by Mike Breen
Cincinnati band celebrates new RCA Records release in NYC
Last night, Cincinnati's Walk the Moon hosted an album release show at New York City's Mercury Lounge in honor of their full-length debut for RCA Records. To promote the record on a bit of a wider scale, the quartet also performed on The Late Show with David Letterman. The band played its signature tune, "Anna Sun," which has been named "song of the summer" two years running and, therefore, deserves a ranking on the list of all-time songs of summer. WtM's appearance on The Late Show also elicited some nostalgia from the host. Letterman introduced the band as "from the Queen City, Cincinnati, Ohio … home of Oscar Robertson and your Cincinnati Royals." Lettterman grew up in Indiana and has talked about his affinity for Cincinnati (and, particularly, its sports teams, including our one-time NBA franchise) frequently. After the tune, Letterman seemed to enjoy the group so much, he joked with them, "Now wait a minute — during your song, we made some calls and we've arranged for you guys to move from Cincinnati and live here at the YMCA." Walk the Moon killed it. Look ma — no face paint?! Here's the video:
by Mike Breen
Cincinnati AltDancePop quartet debuts new LP via VEVO, videos
Local RCA Records recording artists Walk the Moon surprised fans today by announcing that they have teamed with video service VEVO to premiere its new, self-titled album, which hits stores this coming Tuesday. The album is being premiered as a "series of officially unofficial videos, hand-made, band-made by yours truly without a film crew or a budget." Check out the full Walk the Moon album below (in playlist form).
by Mike Breen
Cincinnati AltPop quartet's major label debut due June 19
Local on-the-rise AltPop band Walk the Moon's debut album for RCA Records (NOT their debut album, as is widely reported) is set for release on June 19 and MTV just posted the album cover and tracklist on its "Buzzworthy" blog. (The band was deemed one of MTV's "Artists to Watch" for 2012.) Click over to MTV for the list of songs on the release (yes, "Anna Sun" is on there!). The band begins its "Naked Feet Tour" later this month. No Cincy date yet, though they'll play the Forecastle Festival in Louisville on July 15 (and will surely fit a local date or two into the schedule at some point). The band will be touring Europe later in the year for the first time with majorly-buzzing band fun.Here's the cover to the RCA Records release, Walk the Moon.
by Mike Breen
Bad Veins, Pomegranates, Walk the Moon among "10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now"
Paste magazine's "50 States Project" series singling out some of the best music in all of the states in America today posted its list of Ohio bands. Three Cincinnati acts — Bad Veins (in at No. 1!), Walk the Moon and Pomegranates — made the cut. Here's the rundown of all the bands chosen in Paste's "10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now." 1. Bad Veins (Cincinnati)2. The Black Swans (Columbus)3. Cloud Nothings (Cleveland)4. The Lighthouse and the Whaler (Cleveland)5. Nick Tolford and Company (Columbus)6. Old Hundred (Columbus)7. Phantods (Columbus)8. Pomegranates (Cincinnati)9. Southeast Engine (Athens)10. Walk the Moon (Cincinnati)Listen to a track from each band and read what Paste has to say about Ohio here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Some readers are probably giddy with
excitement over Friday’s holiday (“4/20, dude”), while others are more
anticipating 4/21, otherwise known as Record Store Day. (More than a few
are probably psyched for both and have blocked out the entire weekend
for debauchery and music buying.)
A record number of bands from Greater Cincinnati complete successful invasion of Austin’s South By Southwest
8 Comments · Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Among the masses at this year’s South By Southwest, the yearly Austin festival,
(the music portion of which ran March 13-18) were several of
Cincinnati’s hometown favorites, marking the largest turnout yet for
Cincinnati-based bands at SXSW.
by Mike Breen
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, Local Music
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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.
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
by Mike Breen
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.
by Mike Breen
Local heroes' show at Madison Theater promotes upcoming mtvU Woodie Awards
Cincinnati-spawned Indie/Dance/Pop quartet Walk the Moon's tour with Young the Giant brought them home Friday night as the band performed an incredibly tight and impressive opening set at Covington's Madison Theater. The early sell-out status of the show was largely due to the headliners, who have been playing to packed houses for a while now as the buzz about them continues to get louder. But it was clear that Walk the Moon had a large contingency of fans in the house that responded wildly to the set, something that's likely true at more and more shows the band plays across the U.S. as word of the band continues to spread online like wildfire.The show was part of several dates with YTG sponsored by the Woodie Awards, an mtvU awards show that had signage throughout the club. (MTV seems to have 50 award shows now, but Wikipedia says the Woodies honor "the music voted best by college students.") Walk the Moon is nominated for a "Breaking Woodie," given to newer acts. The Woodie Awards take place in Austin, Texas, during South By Southwest, capping off the 2012 Woodie Awards Festival (which WTM is set to play). Voting in Walk the Moon's category is open all the way until the trophy is handed out on March 15. The festival and ceremony will stream live online here. Wanna help Walk the Moon get a Woodie? They have some tough competition (Lana Del Rey and tUnE-yArDs included), so help out your hometown boys done good and click here to vote (even if you're not in college).Below are a couple more recently posted video clips from the band. I think "Tightrope" is the next single, judging by the postings (a live acoustic performance at The Mockbee, where filming of the band's viral "Anna Sun" video took place, as well as a version taped for Carson Daly's show in L.A., live at the Wiltern Theater).