Friday Pick: Heartless Bastards

Erika Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards come home for MidPoint

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The first thing Erika Wennerstrom did when she relocated to Austin, Texas two years ago was to find an apartment and sequester herself for six months, feverishly writing the songs that would ultimately comprise the Heartless Bastards' most nuanced and best album, 'The Mountain.' Although she was in new surroundings — namely one of the most potent music scenes in the country — the differences in the songs Wennerstrom was writing reflected a good deal more than her move.  

Them Glorious Bastards

Erika Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards come home for MidPoint

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Erika Wennerstrom's stuff might be jammed into an apartment in Austin, Texas, but Cincinnati will always be home for her and The Heartless Bastards. It's been nearly two years since she dismantled the original Bastards after her personal break-up with bassist Mike Lamping and relocated to Texas. "I think it was a good move for me to leave town for a bit," Wennerstrom says from her Austin digs.  

Grammer's Embraces Historical Significance

Persevering with innovative events and free popcorn

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Where in Greater Cincinnati can you find a beer festival one week, indoor bike races the next, weekly wiffleball games and flamboyant, sweaty dance parties in honor of Queen's Freddie Mercury all in one place? Why, Grammer’s bar of course.  

Austin City Limits, Iggy Pop and Ozzy

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The best music show on TV, PBS's "Austin City Limits," has announced the lineup of artists for its 35th anniversary season, which starts Oct. 3. The roster is another great mix of established artists and relative newcomers and includes Cincinnati's own Heartless Bastards, who have relocated to Austin.  

Ben Kweller, The Von Bondies, Roger Manning and More

0 Comments · Monday, February 9, 2009
So I finally picked up the new Bruce Springsteen but haven't had a chance to spin it yet. And I'm hot to hear the new Heartless Bastards, but maybe I'll wait until the hoopla dies down and give it a review based on a little perspective. So what does that leave us with in the present tense? Quite a lot actually: new CDs from Ben Kweller, The Von Bondies, Roger Manning and Ladyfinger, plus a 1973 classic from British singer/songwriter John Martyn.   

Music: Heartless Bastards

0 Comments · Thursday, October 2, 2008
The Heartless Bastards return to the Southgate House Thursday with new songs and a new lineup. In fact, it might not be appropriate to call the Bastards a “Cincinnati” band anymore, given that singer/songwriter/guitarist Erika Wennerstrom has relocated to Austin, Tex.