 101

The Nothing’s eclectic, streetwise sound combines every loud and angry genre

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Sitting down with Northern Kentucky-based Punk rockers The Nothing on May the 4th (Star Wars Day for the non-geeks in the audience) felt like fate. The members of the band (vocalist Jimi Caudill, guitarist Paulie Burgio, drummer Eric Robinson and bassist Dan Snow) have all had a Jedi-esque journey of redemption littered with band transitions, relationship implosions, addiction and other trials.   

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