It seems like in the past, Cincinnati had a reputation for
being the kind of place you could move away from for a decade knowing
that when you returned, the gas station, grocery store and drinking
establishments would be there waiting for you, exactly as you left them.
remodeling and reopening last year, downtown’s Taft Theatre already was
programming a more adventurous concert lineup than usual. This year, the
venue has already announced shows by more “mid-level” groups like Trampled By Turtles and JJ Grey & Mofro, both cult faves and Southgate alumni.
Last year, officials in Marshall, Texas,
declared its city the birthplace of Boogie Woogie music. But 13 years
ago, local pianist Ricky Nye started a tradition that has made Greater
Cincinnati (or, more precisely, Newport, Ky.) one of the premiere active
hubs in the U.S. for the rolling, rollicking American style of
Blues/R&B music that dates back to the late 1800s.
Local melodic Death Metal group Rose
Funeral have released its second long-player for esteemed label Metal
Blade. Now a slimmed down trio (though no less ferocious), the band’s Gates of Punishment came out at the end of September, but Rose Funeral is just now making its way back from tour to host a hometown release party.
Lou Barlow is a direct guy. The
45-year-old founder and main frontman for lo-fi Indie Rock stalwarts
Sebadoh doesn’t mince words or waste time — a fact easily discerned when
listening to his band’s concise, emotionally direct songs. It makes sense, then, that Barlow would be similarly to the point when discussing Sebadoh’s return via the “Bakesale/Harmacy
Remembering Time Tour,” which stops at the Southgate House Thursday.
Jeff Pezzati's intensely melodic vocals were one of
Naked Raygun's signature attributes and, in 1999, Pezzati (also the early
bassist for another Windy City institution, Big Black) decided to lend
his voice to a new project, the fiery, heavy Post Punk/Post Hardcore
crew The Bomb, alongside guitarist Jeff Dean. Working with underground
icons like Steve Albini (a longtime friend of Pezzati's) and Jawbox's J
Robbins on production, The Bomb has sporadically released EPs and
long-players over the past decade-plus
If you’re walking around Newport on Thursday and run into
adults with horror-flick make-up or awesomely spiked hair, don’t fret —
you haven’t missed out on an early Halloween party. Misfits are playing
at Southgate House and the band’s fans like to turn out in style.
Since the early ’90s, Tokyo’s Melt-Banana has been the
squalling gold standard when it comes to the blistering belligerence of
Noise Rock. The band’s core influences have remained
intact over 10 albums, while its eclectic experiences have broadened its inspirations.
Over the past three decades, They Might Be
Giants has worn so many unique hats — Indie Rock nobodies, alt.press
darlings, phone-to-internet pioneers, commercial successes, TV/film
contributors, kids music heroes, Grammy winners, documentary subjects —
it seems as though they’ve had to grow a new head to accommodate each