Love is a many-splendored thing … unless you’ve been burned by it or are living without it. Then it’s stupid and you didn’t want it anyway, right? If you’re in that loveless boat, turn commiseration into celebration at the third annual “anti-Valentine’s Day extravaganza,” Love Sick, this Friday at the Southgate House.
Everyone has their limits, so if on Christmas night you're feeling like a stiff drink (or seven) and some quality original Rock & Roll, head downtown to Mainstay Rock Bar and catch two of Cincinnati's best Rock crews, both coming off years worth celebrating.
While you're waiting for nostalgia for the '00s to kick in (remember that crazy Kanye West dude?), you can dip back to the 1990s Friday as several local musicians team up at The Mad Hatter for a musical tribute to the era that saw Hair Metal murdered by Grunge. The show is headlined by (presumably one-off) local supergroup tribute bands The Neverminds (Nirvana tribute), Butthole Son (Soundgarden), Hung Bunny (Melvins) and Bossarosa (Pixies).
The upcoming MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on Fountain Square (three bands for free every Friday) opens with Scottish Indie Pop darlings Camera Obscura June 4, the much-buzzed about Neon Indian June 11, MidPoint vets Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit June 18 and reunited Pop/Punk Chicago band Smoking Popes June 25. And that's just the first month.
After two excellent EPs, The Lions Rampant's full length album, 'It's Fun to Do Bad Things' (released next week), is a masterstroke of snarling, primal Garage Rock with extra helpings of deep fried Soul. "I can definitely see a change from the beginning to these songs," Stuart MacKenzie says. "This album is a lot more diverse than the EPs."
This Sunday, local musicians and the fans who love them will be getting gussied up for the 13th Cincinnati Entertainment Awards honoring local musicians. The CEAs will be presented at a 7 p.m. ceremony at Covington's Madison Theater, a first for the event, and feature live performances from six nominated acts.
Local musicians and the fans who love them will be getting gussied up for the 13th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music Sunday night at Covington's Madison Theater. Even if you disdain the concept of award shows, the CEAs are always one of the best parties of the year and totally down to earth. The afterparty ranks up there too — buy a ticket and get into the post-ceremony shindig at The Mad Hatter, where The Fairmount Girls will hand out their Fashion Trashie Awards.
I recently sat down with Stuart MacKenzie from The Lions Rampant in a semi-professional setting (The Comet) to discuss the band's new album, 'It's Fun to Do Bad Things.' But instead of focusing on leather pants, his Sammy Hagar-esque blond ambition and Rock & Roll, the convo veered off the record into his love life and other things he doesn't want his mom to read about.